Story Time

Nursery Rhymes
Submitted by: Penny Atkinson, Freeman
• Pre-school
The Great Nursery Rhyme Disaster by:David Conway
This boldly illustrated story follows a bored Little Miss Muffet as she tries to change her life by finding a different nursery rhyme to be in. Readers are treated to lots of humor as Miss Muffet tags along with nursery rhyme characters such as Jack and Jill, the grand old Duke of York, and the mouse who doesn't want to run up a clock again! By the end of the book, Miss Muffet messes up so many nursery rhymes that she needs a break. She goes back to her own rhyme. She realizes there is no place like home...even though she has to put up with a pesky spider!
The Itsy Bitsy Spider (Song)
The itsy bitsy spider,
climbed up the water spout.
Down came the rain and
washed the spider out.

Out came the sun and
dried up all the rain,
So the itsy bitsy spider
climbed up the spout again.
Little Miss Muffet (Fingerplay)
Little Miss Muffet
sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey.
There came a big spider,
Who sat down beside her.
And frightened Miss Muffet away!

Try making some fingerpuppets for this fingerplay. Here is a template -http:/
Thumbprint Spiders In one corner of a plain sheet of construction paper, draw a spider web with a marker. Use a black washable stamp pad or black paint to have children put a thumbprint on the paper. Draw on the legs (8), eyes, etc. and the connect the spider to the rest of the web. This craft can be found at
Sequencing Cards Activity
Enchanted Learning has templates for sequencing cards for a variety of rhymes. I printed the sequencing cards out on cardstock and used them to test the childrens' memory of the events in Little Miss Muffet. (
I started the storytime by doing the fingerplay for Little Miss Muffet just to be sure all the children were familiar with this nursery rhyme.