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There are 2 black & white printable / coloring pages available for this theme:
Humpty Dumpty Falling  and  A Cracked Egg
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Don't forget to check for egg allergies before children participate in some of the activities in this theme.

Humpty Dumpty: Nursery Rhyme Activities
With these early childhood education activities Tina M. encourages preschool and kindergarten children to problem solve as they explore science, early math, art, language and literacy.

Materials: Eggs, blocks, newspaper, paint, black construction paper, glue, a marker and experience chart paper.

SCIENCE: 
First get enough eggs for each child to have one. Hard boil some of the eggs. 
Don't tell the children this. Make a brick wall from blocks and put newspaper 
underneath. While reciting the poem, each child takes a turn to drop an egg from 
the wall. They will be amazed to see the raw eggs spatter and the hard boiled 
eggs crack. Also, include anti bias activity by using brown eggs as well as 
white. Are they the same inside? Make sure both are raw or hard boiled. Are 
they different on the outside? 

ART activities: 
1. Boil Eggs then allow children to paint Humpty's face on them. 
2. Children can paint with the white of the egg on black paper. After the drying
    processes the picture will shine like no other. An inexpensive egg separator, that 
    can be purchased from the house ware department of hardware stores, helps when 
    with this art activity.
3. Using an oval piece of cardboard or heavy paper the children will enjoy trying 
    to put Humpty Dumpty back together again by gluing cleaned, dried, egg shells 
    pieces onto the oval piece of paper.

Early MATH: Humpty Dumpty Song
(Sung to One Green Bottle or improvise a tune)
5 Humpty Dumpty's sitting on a wall 
5 Humpty Dumpty's sitting on a wall 
And if one Humpty Dumpty should accidentally fall..
CRACK!
There'll be 4 Humpty Dumpty's sitting on a wall.... 
(Repeat until there are no eggs left)
 

PROBLEM SOLVING, LANGUAGE & SCIENCE: 
As a group activity in the science center, give each child in your class one raw egg. Provide for them different types of items, such as: old pillows, blankets, cardboard, and other scraps.

Talk to the children about how fragile an uncooked egg is and ask each child to choose  one of the items that you have provided. Some may choose the same item. Ask each child about their item. Is it soft, hard, thick or thin? Encourage the children to describe their chosen items.

Now ask each child whether their material will save the egg from breaking, if the egg were to fall like Humpty Dumpty. After they answer let each child choose a 
height from which to drop their egg.
As each child drops their egg, record on experience chart paper, the height that they dropped the egg from and the result of the fall. In doing so you can compare the fall of one child's egg on let's say a pillow to the fall of another child's egg on to the same surface, but at a different height. Latter the class can review the experience chart. The children enjoy this activity and learn from it as well.

LANGUAGE & LITERACY: 
Recite the Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme and ask the students to draw a picture to illustrate the following sentence: Humpty Dumpty sat on a _______. 
Create a class book from the nursery rhyme and the children's creative representations. 
 

Language and Literacy: Humpty Dumpty Rhymes
Roslyn H. encourages the development of language & literacy skills and small motor skills while fostering self esteem during this Humpty Dumpty preschool & kindergarten language activity.

Materials: Cardboard to make Humpty Dumpty, markers and paper

Description: Youngsters will make their own rhyme using their names.
First, children draw Humpty Dumpty and cut him out then draw a wall for him 
to sit on. They then dictate a rhyme using their own name as a substitute for Humpty Dumpty

Examples:
Lisa Pisa sat on a rock
Lisa Pisa had a great shock
All the kings horses and all the kings men
Couldn't put Lisa Pisa together again.

George Porgie ate a cake
George Porgie came in late
All the children and all the teachers
Couldn't help him get it together again.
 

Humpty Dumpty Rhyming Words
After learning the rhyme Humpty Dumpty Samantha S. encourages her students
to create rhymes of their own.

Materials: White Sock, sand, felt markers, a red box and tempera paint.

Description: After my students pick out the words that rhyme in Humpty Dumpty. they create their own stories about Humpty Dumpty.
For example:
Humpty Dumpty sat on the bed, Humpty Dumpty fell off and bumped  his head, Humpty Dumpty sat in a tree, Humpty Dumpty feel out and bumped his knee, etc.

We created our own Humpty Dumpty book complete with the children's rhymes and illustrations. 

We also have a Humpty Dumpty in the block center so the children can act out the rhyme.  I have a white sock full of sand which is decorated to look like Humpty Dumpty and a red box painted to look like a brick wall.
 

Humpty Dumpty & Oval Shapes
Sharon S. shares this early childhood education activity saying, "Provide a hands-on experience feeling a raw egg before and after it breaks and provide a language experience project."

Materials: Wooden building blocks, a raw egg, a pan or container for the egg to 
fall into, baby wipes or paper towels, chart tablet and permanent marker.

Description: In the spring around Easter, my prek class has a unit on ovals and 
the nursery rhyme, Humpty Dumpty.  We discuss how eggs are oval shaped and of 
course, incorporate the nursery rhyme.  After reciting  and discussing it several times, we have a science experiment with a real (raw) egg.

