Prep: None / Activity Time: 10-15 Minutes

Children love nursery rhymes. Have fun as you and your child rewrite traditional nursery rhymes with a more modern and silly twist.

  • large piece of paper
  • marker or pen

Step 1: Think of a nursery rhyme that your child enjoys. Say the nursery rhyme together.

Step 2: Tell your child that you are going to rewrite the nursery rhyme into a silly rhyme.

Step 3: Write the first two lines of the nursery rhyme on a large piece of paper.

Step 4: Help your child think of new lines for the rhyme and write them down.

Step 5: Read the new version of the rhyme to her.

Here are some examples:

Twinkle, twinkle Little Star.
How I wonder what you are.
Maybe you are a glowing car.
Or maybe a chocolate candy bar.
You might be fireflies in a jar.

Jack be nimble.
Jack be quick.
Jack gave the ball a great big kick.
Jack held onto a giant stick.
Jack gave the ice cream cone a lick.
Jack’s dad said, “Come home quick.”
Jack loved to play a trick.

Help your child develop a list of rhyming words for the nursery rhyme. For instance, the rhyming words in "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" would be star and are. Help your child think of words that rhyme with star and are. Write down the words your child identifies. (Draw a picture for each item, if possible.)

Then you can make up the next line in the nursery rhyme leaving the last word off. For example: 

You might be fireflies in a _____.

See if your child can fill in the blank with one of the rhyming words.

Ask your child to create her own rhyming poem as you write it down.