Here's a list of 20 fun activities and extra resources centered on the classic nursery rhyme. While these activities are geared toward preschoolers, they can also be used for kindergarten-aged children as well.
1. Humpty Dumpty Light Table
Using various colored transparencies, cut them into egg shapes, add faces and place them on the light table. Encourage students to tell Humpty Dumpty's story in their own words, explore color mixing by layering the eggs, and more.
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2. Nursery Rhymes for Kids App
Expand into the digital classroom with an app that includes three free nursery rhyme games including Humpty Dumpty (and more available for purchase). The app contains interactive resources so that children can sing along, watch videos and play with characters.
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3. What's in the Plastic Egg Activity
This simple science experiment encourages preschoolers to hone their auditory skills. Prefill three plastic eggs with rice, salt, and dry beans. Ask your student to shake each egg and make a guess about what is inside.
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4. Humpty Dumpty Egg-Drop Science Experiment
Introduce your preschooler to the concept of gravity with this practical activity. Hard boil and decorate a few eggs. Then, drop them off a "wall" onto various surfaces and see what happens. If it hits the floor/concrete, did it crack? What if it lands on dry leaves or something else?
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5. Paper Plate Humpty Dumpty
Foster creativity skills with basic craft supplies by encouraging preschoolers to construct their own Humpty Dumpty in this simple craft activity. After the puppet is complete, have students build a wall with cardboard "bricks" or wooden blocks and reenact the nursery rhyme.
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6. Eggcelent Collage
This craft activity uses leftover eggshells that have been washed and dried, felt, and some pipe cleaners. Draw a template for your child to work off, and watch them make their own 3D version of Humpty in this egg-themed preschool sensory activity.
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7. Humpty Dumpty Picture
Precut all the pieces for this nursery rhyme-themed activity, and work together to assemble the famous egg. Students get a chance to work on motor skills while folding Humpty Dumpty's arms and legs, and to explore how he might have felt falling off the wall when they illustrate his face.
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8. Humpty Dumpty Letter Crack
Encourage literacy skills by placing a letter tile inside plastic eggs. As students open the eggs, ask them to identify the letter. This activity can be completed in a variety of ways if you need extra activities to fill a block of time.
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9. Humpty Dumpty Bingo
This variation of bingo and Jenga are a great addition to a unit of nursery rhyme lesson plans. This game can be played with three types of cards, but if you draw an egg card, you have to remove a block from the tower. It's a race to see whether you can get bingo before the tower falls over.
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10. Build the Wall
This is the perfect hands-on activity to encourage an understanding of one-to-one correspondence. Draw "blocks" on a piece of paper, each labeled with a numeral, and have students match them up with paper "blocks" covered with corresponding numbers of dots.
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11. Egg Sort
In this nursery rhyme activity, place a variety of plastic eggs in a tray. Ask students to sort the eggs into various buckets for an easy interactive morning tub activity or arrival activity.
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12. Egg Patterns
Preschoolers can practice their math skills in this pattern activity. Give each student plastic eggs, a pattern card, and a carton. Ask them to replicate the pattern.
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13. Humpty Dumpty Egg Match
Write uppercase letters on the lower half of plastic eggs and lowercase letters on the upper half of the egg. Take the eggs apart and mix them up. Reinforce students' letter identification skills and literacy skills by asking them to match up the egg halves.
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14. Humpty Dumpty Sensory Bin
A sensory bin is a great resource type to add to lesson plans, particularly when working with younger preschoolers. This sensory bin can be used for plenty of activities, but the simplest is to hide plastic Easter eggs and numbers inside a nest of paper crinkles. Have students pull out the eggs and numbers and identify the color or numeral.
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15. Humpty Dumpty Sensory & Printable Activity
Build motor skills, emotional awareness, and more with this preschool activity. Cut out the printable cards illustrated with various emotions and place them in a pile. Fill a bag with shaving cream and ask students to replicate the emotion card with the shaving cream bag.
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16. Humpty Dumpty Printable Book
Physical manipulatives are an important resource type. This activity packet includes a poem with sequencing cards for various nursery rhymes including Humpty Dumpty. This worksheet would be a great arrival activity to improve comprehension skills with kindergarten students as well.
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17. Humpty Dumpty Rhyming Activity
Use a pocket chart for this circle time activity to build phonological skills. Students are presented with cards and have to decide whether the pictures rhyme. If they don't rhyme, they can roll Humpty off the wall. This website also includes extension activities and thematic lesson plans.
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18. Humpty Dumpty Printable Pack
This pack of resources includes worksheets with loads of preschool skills, as well as opportunities appropriate for the kindergarten classroom. Resources include printable poems, printable word cards, and more which will help reduce prep for teachers.
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19. Humpty Dumpty Egg-speriments
Add a preschool science activity to your unit by asking students to predict how cracked-up Humpty Dumpty will be (or not!) in this egg-dropping Humpty Dumpty experiment after he is dropped off the wall in a bag surrounded by cotton balls, beans, and other things.
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20. Humpty Dumpty Again
Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall...what if he could do it all again? This adorable Humpty Dumpty book details what would happen to Humpty Dumpty if he could be put back together again!
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