Adaptive Books and Nursery Rhymes Activities for Preschool

nursery rhymes for preschoolers

Using nursery rhymes and songs is a perfect way to engage a toddler or preschooler and to work on phonological awareness, speech therapy, and pre-literacy.

Nursery rhymes have repetition and are predictable. A young child can feel like they’re starting to read which builds confidence and pride. They hear language and the nuances with the rhymes. They hear and learn new vocabulary. 

In addition, small groups of preschoolers can engage together in fun song and word games. They can share materials for song actions. They can make predictions based on what they already know. 

Whether you are working with your own young child, a student with disabilities, or teaching littles, here are some recent nursery rhymes and adaptive books that I put together!

Hear a child singing the song with simple directions on each slide, and even learn a new, fun verse!

Great for choice-making, mouse control, choral responding/nursery rhymes, and general fun.

Helpful for phonological awareness, speech therapy, and literacy activities for young students.

For the printable adaptive book, print in color to laminate and reuse with velcro or in black-and-white for single use with scissors and glue. Students choose the symbol word from the bank and put it at the end of each sentence. Perfect speech therapy activity!

Comes with three digital versions: Boom Cards™, Google Slides™, and TpT Easel™ activity. Includes simple drag-and-drop, choice-making, and fun audio to keep students engaged.

Hear a stanza, then do a simple drag-and-drop activity. 

Looking for something to reinforce phonemic awareness and rhyming skills? Something simple and fun for your toddler, preschool, or special education students?

Adaptive book: Print in color to laminate and reuse with velcro or in black-and-white for single use with scissors and glue. Students choose the correct last word from the symbol bank to fill in each sentence. Perfect speech therapy activity!

Boom Cards™ and Google Slides™: Listen to the traditional nursery rhyme PLUS a second, fun verse! Then click on the rhyming words to hear them.

This activity reinforces phonemic awareness and animal sounds that can be used during preschool circle time. It’s simple and fun for your toddler, preschool, or special education students.

Print in color to laminate and reuse with velcro or in black-and-white for single use with scissors and glue. Students choose the correct animal from the symbol bank and put them in the barn on the last page. Perfect speech therapy activity!

Boom Cards™, Google Slides™, and more. Select an animal and then hear that animal’s story, then put that animal in the barn before choosing a new animal. Great for choice-making, mouse control, choral responding/nursery rhymes, and general fun. Fun activity with child’s voice singing the song. Includes YouTube™ link.

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The well-known nursery rhymes activities for phonemic awareness with music! Something simple and fun for your toddler, preschool, or special education students.

Great for phonological awareness, speech therapy, and literacy activities for young students.

Print in color to laminate and reuse with velcro or in black-and-white for single use with scissors and glue. Perfect speech therapy activity, using Boardmaker™ symbols to read a simple sentence on each page.

Select an item and then hear that verse, then do a simple drag-and-drop activity before choosing a new bus item. Great for choice-making, mouse control, choral responding with nursery rhymes, and general fun. Google Slides even has the audio along with moveable pieces. Also includes an Easel™ activity! Super fun activity with child’s voice singing the song.

Here is a fun activity to work on counting and rhyming skills.

Using the well-known nursery rhyme, practice dragging and dropping skills, choral responding (sing/say it together!), and early rote counting.

Print in color to laminate and reuse with velcro or in black-and-white for single use with scissors and glue. Perfect speech therapy activity!

Students will get audio instructions through the first run of the rhyme to complete certain activities (e.g., drag the sticks into the box) in addition to the rhyme, and then the rhyme is run again with no additional instructions. Google Slides doesn’t have the audio, but has the moveable pieces. Also includes an Easel™ activity!

Here’s an activity to reinforce phonemic awareness and animals? 

Listen to the classic song, sung by a child, with simple yet fun drag-and-drop activities.

Includes a SILLY new verse the students will love!!!

Print in color to laminate and reuse with velcro or in black-and-white for single use with scissors and glue. Perfect speech therapy activity, using Boardmaker™ symbols to read a simple sentence on each page.

Simple drag-and-drop activity, great for choice-making, mouse control, choral responding with nursery rhymes, and general fun. Google Slides even has the audio along with moveable pieces. Also includes an Easel™ activity! Super fun activity with child’s voice singing the song.

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