Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king's horses and all the king's men,
Couldn't put Humpty back together again.

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Frog Street Press makes a cute Humpty Dumpty reproducible book for the children.  I think it’s in the back of the Color Words book, or maybe the ABCs book.  Information on both of these books can be found on the Literacy Connections page.

  One year I provided my students with boiled eggs and markers to decorate and make their own Humpty Dumpty.  Afterwards we let them recite the nursery rhyme and let their Humptys fall off a “wall”.  Then they ate them.  (Be sure you provide non-toxic markers in case some of it seeps through the shell.)

  Provide each student with a copy of the rhyme to add to their
Poetry Journals.  Leave room at the bottom for each student to glue on a cracked egg Ellison cut-out.  Go ahead and remove the top half of the egg, and after the students glue the bottom half to their page, reattach the top half with a brad.  Then have the students decorate the egg to look like Humpty Dumpty.  When they read or recite the rhyme and they get to the part where he fell off the wall, they can pull back the top of the egg to make him “crack up”.

  Put the rhyme into the pocketchart and provide another “cut up” copy of the text for the students to use in matching the text.  (Visit the
Easter page for more details on this type of activity)

  Provide the students with a copy of the rhyme in the pocketchart, but leave out the words Humpty Dumpty.  They can then take turns inserting their own names (first and last) into the blanks and reciting the rhyme the “new way”.

  Scholastic also offers a commercial product for the pocketchart that has the sentence strips, matching pictures for each line, and even a pocketchart puzzle of Humpty sitting on top of the wall.  I laminated these and use them as well.  The children enjoy putting the puzzle together and matching the pictures to the sentence strips.

Look for Scholastic Interactive Nursery Rhymes Pocket Charts.  It also comes with “There Was An Old Woman”.

  I’ve done this next activity several times and it always turns out cute.  I drew up a pattern of a large egg and decorated it to look like Humpty Dumpty.  Then I made patterns for two arms.  These I photocopy onto white construction paper for each student.  They are provided with a copy of Humpty, a LARGE sheet of blue construction paper, and a strip of red construction paper that is cut proportionately to the blue construction paper to be used as a wall. 

The students color and cut out Humpty Dumpty.  Then they’re shown how to glue their red strip onto the blue construction paper to form the wall.  Then I model for them how to draw a brick wall.  We talk about how the bricks aren’t straight up and down, but are off-centered.  I draw off the whole wall so that they can see how it’s done.  Then they each get a black crayon and make the bricks on their wall.

Once the wall is complete, I show them how to glue on their Humpty Dumpty.  Lastly, they glue on the rhyme that I’ve typed up and cut apart using the papercutter.  Then they’re hung on display in the hallway.


the completed project was too large to scan


For younger students, you can use the “cracked egg” Ellison die-cut and cut out eggs from different kinds of wallpaper.  Laminate.  The students can then match the tops to the bottoms.

  Have students identify the rhyming words in the rhyme:  Humpty/Dumpty, wall/fall/all, men/again

  If you know the tune, you can sing the Humpty Dumpty rhyme to “Little Brown Jug”.  This is also from Frog Street Press.

  If it’s still available, Nursery Rhyme Sequencing by Frank Schaffer Publications (FS-8602) has a page where the students glue the four pictures in the correct order to match the rhyme.

  Have your students problem solve how to keep Humpty from falling off the wall.

  Humpty Dumpty scrambled eggs provide an opportunity for classroom cooking and a healthy snack.  Use the rhyme below as well:

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King’s horses, and all the King’s men,
Said, “No! Not scrambled eggs again!”

  Create an activity on shapes by providing your students red paper rectangles to build a brick wall, a white oval to decorate for Humpty, and a triangle for a hat.  You can even provide them with 4 long, narrow rectangles for arms and legs if you’d like.  Have them glue all onto a sheet of paper to make Humpty Dumpty sitting on the wall.

