Story Time Nursery Rhyme Cube

20 Aug

IMG_1548I’ll say this right up front, I can’t remember where I found this fun idea!  If it’s your genius at work, please let me know so that I can give you credit.  There is so much research in the story time world about the importance of nursery rhymes and singing to early literacy skills.  And as I said, I saw this idea somewhere and finally decided to create my own nursery rhyme cube for my fall story times.

This was very easy to make – an empty “square” tissue box, some paper to cover it up, heavy duty tape, and six nursery rhymes you know well and want to teach to young children.  I just used some brown craft paper – we ordered a HUGE roll that we use for just about everything right now.  And you can use packing tape or book tape to keep everything wrapped up and sturdy.  My co-worker and I decided on six nursery rhymes that can also be sung, just as a way to focus the cube, but you can literally choose and rhymes you want.IMG_1547

The six nursery rhymes are:

  1. Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
  2. Baa, Baa Black Sheep
  3. I’m a Little Teapot
  4. Mary Had a Little Lamb
  5. Pat-a-Cake
  6. Row, Row, Row Your Boat

We just used some clip art from the Internet and Microsoft Word and I think it looks great.  I’m contemplating actually typing up each rhyme’s name as a way to encourage letter recognition and pre-reading skills, but didn’t think about it until after I had taped on all of the clipart.  Oops!  We’re working our way through another tissue box, which I think will also be turned into a nursery rhyme cube, unless we find another amazing use for it!

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