Nursery Rhyme Obstacle Course

This month, in keeping with the Summer Reading theme of “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read,” we set up a Nursery Rhyme Obstacle Course, both in the library and at one of our outreach stops in Severance.

The Grand Old Duke of York
Oh, The grand old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men;
He marched them up to the top of the hill,
And he marched them down again.

And when they were up, they were up,
And when they were down, they were down,
And when they were only half-way up,
They were neither up nor down

We SLOWLY climbed to the top of the hill and down again. .

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Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory, dickory, dock.
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one,
The mouse ran down,
Hickory, dickory, dock

We raced the mice up the clock!



Little Miss Muffet
Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey;
Along came a spider
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away

We sat on and crushed our “tuffet” (the cup).

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Humpty Dumpty Egg Races
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

We placed egg shakers on plastic spoons and tried to walk over the “wall” without dropping them.

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Jack be Nimble
Jack be nimble,
Jack be quick,
Jack jump over
The candlestick.
We jumped over all the candles!


Wee Willie Winkie pillow case races
Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town,
Up stairs and down stairs in his night-gown,
Tapping at the window, crying at the lock,
Are the children in their bed,
for it’s past ten o’clock?

Who can hop the fastest to in the pillow cases? (This was the least favorite activity. I didn’t know so many kids would be afraid to get into the pillow cases!)


Jack and Jill’s Bean Bag Pail Toss
Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after

We threw the bean bags in the pails!

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Rub a Dub Dub
Rub a dub dub,
Three men in a tub,
And who do you think they be?
The butcher, the baker,
The candlestick maker.
Turn them out, knaves all three

We used the scarves to “wash” in the tub. (By far, everyone’s favorite activity.)


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