  Send home a large white egg shape cut from white construction paper or posterboard.  Have the students and their families decorate the eggs to look like Humpty Dumpty.  Once the decorated eggs have been returned, display them on your bulletin board atop a wall.  <Remind the students and their families to be as creative as possible.  And it never hurts to do one yourself prior to assigning it to the students, so that they can see what some of the possibilities look like.>

  3 “Egg – periments”! :)  Set up 4 eggs (not boiled) in a small amount of playdough or whatever you can use to keep them standing.  (Broadest part of the egg on the bottom)  Experiment to see how many books you can place on top of the eggs before they break.  Before conducting the egg-periment, allow each student to estimate/guess how many books they think the eggs can hold.  Record their estimations so that you can graph or use them as discussion afterwards.  (You’ll also want to devise some plan as how to keep the bottom book clean)

Next, have the students observe the differences in the rolling patterns of a hard-boiled egg as opposed to a raw egg.

Lastly, place a raw egg  (shell intact) into a jar of vinegar.  Let stand for several days then let the students observe the difference in the egg.  The shell of the egg will disintegrate and the egg will turn rubbery over time.


Why was Humpty Dumpty sitting on the wall?

Why did Humpty fall off the wall?

These could be made into a class book.

   Humpty Dumpty Snack:  Melted white chocolate dropped into a circle with a yellow M&M for the yolk.  <Do these on waxed paper>  This is of course Humpty after his accident! :)

   Poetry Journal activity:  Type up the rhyme using blanks in the place of “Humpty Dumpty” and “wall”.  Have the students enter their own name in the blanks (first and last, or their first name twice:  Mary, Mary sat on the ____).  Then have them choose something other than a wall that can be sat upon, such as a chair, fence, stool, can, horse, etc.  Have them write their choice in the blank where “wall” would normally be.  Then have the students illustrate the poem.  Afterwards, each student’s paper would be placed in their Poetry Journal.

   This activity is similar to the one above and was posted on the ‘net.  It’s an idea for a class book.  It uses the sentence frame:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a ________.
Humpty Dumpty ______________.

On the opposite page it says:
No! No! No!
That’s not right!

The students complete the sentence frames with places that Humpty could have sat and what he might have done, such as:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a stool.
Humpty Dumpty thought he was cool!


Humpty Dumpty sat on a cow.
Humpty Dumpty didn’t know how!


Humpty Dumpty sat on a log.
Humpty Dumpty wished he was a frog!

(This is so fun I could just keep going, and going, and going …. :) )

Then the last page says:
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumtpy had a great fall.
Yes! Yes! Yes!
That’s right!
Now you’ve got it!

  Did He Fall or Was He Pushed?  The True Story of Humpty Dumpty
by Anna McKeay

Narrator:      Humpty Dumpty fell off the wall.
                    Was he pushed or did he fall?
                    As he lay there on the ground
                    Policeman came to look around

                    Enter Policeman, Jack and Jill

Policeman:  Mr Humpty has had a fall;
                    Did you see anything at all?

Jack:           I was there up on the hill
                   Getting water with my friend Jill

Policeman:  So it was you! I heard it said
                    Someone fell and hurt their head

                    Enter the Grand Old Duke of York, with soldiers

Policeman:  Mr Humpty has had a fall.
                    Did you see anything at all?

Duke:           I was busy with all my men
                   Going up the hill and down again

                    Little Boy Blue enters and lies down in the corner.

Narrator:      The Policeman went along his way.
                    And found Little Boy Blue asleep in the hay

Policeman:   Mr Humpty has had a fall.
                    Did you see anything at all?

Little Boy Blue: Oh, oh, I was fast asleep.
                     Where are the cows? Where are the  sheep?

                    He runs off. Enter Old King Cole and fiddlers.

Policeman:  Mr Humpty has had a fall.
                   Did you see anything at all?

Old King Cole: I saw nothing – no, not me!
                    You’d better ask my fiddlers three.

                    Fiddlers shake their heads.  Georgie Porgie runs in.

Policeman:  Mr Humpty has had a fall.
                    Did you see anything at all?

Narrator:     But Georgie Porgie ran away –
                   The girls were chasing him that day!

                   Enter Little Bo Peep

Narrator:     Bo Peep was looking everywhere. 
                   A bonnet on her pretty hair

Bo Peep:     Where are my sheep? They’ve gone away;
                    I'll keep on looking, if it takes all day!

                   Enter Mother Hubbard.