Build a wall for the egg out of wooden blocks. Then have everyone touch and feel the egg before placing it on the wall.  The children predict what will happen when the egg falls off the wall.  As they recite the rhyme, the egg falls off and into the container.  The children get so excited about seeing the egg break and share in the experience of again touching and feeling the broken egg.

We conclude the experiment by creating a language experience story on a chart tablet about it and why the king's horses and men couldn't put Humpty together again.  The children enjoy having the language experience story read to them over and over again.
 

Humpty Dumpty Comparison & Snack
Children use small motor and creative skills as the draw on hard boiled eggs and discover cause & effect relationships during this activity from Lisa B.

Materials: Brick Blocks
Hard boiled eggs
Saran wrap
Paper plates
Raw egg
Crayons - non toxic

Description: First we recite the nursery rhyme, then each child gets an egg, 
Without knowing that the egg is hard boiled they have to carefully walk over to their seats and draw a face on the egg. They then each put their egg on the brick wall, and it has a great fall.
I then place the raw egg on the brick wall, that is surrounded by saran wrap, and roll it off. The children then compare the two eggs. When we are finished the children eat their eggs as a snack.
 

Humpty Dumpty Week
During this 4 day circle time curriculum Sarah A. encourages children to use their problem solving skills, language skills and cooperation skills. Activities begin during circle and extend to other areas of the classroom.

Materials: The nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty
6 blocks
1 egg - raw
Disposable gloves for each child
Tape, glue, paper, stapler, yarn, Band-Aids, and a variety of items that the children request.

Day One:
At circle time read Humpty Dumpty, asking the children questions like, "What do you think happens next?"  Have them repeat / retell the story. Also have the children sit at the table with play dough and make the different characters in the story and reenact the story with the play dough characters.

A Few Humpty Dumpty Books:
Humpty Dumpty by Kim Eagle
Humpty Dumpty: A Pop-Up Book by Moira Kemp
Humpty Dumpty and other Nursery Rhymes by Lucy Cousins Humpty Dumpty after the Fall by Vuthy Kuon
Humpty Dumpty Is A Friend of Mine by Marie D. Calder
Day Two:
During circle sing Humpty Dumpty and change it a little. Instead of a wall have him fall off the Empire State Building or one of the children's houses. Talk about what would happen if he fell out of the window or out of a moving car. Encourage the children to discuss the importance of seat belts and safety.

At the table, give each student a paper lunch bag and put out markers, crayons, child safety scissors, glue, spangles etc. The children each make a wall, castle, or any other kind of structure they want to.

Humpty Dumpty Finger Puppet
1.  Cut oval egg shapes out of felt.
2. Cut holes in the felt into which children can place their 
    fingers, moving their fingers as if they are feet. 
3. Children now decorate their Humpty Dumpty finger puppets,
Encourage the children to have a Humpty Dumpty puppet show and tell their story.

Day Three:
During circle time read Humpty Dumpty again and invite the children to tell the story to their friends. Ask the children open ended question, "How do you think he 
fell?, What made him fall?"  Also ask them what would have happened if he was 
hard boiled. At table time we all get to decorate a hard boiled egg.

Day Four:
At circle we talk about how eggs are made and the different ways that they can be 
eaten and used. The children to tell their favorite egg recipe and their families favorite egg recipes. This is often funny, so be prepared.

At the table in groups of 3 or 4 children, each child puts on gloves. Each group builds a wall or a structure and then gets a raw egg. While reciting the Humpty Dumpty rhyme the group lets the egg fall and break. Then ask them how they are going to put it back together again. Don't be surprised if they spend about 15-20 minutes trying to figure it out.

Comments: Encourage the children to problem solve by trying different methods of putting Humpty Dumpty together again.
 

IdeaPutting Humpty Dumpty Together
Here is an idea from Shirey B

Materials: Large egg cut out twice from contac paper, lots of  broken eggshells.

Description: After reading Humpty Dumpty, ask the children to stick the eggshells to one of the contac eggs then cover it with the other contac egg. 
For Snack: Help the children make their own deviled eggs 
 

Humpty Dumpty: Cause and Effect
This is the way Pam's class tried to put Humpty Dumpty together again.

Materials: A lot of clean dried eggshell pieces, glue, colored construction paper, 
wiggle eyes and markers.

Description: After reciting the rhyme Humpty Dumpty, use a real egg and draw a face, arms and legs on it. Put the egg on a shelf and ask the children what will happen if Humpty "falls". Retell the story letting Humpty fall.  Now let the children use the clean dried eggshells to "Put" Humpty Dumpty together again. The  children glue the clean eggshells onto the construction paper in an oval shape. Draw arms and legs for Humpty and add wiggle eyes. For younger children pre draw the oval shape. 
 

Humpty Dumpty Puppet
Meta W. shares this activity saying, "Expand language development and thinking skills through a rhyme and follow-up discussion."

Materials: Plastic egg, felt tip markers, glue, paper - to make a hat, vest and bow 
tie.

