May 1st is Mother Goose Day. I’m thinking Mother Goose Day would be a lot of fun to celebrate during our homeschool day so I am sharing the links I’ve found with you, and, well you can do them next year. Or you can have fun learning about Mother Goose any time! Let’s start with a short history lesson and then move on to fun times!
The History of Mother Goose
So who exactly is Mother Goose?
You may know her from the nursery rhymes, stories, and perhaps a game or two that you play, but who is she? Mother Goose is part of a long history of oral traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation. Despite being around for a very long time, historians still aren’t sure exactly who she is. There are many different theories out there about her, ranging from being an American from the 1600’s to a Frenchwoman from the 1200’s!
The most likely origin of Mother Goose is that she was the wife of King Robert II of France. King Robert had a wife who would tell all kinds of stories to children in and around the palace when she was queen. She was telling these stories as far back as the 1200’s in France, but they weren’t published officially until 1697!
In fact, the collection of her stories were essentially the very first fairy tale book ever published! The stories quickly became popular and were translated from French to English in the 1720’s. They were brought to the United States in 1786. That’s quite a history for an old Goose!
Crafts and Activities for Mother Goose Day
Mother Goose Paper Plate Craft from Danielle’s Place
Mother Goose Shoe Craft Tutorial from Scribd
Various Mother Goose Crafts from Tippy Toe Crafts
Old Woman Who Lived in A Shoe Craft Lacing Craft from Blue Bonkers
Mother Goose Games from So Tomorrow Blog
15 Fun Activities to Celebrate Mother Goose Day! (some cute ideas!)
Free Printable Worksheets for Mother Goose Day
Mother Goose Storytime – Planning Sheet, Songs and Rhymes from Franklin Park Public Library
Free Mother Goose Preschool Workbook from Mother Goose
Journaling with Mother Goose from MPM School Supplies