If you’ve ever recited nursery rhymes about Humpty Dumpty falling off the wall or Jack and Jill making their way up the hill, you have Mother Goose to thank–sort of.
There’s no evidence that she was ever a real person despite the perennial popularity of verses attributed to her, but that doesn’t mean you can’t splash out on Mother Goose Day in style! May 1 is the designated day to celebrate this cultural icon.
If you have young children, this is a great time to read some of your favorite poems to them. You can also give them the opportunity to make art relating to nursery rhymes they like best or to even try their hand at creating verse.
These rhymes have been reprinted many times with various artists, so you might enjoy looking for contributions of illustrators as well. Arthur Rackham is the artist most closely associated with Mother Goose, but many others have turned the poems into engaging pictures.
Kids and adults alike might enjoy a Mother Goose Day party. You can be as ambitious as you like, going all out with costumes, games and a themed cake, or keep it low key with just snacks and activities. Get large sheets of paper and let kids collaborate on a giant mural.
Whatever you choose to do, this is a great opportunity to observe the spirit of imagination and childhood fun and to remember your favorite encounters with this legendary figure.