Narrator:     Mother Hubbard looked so sad.
Policeman:  Mrs Hubbard, this is very bad …

Mother Hubbard: I know, I know. Don’t you see?
                   There’s no food for dog and me!

                   Enter Queen of Hearts and her ladies.

Policeman:  Mr Humpty has had a fall.
                   Did you see anything at all?

Narrator:    The Queen of Hearts was quite irate.
                  Waving around her empty plate.

Queen:       My tarts! My tarts have gone!
                   How do I know what went wrong?

                   Enter Mary Mary Quite Contrary.

Narrator:    In her garden was Mary Mary.
                  With the flowers all contrary

Policeman: Mr Humpty has had a fall.
                  Did you see anything at all?

Mary Mary:  I saw it happen, I did.
                    You know, you should have asked me long ago!
                   You know Dish ran away with Spoon?
                    Well, Cow kicked Humpty as she jumped over the moon!

Narrator:     There was the answer to Humpty’s fall,
                    it really wasn’t a mystery at all!

Finish by bringing on the Cow, Dish, Spoon, Cat (with fiddle) and the Little Dog (who laughed), sing “Hey Diddle Diddle”.   Humpty Dumpty lies on the stage throughout, clutching his head, but gets up at the end to show he’s all right.

  Create a large Humpty Dumpty on the wall by lightly stuffing white bulletin board paper cut into an egg shape.  Add 3D legs and arms, paper clothing pieces, and a face.  Have the students measure each other to find out if they are taller, shorter, or the same height as Humpty.  Graph the results.

  Use real egg shells (washed and dried) to glue onto an egg shape. 

   Use blocks in the Block Center to form walls.  See who can create the highest wall.

  I have a picture puzzle of Humpty Dumpty sitting on a wall.  It has dotted lines on it to show the children where to cut.  The picture is divided by 2 horizontal and 2 vertical lines.  They color it, cut it apart, then see if they can put it back together.  You could make your own picture puzzle page by printing off one of the pictures from the ‘net, or a coloring book, and adding the lines yourself.  I also had my TA copy one onto cardstock, color, laminate, and then cut it apart.  Now we have one to use as a model and one that can be used by the students after they take theirs home.  I sent theirs home in an envelope to play with at home.

  Photocopy Humpty onto white construction paper minus his arms and legs.  Let the students color and cut him out.  Then help them to add accordain-fold legs and arms.

   For an outside activity, let the students have egg and spoon races.  Each student puts a raw egg (shell intact) in their spoon and tries to walk as swiftly as possible to a predetermined place.  The first person there with their egg still intact (no cracks) wins. 

  Use feltboard pieces  of Humpty Dumpty and the wall to practice position words.  Direct students to place Humpty “on” the wall, “in front of the wall”, “off” the wall, “above” the wall, “below” the wall, “behind” the wall, etc.

   The students can act out the rhyme themselves by pretending to be Humpty.  Let them sit on a low table and fall off as their classmates recite the rhyme.

   Teacher Dramatization:  Construct a wall of some sorts and decorate a real raw egg to look like Humpty.  Place plastic under the wall.  Have the students help you to recite the rhyme while you hold Humpty atop the wall.  As you get to the place where Humpty falls off the wall, forcibly throw him down onto the plastic so that the egg will shatter.  Then you can ask if anyone wants to try and put him back together again and discuss that things can’t always be fixed.

  Humpty Dumpty Playdough:  Add washed and dried, crushed eggshells to playdough for a new experience in textures.

   Humpty Dumpty Puppet:  Cut out two egg shapes from white posterboard.  On one egg, decorate to look like Humpty.  On the other egg, make it look like a raw egg (yolk and white).  Put the two eggs back-to-back with a craft stick glued in-between.  The students can use them as they recite the rhyme.

   On a white sheet of posterboard, draw Humpty.  Leave enough room below for students to create a wall using red rectangles.  Laminate all. 

For a sequencing activity, draw off a pattern for the wall and cut the rectangles to fit inside the pattern pieces.  Then program the rectangles with the ABCs or numbers.  The students build the wall by properly sequencing the letters or numbers.  For more advanced students, you could have them put words in ABC order.

