Mother Goose Day observed in appreciation of old nursery rhymes, is celebrated in on May 1.
Who was Mother Goose? The term has been traced to Loret's 1650
La Muse Historique in which appeared the line, Comme un conte de la Mere Oye ("Like a Mother Goose story"). Two French Queen Berthas have been conjectured as a "Mother Goose" but there is no traceable evidence that either was the reference in Loret's remarks.
In 1697 Charles Perrault used the phrase in a published collection of eight fairy tales which included "The Sleeping Beauty," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Cinderella," "Bluebeard," and others.
Celebrate Mother Goose day at school or at home with these hands on activities:
Choose a nursery rhyme that is familiar to the children. Find the "pieces" needed to tell the story. Put them in a basket and put the words to the nursery rhyme or a brief outline of the story in it. These can be used independently by the children to recite the rhyme
Print worksheets for children to colour and decorate.
Pointing to a picture when it is mentioned in the rhyme helps to associate the picture and the sound of the word, also expanding the child's vocabulary.
Size characters from some nursery rhymes.
Colour and cut out the pictures of a nursery rhyme. Glue the pictures in order onto a sheet of construction paper or use them to make a mini book.
Seek out Mother Goose Rhymes which have finger play actions, and teach them to the children.
You can check some online activities here:
You can listen the most traditional nursery rhymes here: