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Over in the meadow,
In the sand in the sun
Lived an old mother toadie
And her little toadie one
“Wink!” said the mother;
“I wink!” said the one,
So they winked and they blinked
In the sand in the sun.

This lapbook was created to be used with the song, “Over in the Meadow.” You can likely find a book by the same title at your local library. Some options are listed at the end of this page.

Thanks to Lisa Moore for the original creation and ideas of this Over in the Meadow lapbook.

Over in the Meadow Lapbook Activities

This Over in the Meadow lapbook includes the following mini books and activities:

1. Over in the Meadow Scene
What is a meadow? Discuss the word meadow with your student. A meadow is a piece of low lying ground that is covered in grass and wildflowers. It is usually level and sometimes near a stream or river.

Use the printable page provided for your student to create his own meadow.

2. Animal Action Cards & Pocket
Have fun acting out the action cards. Place the cards face down on a table. Draw a card and act out the action on the card. Actions include: sing, dive, buzz, caw, chirp, bask, croak, spin, wink, and swim.

This fun activity will build your student’s vocabulary while getting some exercise!

3. Animal Homes Matchbooks
Where do animals live? These animal homes matchbooks include several animals and their homes. It is your student’s job to match the homes to the animals.

Animals and homes included for this matching activity: bee/hive, bird/nest, frog/pond, fish/pond, spider/web, and grasshopper/grass.

4. Rhyming Flap Books
“Over in the Meadow” provides a great opportunity to teach your preschool student to listen for rhyming words.

Can he hear the number rhymes? (one/sun, two/blue, three/tree, four/shore, five/beehive, six/sticks, seven/even, eight/gate, nine/shine, and ten/den.

5. Over in the Meadow Counting Book
This little book provides the words to the first five verses of the song, and it also gives your preschooler an opportunity to count! Enjoy singing and counting together.

6. M is for Meadow Book
Introduce or review the letter M. This mini book includes the following M words: mouse, moon, mushroom, and moose. Would you find any of these things in a meadow?

Over in the Meadow Library List

Over in the Meadow by John Langstaff

Over in the Meadow by Olive A. Wadsworth

Over in the Meadow by Jane Cabrera

This same rhyme has been redone to match other habits. Your student may enjoy some of these stories as well:

Over in the Ocean: In a Coral Reef by Marianne Berkes

Over in the Forest: Come and Take a Peek by Marianne Berkes

Over in the Grasslands: On an African Savanna by Marianne Berkes

Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme by Marianne Berkes

How to Get Started with the Over in the Meadow Lapbook

Follow these simple instructions to get started with the Over in the Meadow lapbook:

  1. Print the Over in the Meadow lapbook.
  2. Choose and prepare the lapbook printables you want to use with your student.
  3. Enjoy a week of rhyming fun with your preschool student.

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More Rhyming Resources

Listening to rhymes and learning to hear them is great for building your preschooler’s literacy skills. Try some of our other nursery rhyme resources:

Humpty Dumpty Lapbook
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star Unit Study & Lapbook
Pat-a-Cake Lapbook