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Jack and Jill Nursery Rhyme.

Jack and Jill is the perfect Mother Goose nursery rhyme to use when teaching a Nursery Rhyme theme unit.

It’s a fun children’s finger play that preschool and kindergarten students will really enjoy!

Here’s what to do:

1. Gather the students in a circle.

2. Play the Jack and Jill song.

3. Have the children sing along and act out the gestures in the song.

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Jack and Jill song lyrics and actions:

Jack and Jill went up the hill, to fetch a pail of water.

(Hold thumbs straight up, alternating them upward)

Jack fell down and broke his crown,

(Wiggle one thumb and wrist downward)

And Jill came tumbling after.

(Wiggle other thumb and wrist downward)

Then up got Jack and said to Jill,

(Bring one thumb up, then the other)

Then up Jack got, and off did trot,

As fast as he could caper,

(Turn hands down, and wiggle pointer finger, like it’s running)

To old Dame Dob, who patched his head

With vinegar and brown paper.

(Place pretend bandage on head)

Jill came in and she did grin

To see Jack’s paper plaster

(Big grin and laugh)

Mother vexed, did scold her next

For laughing at Jack’s disaster

(Wag finger to scold)

So Jack and Jill went up the hill, to fetch the pail of water,

(Thumbs straight up, alternating upward)

And took it home to Mother dear,

(Bring thumbs slowly together)

Who thanked her son and daughter.

(Thumbs meet)


After the song has finished, hand out the Jack and Jill coloring page and have the students describe what they see and color the Jack and Jill coloring page.

Coloring helps kids strengthen fine motor skills, which makes this a really good activity for preschoolers and kindergarteners.

So, what are you waiting for?

Teach and sing the Jack and Jill nursery rhyme in class.

Jack and Jill Coloring Page.

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