Poor old Humpty! We sang about the colourful nursery rhyme character this week. We made up our own version where we sang our own names in place of Humpty’s (eg: John Smith sat on the wall, John Smith had a great fall…). Then the child we were singing about sat on a chair and role played falling off the wall. They LOVE doing this and we have a few who really like to ham it up for the audience. We have a hobby horse and a hobby unicorn that the King’s men used to come and unsuccessfully try and put our Humpties together again with.
We also sang the Olive Oval song and drew ovals in the air. After the mat session we painted an oval shaped Humpty face (well at least most of them were oval shape ;)). We used a rectangular foam block to print some bricks onto paper to create a wall for Humpty to sit on.
The following day we had a discussion during the mat session about Humpty falling off the wall and about falling objects. I picked up a plastic Easter egg filled with sand and a tissue and asked the children to guess which would hit the ground first if I dropped them from the same height. Everyone said the egg and when I asked why they said the egg they said because it was heavier. I then restated what they said, “Oh so heavier objects fall faster do they?” Then I asked them to watch what I did next. I picked up two tissues and asked if they weighed the same. They replied that they did. I scrunched up one and left the other as it was. I dropped both at the same time and the scrunched up one hit the ground first. I asked them why they thought the scrunched up one hit the ground first. Someone suggested it was heavier. I reminded them that they weren’t. Then I talked to them about the scrunched up tissue having less surface area and the air pushing up (air pressure) not having as much to push up onto as the other tissue. We likened the normal tissue to a parachute.
After this we cut the Humpties out and added a zig zag crack that we cut with scissors. Of course poor Humpty then needed a bandaid to fix him up. This provided an opportunity for some fine motor skill practice. I was surprised at how difficult some children found this but the delight on their faces once they mastered it was magical. We added some concertina folded arms and legs and some precut hands and shoes. You can see the process below and the final display. I love how some of the children glued their Humpties on as if he was falling off the wall!