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. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t splash out in style on Mother Goose Day! May 1 is the designated date to celebrate this cultural icon.
Though Arthur Rackham is the artist most closely associated with Mother Goose, over the years, other talents have turned these poems into engaging pictures. Taking time to research contributions made by other illustrators could be a very enjoyable project.
This is a great time to share some of your favorite poems with the kids. You can also give them the opportunity to make up a few verses of their own or create art relating to their favorite nursery rhymes.
Celebrate the day by hosting a Mother Goose Day party. Throwdown with costumes, games, murals and themed cakes or keep it low key by sharing snacks with a few of your favorite young friends. Whatever you choose to do, take time to celebrate the spirit of imagination and childhood fun.