Toddler Nursery Rhyme Activity: Sing a Song of Sixpence

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Toddler Nursery Rhyme Activity: Sing a Song of Sixpence

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I love to do playful things with my toddler! I think toddlers learn and explore best when they are playing! My toddler, lovingly referred to as Tinker Bell, is 29 months old).

Toddler Nursery Rhyme Activity for Sing a Song of Sixpense (4 and 20 blackbirds backed in a pie). This is such a simple, fun activity for toddler, preschool, prek, and kindergarten. Great for practicing counting

FREE Printable Nursery Rhyme Lapbook

Nursery Rhymes Tot Series
We’ve been working through my {free} Nursery Rhyme Lapbook I created for Toddler and Preschoolers to play and learn along with famous nursery rhymes. Today we were playing along with Sing a Song of Sixpence.  It was perfect to go along with what big brother & sister were learning about in our Knights Study.

Sing a Song of Sixpense Nursery Rhyme Trivia

While doing our Knights study I learned the back-story on Sing a Song of Sixpence. During the Middle Ages, when they prepared a large banquet for an important guest (like a king or queen) they served lots of dishes and the banquet would often last the entire day. One of the highlights was a pie prepared by layering a pie crust, small black birds, and a pie crust on top. The pie was not baked but rather served just like that. The king (or honored guest) would cut open the top crust and out would fly the black birds spraying flour as they flew away.

Sing a Song of Sixpense Activity: 4+20 Blackbirds Pie

Fold a piece of black construction paper in fourths by folding in half and then again in half. Cut along the line. You will want 6 strips.
Making 4 and 20 bolackbird pie Toddler Activity

Fold each strip in half and then half again.
Making 4 and 20 bolackbird pie Toddler Activity Making 4 and 20 bolackbird pie Toddler Activity
Now carefully cut out the shape of a simple bird leaving some of the folded corner on each end to connect the birds.
Making 4 and 20 bolackbird pie Toddler Activity

Open it up and here are your birds. Do this 6 times so you have 4+20 blackbirds (24) to bake in your pie. I taped the strips together with a little tape.
Making 4 and 20 bolackbird pie Toddler Activity

Take a pie pan (any you have on hand) and insert the blackbirds. Cover with a round piece of brown or orange construction paper that you cut slits in the top. Stick the edge of the blackbirds in the slit for your toddler to reach.
Making 4 and 20 bolackbird pie Toddler Activity

Nursery Rhyme Play for Toddlers

I sang the song with Tinker Bell and she got to pull out the 4 + 20 Blackbirds that were baked in our pie.
Toddler Preschool Nursery Rhyme Activity
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We put the blackbirds back in the pie because she wanted to do it over and over and over!
Toddler Preschool Nursery Rhyme Activity

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  1. These are so cute! I can't wait to print them out and start using them with my little guy. Thank you!

  2. Thanks so much! I have been looking for something simple for preschool for my 3 and 4 year old the first week or two after this baby comes in September. I think this will be perfect

  3. This is so cute, I was wondering today how old your daughter (my daughter's just a couple months younger) is when I was reading your post on the growing crystals as a science experiment. Do you happen to have a sheet with the rhyme like you have for the other rhymes in the Nursery Rhyme pages - I'd love it to have with the collection of others?