Humpty Dumpty Puppet for Language and Dramatic Play
Make a Humpty Dumpty out of a plastic egg. On the top half draw a face with felt tip markers and glue on a paper hat. On the bottom half glue on a vest and a bow tie.  Then use the Humpty Dumpty puppet as you recite the rhyme below:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
(Drop egg so that it “breaks” in half.)
All the King’s horses and all the King’s men
Couldn't put Humpty together again ---
But  (child's name) can!
(Child puts egg halves back together.)
Discuss: Why couldn't the king's men put Humpty back together? What would happen if you fell off a wall?

Follow up with a  Snack:  Egg salad on crackers
 

Puzzle IdeaMother Goose - Humpty Dumpty or Easter Puzzle
This teacher made number puzzle by Bonnie F.  matches halves of eggs, dots-to-numbers, and can be used for several themes.

Materials: Construction paper or wallpaper, scissors and markers.

Description: Cut 6 - 8 inch oval egg shapes out of construction paper or wallpaper. On each egg shape, write a number at one end and draw that number of dots at the other end. Cut the eggs in half in a zigzag fashion and you have a self correcting number puzzle.
 

Humpty Dumpty Craft
During this craft activity from JoAnna A. children use thinking skills and their small motor skills as they create, cut and glue Humpty Dumpty.

Materials: Hard boiled eggs, permanent markers, cut outs from construction paper 
to form arms, legs and hats. Egg dye or food coloring to dye the bottom half of a egg. 

Description: Take hard boiled egg have the children dip the bigger half of the egg 
in blue dye and let dry on towel. Have legs and arms, cut out from construction 
paper in a rectangle shape, fold accordion style. Then glue arms and legs 
in place on the egg. Faces are made with the marker. Then glue a piece of 
construction paper cut out like a top hat to the top of the small part of the egg.

Comments: Some children treasured their creations for awhile, some dropped and cracked them and some just ate them. It was their choice. However, if they are going to eat them they should either do it right after they return home or place Humpty Dumpty in the frig. 
 

Shape Humpty Dumpty
Shape and color recognition are the focus of this craft activity from Jason.

Materials: Black or red rectangle for the wall, white oval for humpty's body, blue circles for the eyes, yellow triangle for the nose, red squares for the mouth, green strips for the arms and legs.

Description: Children glue all shapes onto the oval shape and then glue that to the black or red rectangle shape which is the wall. While the children are gluing, teachers ask them what shapes they are using to make their Humpty Dumpty. Then everyone can recite the Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme.
 

Stenciling Craft: Humpty Dumpty
Lyn G. shares this early childhood activity to improve the fine motor skills of the children by tracing a stencil and cutting on a curved line. This also helps children to develop spatial awareness,

Materials: Stencil of a oval - humpty shape, index card, scissors, rollers, 
paint, large sheet of sturdy craft paper with a pre drawn wall for Humpty to sit on

Description: Place the stencil on the index card, and trace around the shape.
Remove the stencil and cut on the traced line. Place the cut out Humpty on the craft paper (with the pre drawn wall) and roller paint over the Humpty and his wall. 
Remove the cut out Humpty, and you have a picture of Humpty Dumpty sitting on the 
wall. When these are dry, they can be drawn on, or made into a collage to look like Humpty. 
This activity is great to practice tracing and cutting, and no 2 Humpties 
look the same. Be sure to praise the children's efforts. 
 

Humpty Dumpty's Wall
Create a wall for Humpty out of blocks during this activity by Lyn G. to help develop children's creativity and improve their construction skills

Materials: Blocks (any kind), construction toys, and Humpty Dumpty, we have a toy 
Humpty that makes a crashing sound when he falls, or you can make a Humpty from playdough, plastic egg etc.

Description: Recite the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty.
Talk about how big the wall was and how far did he fall. How can we make a wall for Humpty? Let the children experiment with different types of blocks, shapes and sizes. When they've built a wall ask, "Is Humpty able to sit on the wall? Will it hold 
him? Recite the nursery rhyme and let a child knock Humpty off the wall. What 
happens, does the wall stay up? What can we do next time?

Extend this activity by asking how can we stop Humpty from breaking when he falls off the wall. (My children came up with catching Humpty, putting a trampoline at the 
bottom, tables, chairs, and cushions). We then do experiments and see what works 
and what doesn't. A great thinking activity and it's science too!
 

Cooking: Humpty Dumpty Scrambled Eggs
During this cooking experience from Lyn G. children use language and observation skills. They observe and describe the changes in eggs, while going through the process of making scrambled eggs

Materials: Milk, bowls, whisks, arrange for each child to bring an egg from home and have some eggs on hand for those who forget, for teacher's use - an electric frying pan. 

Description:
Sing the nursery rhyme of Humpty Dumpy and talk about what happened to Humpty. Why couldn't they put him together again?  What do you think they did with him?
In small groups compare the eggs the children have brought to school: size, 
shape and color.  Talk about the parts of the egg  (it may help to have an egg separator) and where eggs come from. 

Ask the children to help scramble / whisk the eggs. and talk about the changes in appearance.

When mixture is done, at a safe distance, sit the children around the frying pan on a low table. Only teachers pour the mixture and handle the electric frying pan as children observe the eggs change from runny to lumpy. Eat and enjoy for snack time!
 

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