Many children love nursery rhymes and little sing-songs, and if your child enjoys these traditional verses (or the modern ones), there are lots of crafts you can make with your child – some complicated, some simple!
We’ve collected a few of the best nursery rhyme crafts for you and your child to explore.
Interactive Itsy Bitsy Spider
This much-loved spider has had a lot of fun climbing up the water spout in his time, and he makes a great craft to do with your little one. Let’s explore how to make an Itsy Bitsy Spider and his own water spout that he can climb up and fall down as many times as your child wants!
You’re going to need:
- 2 black pom poms, one large and one small
- 1 empty paper towel tube
- Gray paint
- Googly eyes
- Black pipe cleaners
- White yarn
- Glue gun
- Blue beads (you can substitute for buttons, blue cards, foam, etc.)
- Yellow card
- 5 Popsicle sticks
- 1 old egg carton
- 1 craft knife
Step 1: Paint The Paper Towel Roll
Before you do anything else for this craft, make sure your large black pom pom fits down the paper tube with room to spare. The tube is going to be the water spout, and Itsy Bitsy must have plenty of space to climb up and down. If he doesn’t fit, find a smaller pom pom.
Now, you are going to help your child paint the paper towel roll gray to start this craft off with. Set the tube aside to dry.
Cut off one section of the egg carton and paint this too, leaving the top edge of it as wide as possible.
Finally, paint four of your Popsicle sticks gray.
Step 2: Glue The Pom Poms Together
To make Itsy Bitsy Spider, you’re going to glue the two pom-poms together using the glue gun. Get your child to help arrange the googly eyes on the smaller pom pom, and then you can also add two tiny fangs cut from white paper if your child wants to.
Cut some small lengths of pipe cleaner to make Itsy Bitsy’s legs. Remember that these are going to want some bends in them, so don’t cut them too short. When you have eight legs, get your child to help arrange them around the larger pom pom, and then use the glue gun to stick them in place.
Step 3: Make The Water Spout
Once your paper towel tube is dry, take your scissors, and cut a slit in it around 1/3 of the way from the end. You are then going to bend the paper tube at this point, creating a curve in the “water spout” that your spider is going to climb through. Use the glue gun to hold this in place, and you’ve got a water spout!
Next, take your four gray Popsicle sticks and use these to help the spout stand up independently. You may need to cut the ends square. Glue them to serve as legs that will hold the spout upright, with the bend near the bottom.
Step 4: Add Silk
Your spider needs something to be climbing with, so you’re now going to cut a length of white yarn, about two inches longer than your paper towel tube.
Get your child to help you glue this to one of the spider’s legs. If you want to be very accurate, you can instead glue it to the spider’s back end, and then just wrap it around one leg.
Thread the yarn through the pipe, and your child can use it to pull Itsy Bitsy Spider into and up the pipe. You may want to secure it at the top with a dot of glue and then they can just pull a fold in the yarn to draw him up; this will ensure Itsy Bitsy stays attached to the pipe.
Show your child how to pull on the yarn next to the end, instead of the end itself, to draw Itsy Bitsy through the tube.
Step 5: End The Pipe
You’re going to want something at the end of the water spout to catch anything that falls through it, so take your egg carton and measure it against the bottom of the water spout.
It should be wide enough to catch most things that fall out. If it isn’t, you may want to create a cone out of a gray card or find an alternative tray, so you aren’t constantly losing “the rain” when your child pours it through.
Step 6: Make The Rain
Itsy Bitsy needs to be washed out of the pipe. If you have blue beads, these would be great to use as they will be heavy enough to knock Itsy Bitsy down, and will sound like rain in the water spout.
If you don’t have any, there are plenty of things you can substitute, such as cutting raindrops out of card or foam or even dyeing rice blue (which will also make a great “rain” sound). Find something suitable for the rain if you can’t use blue beads.
Step 7: Make The Sunshine
What happens when all that rain has rained itself out? The sun turns up! To finish this craft, you need sunshine. On your yellow card, draw a large circle with some wavy edges – the sun doesn’t need to be complicated.
Cut it out and glue it to the last Popsicle stick, and you’ve got a sun for your child to wave at the craft when it’s time to dry up all the rain.
You now have everything you need; do a test run!
The Cow Jumped Over The Moon
This is another fun, interactive craft to do with a little one.
You’re going to need:
- 1 paper plate
- White card
- Black pen
- Black card (Optional)
- Paper fastener
- White glue
Step 1: Turn The Paper Plate Into A Moon
You’re going to start by helping your child draw some craters and marks to turn the paper plate into a moon. You can add a few dabs of yellow paint if they would like to, or leave it plain white. Use the “right” side of the plate, so your moon is on the side you would eat from. You can trim the plate down if you want to.
