Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Jack Be Nimble Candlestick Craft

Jack be nimble
Jack be quick
Jack jump over the candlestick

In order to get us back into the swing of things after the holidays, I decided it would be fun for us to do a nursery rhyme theme this week. 

The goal is to do 4 to 5 craft projects based around nursery rhymes. 

Today we tackled Jack Be Nimble and made our own candlesticks to jump over.

Supplies Needed:
Cardboard tube
Orange construction paper
Markers or crayons

I drew a flame shape on the orange construction paper for the girls to cut out. 

After cutting, it was time to decorate the cardboard tubes. 

I got out the markers because the girls love coloring with markers. I also wanted something that would show up well on the cardboard. 

If you don't want to use markers, you could use crayons or paint to decorate your tubes.

When they were done decorating, I cut two small slits in the top of each tube. 

We then inserted the flames into the slits. 

This was a simple craft, which was exactly what we needed to ease into this post-holiday week. 

But, the craft itself wasn't our favorite part. 

Nope, the most eagerly awaited step was jumping over the candlestick! We jumped and we jumped and we jumped and got all our energy out. 

It was a perfect way to spend the afternoon!

What is your favorite nursery rhyme? Maybe we'll tackle it next!


  1. Love it! Love it, quick easy, fun and a controlled way of getting out some much needed energy! Printing off the coloring/poem sheets now.

  2. This is such a cute craft! Love how simple it is, too!

  3. I love this craft and activity idea. I remember a dance class my daughter took when she was maybe 2 years old and they jumped over the candlestick. It was a huge hit. Thanks for sharing on Monday Madness.

  4. OMG! so cute and creative. I tweeted and will share! Great post.

  5. Fun way to get them up and moving. Hopping in from Playtime

    Veronica @ http://watchmeplaynlearn.blogspot.com/2012/01/sensory-beads.html

  6. would be fun to use tissue paper as a flame too-- I'm thinking having different height "flames" would make it exciting for big kids too!! great snow day activity!!

  7. I remember my grandmother teaching my little sister this nursery rhyme, and having her jump over a real lit candle. When my sister saw the picture, she was convinced my grandma tried to set her on fire!! Maybe these would have been a better alternative!

    Stopping by from It's Playtime!


  8. What a great weekly theme and such a simple fun craft. I can see how much fun the jumping would be too. I am not sure I have a favorite nursery rhyme. I probably don't do them enough with my kids. In fact I am thinking right now that they may not know any. Shame on me!

  9. I've just found this website! It's great! I'm so glad I've found it! We're learning English as a second language through songs and rhymes with my kids in Hungary, and a couple of weeks ago we made a similar craft for this rhyme. We glued two layers of paper around the cardboard tube, a wider one which is yellow (this made the candle stick) and one with the same height as the cardboard tube, for the candle. Here are some pictures:


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