Nursery rhymes are a perfect opportunity for preschool children to practice language, pre-reading, sequencing, memory / recall, problem solving and math concepts.
Nursery rhymes also enable connectedness between parent and child, which helps to reinforce and promote the child‘s self-esteem.
Depending on the nursery rhyme, physical skills are often practiced, too; both gross motor (through movement) and fine motor (manipulative activities through, for example, finger actions or puppets).
Nursery rhymes and their associated activities can be used as conversation starters and as the basis of role play to reinforce learning concepts. Sing and read along together these well-known rhymes from a book. Consider using hand or finger puppets to accompany each rhyme.
The children may be able to create simple masks or stick puppets to use in dramatization, or props like chairs can be used – for instance, in the case of ‘Humpty Dumpty’.
Nursery rhymes might seem silly or outdated to some adults but children imbibe so much value from their simple melodies, basic rhythms and strange, even comical, imagery. They help children understand that language is a process of communication.
Nursery rhymes have wowed children for centuries; even in this modern age of iPads and YouTube, they hold just as much amazement as ever.
I hope nursery rhymes help your children explore their imaginations and express their true creative selves, while having a lot of fun doing so!