  Humpty Dumpty sat on a chair,
While the barber cut his hair.
They cut it long.
They cut it short.
They cut it with a knife and fork.
~ Author Unknown

   Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
I wish they had had super glue way back then,
They could have put Humpty together again!
~ Author Unknown

  Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall eating ripe bananas,
Where do you think he put the peels?
Down his new pyjamas.

Humpty Dumpty sat on a chair while the barber cut his hair,
He cut it long
He cut it short
He cut it with a knife and fork.

Humpty Dumpty went to the moon on a supersonic spoon
He took some porridge and a tent but when he landed the spoon got bent
Humpty said he didn't care
For all I know he's still up there.
~ Author Unknown

   Use the Ellison egg die-cut to make activities to use in your pocketcharts.  To save yourself some time, if you're going to use the eggs plain and not decorate them, laminate your white construction paper first, then cut out the eggs.  This will save you from having to cut them out by hand once they're laminated.

You can make several different kinds of activities.  One is a math counting activity.  Cut out 55 eggs (for 1 - 10).  Cut 5 index cards in half and program each with a number 1 - 10.  Laminate.  Put the eggs into the pocketchart with a different number of eggs on each row.  The students count the eggs and match the correct number card by placing it in the row with the eggs.

You can also create an activity for <, >, and =.  Put eggs into each row with a space in the middle.  Program cards with the 3 symbols.  Laminate.  The students will place the correct cards into each space.  For instance, 4 eggs (space) 3 eggs.  They would insert the card with the > symbol.  4 eggs > 3 eggs

  You can use the "cracked egg" Ellison die-cut to make matching activities.  Program one half of the egg with a number and the other half with dots.  The students count the dots and match to the correct number.  (A new pencil eraser and an ink pad will make perfectly shaped dots.)

You can also program the eggs with capital/lowercase letters, pictures/sounds, rhyming words or rhyming pictures, compound words or compound pictures, etc.

  Another matching activity will require you to collect empty egg cartons and to dig out those plastic Easter eggs that you have stashed away somewhere.  If you can find the paper egg cartons, you can paint them.  If you use the more common styrofoam cartons, you'll need to collect the colors in pairs.

If you're using the paper egg cartons, you'll need to paint them red.  You can paint them with cheap Wal-Mart or dollar store spray paint (99 cents a can) or have your students paint them with a brush and tempra paint.

Cut the top off all the egg cartons and discard.  Turn one of the egg cartons upside-down and glue another egg carton on top of it right side up.  This will form your wall and the indentions will make a place for the eggs to rest.

Program each egg by writing or taping the word, or whatever, onto the egg.  The matching pieces should be cards small enough to fit inside the eggs.  The students match the cards to the correct egg and place the card inside the egg.  This activity would work well for any of the matching activities discussed above.


Humpty Dumpty Flapbook: I created a flapbook for Little Miss Muffet from a resource book (see pic), but you can create your own for any rhyme using the same format with a little creativity.  :)  Here's a rough sketch of how one could be done for Humpty Dumpty.


Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall (first flap with a small icon picture of maybe a wall or Humpty ... the icon stays the same on each flap)
underneath that flap you'd have a picture of say Humpty (and you'd ask the kids "Who sat on the wall?"  or you could have a picture of a wall and ask "Where did Humpty sit?")
Next flap would say "Humpty Dumpty had a great fall" with the same small icon
underneath that flap you could show a picture of Humpty falling and then ask the kids "What did Humpty do?"
Next flap: All the King's horses and all the King's men,
underneath the flap a picture of horses and men
question "Who's horses and men?"
Next flap: couldn't put Humpty Dumpty back together again.
underneath the flap picture putting Humpty together
question "Could they put Humpty back together again?"


 Humpty Dumpty Cake: Paula emailed me the instructions and pictures of  her Humpty Dumpty cake.  Too cute!  They used 2 yellow cake mixes and baked the cake in a 2 quart Pyrex bowl and a round 9" cake pan.  Then frost and add what looks like two Whoppers for eyes, a red Twizzler for a mouth, and accordion arms and legs attached with toothpicks.  Oh, and don't forget the hat!  She said the kids loved the cake!  Thanks for sharing!!   Submitted by: Paula Anderson  Kindergarten  Jefferson School  Princeton, IL





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