Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary: The Nursery Rhyme
Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells
And pretty maids all in a row.
Using Mary, Mary Quite Contrary in Preschool Lesson Plans: Gardening
– Plant a garden in or outside your classroom. Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary had a flower garden, not a vegetable garden. You can have your preschool students help you by planting seeds, or you might start with seedling. To jump right into gardening, purchase and plant fully grown flowers. Try to include a variety of types, sizes and colors.
– Let your students take turns being Mary (or Larry). Have the student stand in front of the garden. The rest of the class asks, “Mary, Mary, quite contrary, how does your garden grow?” The student replies, “With silver bells and cockle shells and pretty maids all in a row.”
– Fill your preschool classroom’s sensory table with soil, plastic gardening tools (small), flower bulbs and flower seeds. This is not an effort to actually grow flowers. Just let your students enjoy tilling the soil and getting their hands dirty!
Using Mary, Mary Quite Contrary in Preschool Lesson Plans: Shells
– In your sensory tub of soil, flower bulbs and flower seeds, also add some pretty sea shells. Your students can stand them up in the soil like the the cockle shells in Mary, Mary Quite Contrary’s garden, dig up seeds and bulbs with them and so on.
Using Mary, Mary Quite Contrary in Preschool Lesson Plans: Counting (Pretty Maids All in a Row)
-Laminate dye cuts of girl figures. According the whatever number you are focusing on that week, let your students count out that number of dye cuts. Another idea is to have your preschool students roll dice and then count out the number of dye cuts that they rolled. Even better, have the dye cuts attached to craft sticks. As your students count them out, have them stick the figures in the sensory table’s soil. Now you have maids in a row in Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary’s garden!
Using Mary, Mary Quite Contrary in Preschool Lesson Plans: Silver Bells Art Activity
– A silver bell is a white, bell shaped flower. Let your preschool students trace bell shaped cookies cutters on white construction paper. Have them cut out the bells. Give your students another sheet of paper on which you have printed a long stem and leaves. Instruct your students to glue the silver bells on to the stem.