Travis and I are having a bit of a moon-themed week, so the popular nursery rhyme “Hey Diddle Diddle” has been forefront in my mind. This game is a fun way to introduce not only the lyrics to this childhood favorite, but also to teach about spatial concepts. In case you need a parental brush-up, the words are as follows:
Hey Diddle Diddle, the cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed to see such sport
And the dish ran away with the spoon.
Tape a picture of the moon to a piece of construction paper or poster board and present to your little one, along with a cut-out of a cow. You can then ask your child if they’ve ever really seen a cow jumping over the moon. Travis took right to the game, moving his cut-out cow above the moon on the paper.
I turned it into a bit of a quiz, which he proceeded to ace! Could he put the cow under the moon? Yup!
Next to the moon? Yup! I found it very interesting that when I asked for the cow “over the moon” a second time, he covered the moon like it was peek-a-boo instead of putting the cow above the moon, as my adult brain would have.
We then got a little silly, having the cow “dance” next to the moon and “jump” across the paper.
To continue the fun, I taped our moon picture to the wall and put the cow on a popsicle stick, so Travis could return to the game a few times over the course of the afternoon.
You can also act out the riddle in 3-D by having your child jump a stuffed toy cow over a ball to represent the moon.
Can you think of fun ways to act out the remaining lines of the nursery rhyme? Please share ideas in the comments!