The Queen of Hearts
She made some tarts,
All on a summer’s day
The knave of Hearts
He stole the tarts
And took them clean away.
The King of Hearts
Called for the tarts
And berated the Knave full sore
The Knave of Hearts
Brought back the tarts
And vowed he’d steal no more.
I used them frequently in my Waldorf kindergarten not only during circle or story time but they were wonderful for transition times, helping us all to gently make our way to another part of the day.
Nursery rhymes also (like fairy tales) introduce children to archetypal characters and situations in a way that young souls can take in as soul food.. Many adults are struck by what they see as images of gender-bias, aggression or evil in these traditional children's songs, poems and tales. However, when an educator or parent chooses developmentally appropriate ones the child takes in what he/she needs for emotional growth.
As a parent, I used them often during the many times we were waiting. Imagine being in the grocery store check out line. Your child is fussing with fatigue or over stimulation (candy, bright lights, noise). Take out a little peg doll and begin to recite the nursery rhyme. Recite it for the recommended three times (or more) to distract and soothe your child.
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I find that peg dolls stand sturdily on a table for storytelling, unlike un-weighted table puppets or needle felted puppets which fall over when either an adult or child is using them. Or they fit easily in a pocket or purse to be brought out as needed, where ever you are.