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Nursery Rhyme Retelling Slides on the Light Table

Nursery rhymes are a great way to practice story sequencing which is an important reading skill. We used recycled materials to create our own retelling slides for familiar nursery rhymes that we know and love. 

Sequence Nursery Rhymes with DIY Retelling Slides

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We made our DIY retelling slides with the lids from disposable cake pans, dry erase crayons, and dry erase markers. They are illuminated on the light table but you could certain do this activity without a light table as well. The slides are reusable since they are erasable! 

Once we thought of the nursery rhyme we wanted to retell, we broke it into sequential parts. We drew the individual story elements on different lids so we could stack the slides on top of each other.

I challenged our preschooler E to identify and spell the rhyming words she heard in each story with our Discount School Supply's Colorations Letter Jewels. These letters also look great on the light table!

You can invite children to illustrate additional nursery rhymes themselves. This is a hands on way to discuss story elements such as setting, characters, and plot!

I asked E how we could show that Little Miss Muffet was frightened away. She thought about this for a minute then her face lit up when she realized she could unstack the slides to take Miss Muffet out!

She loved retelling the nursery rhymes over and over. I can just imagine this as a collaborative literacy center in a preschool, kindergarten, or early elementary classroom too! 

More Nursery Rhyme themed activities from the Light & Reflections Team:
Humpty Dumpty Light Table Play from And Next Comes L

Itsy Bitsy Spider Window Activity from Where Imagination Grows

There Were 10 in a Bed: Silhouettes Nursery Rhymes from Frog in a Pocket

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  1. Wow! what a great idea to use disposable cake pans! :) I love it and will try it with my kids - I'm sure they will have fun :)

  2. What a great idea! We have a bunch of clear strawberry containers that we are going to have to try this on!