Mother Goose Day Activities

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On May 1, you and your children can celebrate your favorite nursery rhymes with these Mother Goose Day activities.

Mother Goose Day celebrates everyone’s favorite nursery rhyme author. Below, I’m sharing ways you can celebrate Mother Goose and your favorite nursery rhymes.

Mother Goose Day Activities

If you’re like me, you read Mother Goose rhymes to your little ones. You’ve taught them the rhythm and rhyme of many nursery rhymes.

Between chanting the popular rhymes to reading more obscure rhymes from your favorite Mother Goose collection, your little ones are likely to be familiar with who Mother Goose is.

They’ll love celebrating her on May 1 year after year with these fun activities and printables.

Fun Facts About Mother Goose

Before you start celebrating, teach your kids a little bit about Mother Goose. You can check out some books at the library, or you can share one or more of the facts below.

• Scholars aren’t sure if Mother Goose ever really existed though she’s often portrayed as an elderly lady riding on a goose’s back.

• Mother Goose day was established in 1987.

5 Ways to Celebrate Mother Goose Day

• Download and print nursery rhyme printables to teach the rhymes and extend the learning.

• Get in the kitchen and make hard-boiled Humpty Dumpty eggs, plum pudding, or even a cup of tea.

• Have your preschoolers dress up in their favorite nursery rhyme character costumes.

• Read some new nursery rhymes from one of the Mother Goose books I’ve shared below.

• Kids can bring their favorite Mother Goose rhymes to life with a fun nursery rhyme craft or two.


Fill your book basket with a great collection of nursery rhyme stories. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.

If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.

Mary Engelbreit's Mother Goose: One Hundred Best-Loved VersesThe Original Mother Goose: Based on the 1916 ClassicThe Real Mother Goose


Mary Engelbreit’s Mother Goose – Readers will enjoy Mary Engelbreit’s interpretations of the mouse running up the clock, piggies going to market, and children dancing ’round the mulberry bush.

The Original Mother Goose – Filled with all your favorite nursery rhymes-from Little Bo Peep and Wee Willie Winkie to Three Blind Mice, Humpty Dumpty, and hundreds more-this beautiful keepsake volume is complete with a real cloth binding and beautiful tipped-on cover art. 

The Real Mother Goose – Heralded as the “standard” Mother Goose by parents, grandparents, teachers, and librarians, this wonderful book with Blanche Fisher Wright’s lively, colorful pictures makes an enchanting introduction for the very young.

Teaching Resources

Painted nursery rhyme storytelling spoons make great props in your literacy centers.

Nursery rhyme story stones are a great visual tool to have on hand for sequencing, storytelling, and pretend play.

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