Do you know the Muffin Man? Well my daughters do now! Over the summer I had a large custom order to make 10 different puppets that went along with 10 different nursery rhymes for a preschool/childcare center. It was a lot of work, but SO much fun to design them all. The sad thing is that I never listed them in my shops. So, I figured it was about time that I started sharing them with others.
As I decided to do a muffin themed day with my daughter and her friend for preschool, I remembered that I had made the cute "The Muffin Man" puppet, and that got my wheels turning in my brain.
The first thing I did was share with the girls the wonderful nursery rhyme, "The Muffin Man", with them by reading out of my vintage childhood book, Mother Goose - A Treasury of Best Loved Rhymes. This book was edited by Watty Piper, and was illustrated by Tim and Greg Hildebrandt (who just happen to be twin brothers).
The illustrations in this book are just beautiful and the nursery rhymes are orgainized by themes. My dear grandmother Lois, who was a librarian in an Elementary School, and who help instill a love for books in me, gave this to me in 1980. My grandmother used to give me beautiful books on special occasions and she would always leave an inscription in the front cover. It is fun to go back and look when she gave me different books and what she had to say about them. Even though my dear grandmother passed away 12 years ago, the books she gave me that I now read to my own children help keep her memory alive.
here until the girls felt comfortable saying it themselves. They loved it! Then they started to get to work on making their "Muffin Man" puppets.
If you are wanting to make your own darling "Muffin Man" with your children or students you can find my "The Muffin Man Pack" in:
You will receive everything you see above with your digital purchase: a black and white "Muffin Man", a colored "Muffin Man", an 8 1/2" x 11" The Muffin Man Nursery Rhyme Poster, and Mini Nursery Rhyme Posters that can be glued to the back of the finished art projects. My favorite part about these puppets is that they are bigger than life. Love them!
Another activity we did during our muffin theme, was this fun math activity. I labeled cupcake liners with the numbers 1-12. I then placed them in a muffin tin. I told the girls that we needed to make some berry muffins but before we could add the batter we needed to count out the correct amount of berries for each muffin.
- One of the girls would count out the amount they needed first in their hand, i.e. 4 berries, and then they would place it in the correct muffin tin marked with the number 4.
- The other girl would choose a muffin tin that had a number on it, i.e. 6, and then they would one by one count six berries into the muffin tin.
Here is one batch of freshly baked and oh so scrumptious play-doh muffins. More muffin themed ideas and books to come soon! Happy baking!