Step 2: Cut Out A Cow
Now, draw a cartoon cow on your white card, and cut it out. Your cow doesn’t need to look amazing. Let your child decorate it with a black pen, and then cut a long strip of cardboard, a little longer than half of the paper plate.
Step 3: Attach The Cow To The Moon
Glue the cow to the strip of card, and then use a paper fastener to fasten this behind the “moon” (so the strip is mostly hidden by the paper plate). Your cow should now be able to jump over the moon – and indeed, spin right around it.
Step 4: Add Figures (Optional)
You may want to add some other characters from the nursery rhyme, or you can leave the craft here.
Decide which is the bottom of the moon, and ask your child which other characters they would like to include. There’s a laughing dog, a dish and a spoon, and a cat and a fiddle.
Draw any or all silhouetted on the black card, and then cut them out and get your child to glue them on the bottom half of the plate.
Your cow jumping over the moon is now complete! Let your child have fun turning the cow around and around the moon.
Baa Baa Black Sheep
If your child loves this nursery rhyme, this is a very easy craft to do with a youngster and offers an opportunity to practice their fine motor skills. It also doesn’t involve much cleanup!
You’re going to need:
- White card
- Black yarn
- Small cloth bag (optional)
- Black pom poms (optional)
Step 1: Make A Sheep Template
You can either draw a sheep template on the white card, or print one from the internet; it doesn’t need to be perfect, but you may find it easier and quicker to use a printout.
Cut this out, and you’re ready to start the craft.
Step 2: Add The Wool
Take the end of your skein of yarn, and help your child to start winding it around the sheep’s body. Show them how to wind the wool over itself so that it stays on the body. You may find you need to hold the end while they get the hang of this.
Help them wind the wool right around the body, and over the legs and head if they like. You can then glue a black pom pom on for a tail if you like.
Step 3: Add A Bag Of Wool (Optional)
You could add three bags if you want to be accurate to the nursery rhyme, but one is fine. You can use pretty much anything for a bag, even two pieces of fabric glued into a square. If you want to make the full three bags, that’s great.
Cut some scraps of yarn and black pom poms, and fill the bag. Your child will have great fun singing the rhyme whenever they look at their sheep craft.
Humpty Dumpty Craft
If you want another simple but reasonably interactive craft, Humpty Dumpty can be good fun. You can use real eggshells for this if you like, or make a cardboard version. We will use eggshells in this version. It may seem a little morbid, so only choose this craft if your child likes the rhyme!
You’re going to need:
- 1 reasonably intact eggshell
- 1 broken eggshell
- White paper
- White card
- 1 small cereal box
- Colored pens
Step 1: Make The Wall
Humpty Dumpty needs a wall to fall off, so you’re going to start by making one with your child. If you have a mini cereal box, this will be perfect; just cover it with white paper and help your child draw some bricks on it, using the ruler to get reasonably straight lines.
When you’ve finished, glue the wall to a large semi-circle of cards, so this sticks out behind the wall.
Step 2: Make Humpty Dumpty
You’re going to need two eggs for Humpty Dumpty’s two shapes. To get an intact egg, boil two eggs, and then cut the top off one neatly with a knife, scoop out the insides, and glue the top back. For the other, you can just pull the shell off however it breaks.
Decorate Humpty Dumpty’s face on the egg using the pens, and your child can also cut him some paper legs if they like. Drawing hair on the egg can help to hide the cracks at the top.
When they’ve finished, sit the intact Humpty Dumpty on the wall, but don’t glue him down.
Step 3: Arrange The Broken Humpty Dumpty
Humpty Dumpty meets an unfortunate accident when he falls, so on the backside of the wall, where you made a semi-circle base, you are going to glue the broken eggshell. Get your child to help arrange it.
You may want to draw some features on the eggshell, using the same colors as they decorated the intact Humpty with.
If you have any toy soldiers or horses, you can add them to the craft, failing to put him back together. Your child can also decorate the semi-circle so that it has grass or plants around to make it look complete.
Now, your child has two sides to the craft. They can show the intact Humpty Dumpty sitting on a wall, and then remove him and swivel the craft around to show the disaster!
Nursery rhyme crafts are a great opportunity for your child to learn more about crafts and think about the characters in the nursery rhymes. They help bring the little poems and songs to life, and you can have endless fun reinventing the familiar characters.
Interactive crafts are great if you want an involved and detailed project, or you can choose a simpler one like Baa Baa Black Sheep for a wet afternoon when you just want something quick and fun to do.