32 Fun Nursery Rhyme Activities for Toddlers & Preschoolers

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Preschoolers and toddlers just love nursery rhymes, and will really enjoy getting stuck into these crafty, sensory play ideas and activities, to accompany their favourite rhymes! From Incy Wincy Spider to Hickory Dickory Dock, plus lots more in between, here are 32 Fun Nursery Rhyme Activities for Toddlers & Preschoolers.

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Clapping and singing and repetition are all fun for toddlers. These art and craft projects for preschoolers are perfect things to make and do to accompany some favourite nursery rhymes. Little Bo Peep has never had such cute sheep!

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Nursery Rhyme Activities for Toddlers & Preschoolers

Incy Wincy Spider

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#1. Act Out Incy Wincy Craft

This act out Incy Wincy Craft from Crafteaclasses is fun for toddlers to make and then act out.

#2. Incy Wincy Handprint Keepsake

This Incy Wincy Handprint Keepsake from Learning and Exploring Through Play is perfect messy paint fun!

#3. Itsy Bitsy Spider Story Box

Isn’t this Spider Story Box idea so cute? Make your spider from an egg carton and pipe cleaners then decorate a box for fun story time.

#4. Egg Box Incy Wincy Spider Puppet

Enjoy making Incy Wincy, rain and a drainpipe with this Egg Box Spider Puppet project from Messy Little Monster.

#5. Playdough Incy Wincy Spider

Ooh, isn’t this idea from Crafty Kids at Home fun, to make a Playdough Spider. 

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

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#6. Star Wands

Make these cute Star Wands then sing Twinkle Twinkle, you’ll find all the instructions over at the Learning and Exploring Through Play blog.

#7. Star Busy Bag

Or try this Star Busy Bag activity from Learning and Exploring Through Play, perfect for some sensory fun.

#8. Star Lantern

This Star Lantern idea from Teach Me Mommy is so cute.

#9. Rhyming Stars

I love this idea for Rhyming Stars from Fun-A-Day, such a simple but fun idea.

#10. Star Sensory Bin

Make a star themed sensory activity, with a star, moon, glitter and straw.

#11. Sensory Star Oobleck

This Sensory Star Oobleck from Learning and Exploring Through Play is easy to do and super fun!

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Old MacDonald

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#12. Story Stones

Aren’t these Story Stones adorable? You can print off the free printable on the Messy Little Monster website to decorate your stones.

#13. Wooden Peg Farm Animals

I love this idea from Danya Banya for Wooden Peg Farm Animal Toys, super cute!

#14. Animal Spoon Puppets

This is a great idea – make Animal Spoon Puppets, Teach me Mommy has all the instructions.

#15. Old MacDonald Had a Farm Activities in Action

Find out how to make this fun Old Macdonald Had a Farm Activities in Action using a container and feed corn.

#16. Sensory Tuff Tray

This Sensory Tuff Tray from Adventures of AdamPlay is amazing! Toddlers will love it!

#17. Toilet Roll Farm Animals

Save your toilet rolls and make these Old MacDonald Farm Animals, all the instructions are at Crafty Kids at Home.

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Humpty Dumpty

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#18. Humpty Dumpty Collage

Such a clever idea this from the Here come the Girls blog to make a Humpty Dumpty Collage using eggshells.

#19. Splat Painting

Try this fun Splat Painting from Adventures of Adam outside, it’s messy fun!

#20. Humpty Dumpty Egg Decorating

This project from Red Ted Art for Humpty Dumpty Egg Decorating is perfect for preschoolers.

#21. Humpty Dumpty 3D Craft

I love this 3D Humpty Dumpty Craft project from Teach me Mommy, it really brings Humpty to life!

#22. Humpty Dumpty Weeble

Humpty wobbles but he won’t fall down! Make your own Humpty Dumpty Weeble! Get the instructions from Messy Little Monster.

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Hickory Dickory Dock

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#23. Candy Cane Mice

Make these adorable Candy Cane Mice, instructions on the Martha Stewart website.

#24. Number Matching Clock Game

What a great idea from Best Toys for Toddlers for this Number Matching Clock Game.

#25. Learning The Time

This Hickory, Dickory Dock felt learning clock from Crafty Kids at Home will help teach your preschooler how to tell the time.

#26. Mouse Puppets

These Mouse Puppets  rom Craft Ideas are so cute, you can make them from pipe cleaners.

#27. Hickory Dickory Dock Rock Clock

This Rock Clock idea from Danya Banya is so simple but effective.

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Baa Baa Black Sheep / Little Bo Peep

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#28. Little Bo Peep Toilet Roll Characters

Make these fun Toilet Roll Characters to play Little Bo Peep and her Sheep, find the instructions on the Danya Banya blog.

#29. Paper Plate Sheep Craft

Housing a Forest has instructions for how to make this cute Paper Plate Sheep craft.

#30. Cork Painting Sheep

Save a wine cork for your toddler to do this Cork Painting Sheep Craft from Crafty Morning.

#31. Yarn Sheep Craft

I love these cute sheep made by Teach me Mommy, check out the instructions for this fun Yarn Sheep Craft here.

#32. Sheep Stick Puppets

You’ll need a couple of cotton pads to make this cute Sheep Stick Puppet, nice craft idea from Best Toys for Toddlers.

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For more inspirational ideas for little learners visit Learning and Exploring Through Play

Have your say! Any other favourite nursery rhyme activities for toddlers that you have enjoyed? Let us know in the comments below.

32 fun nursery rhyme activities for toddlers and preschoolers

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