Show & Tell: Little Miss Muffet

Little Miss Muffet

Subject: Language

Categories: Pre-Reading, Reading

Concepts: Listening, Reading

Target Age: 3, 4, 5

Device: iPhone, iPad

Price (as of publishing): $1.99 (iPhone) $2.99 (iPad)

View Little Miss Muffet on the App Store (also view the iPad version)

We love how Little Miss Muffet brings a familiar nursery rhyme to your child’s fingertips. Each page is sweetly sung by children and filled with interaction. Interactive elements expand vocabulary and reinforce basic literacy and number skills. Children beam with joy when they discover each little “peekaboo moment” including two hidden nursery rhymes at the end. Thankfully, the developer did not add extra menus and advertisements which leaves your child free to play and explore.

Early vocabulary development is a big indicator of future reading success. By the time children enter school they have already learned thousands of words. Foster your child’s curiosity about language by answering that persistent question “Why?”. A questioning curiosity about the world helped your child learn speech as an infant. In Little Miss Muffet you have an opportunity to expand your child’s vocabulary by connecting a familiar food, cottage cheese, to explain what curds and whey is. Take the time to nurture this natural curiosity!

Show What You Know

Activity 1: Using Poems During Play

Nursery Rhymes, FingerPlays and Poems are so much fun for children and have a huge impact on language learning.

Poem: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, do a clap.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch your lap.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, arms out wide.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch your side.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, hop on one.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, now you’re done.

Here are three ways you can use this one poem:

Act it out: This poem is wonderful because it is very physical. Children love listening and acting out each part of Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear. Make sure to have stuffed animals or puppets ready in case your little one wants to put on a show!

Create a poem puzzle: Type or print out the words to the poem in large font and add images where needed. Print out 2 copies. Paste one complete copy on the front of a large envelope so your child can read the whole poem. Cut apart the other copy. Start with large 2 sentence groups. When that becomes easy cut it down to individual sentences. Be prepared to cut the poem down to half a sentence and then just individual words. Keep the pieces in the envelope when not being used.

Make you own rhyme: Reinforce new vocabulary and the beginning stages of rhyming by thinking up your own lines to the poem. This is a great activity for the car! Lines can be silly but they need to be in sets of two with the last words of each pair of sentences rhyming.

Activity 2: Good Reads

Here are some rhymes to enjoy with your child.


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