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Humpty Dumpty

Well known nursery rhyme

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Short silent animated film of the Humpty Dumpty Nursery Rhyme using toy soldiers and horses to help children read and spell. Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall Humpty Dumpty had a great fall All the king's horses and all the king's men Couldn't put Humpty together again

Questions & Activities


  • Why did humpty dumpty fall?
  • Why was he sitting on a wall?
  • Why is humpty shown as an egg?
  • What do you think the rhyme is about?


Early Years: Use the film to help children learn the ryhme.

Media Studies: Make your own short film of a nursery rhyme.

Media Studies: This film was a resource that teacher'€™s used in the past. Compare to a modern version of Humpty Dumpy.

Art and Design / Technologies: Design a box for an egg to fall into so it does not break.

Upper primary / Media Studies / English / Music: Make a moving image resource to teach nursery rhymes to young classes. Add a voiceover/music to the film.

History: Research the origins of the nursery rhyme to establish whether Humpty Dumpty was based on a real person.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-345-C
Resource Rights Holder National Library of Scotland
Project Ref 2751
Date 1960
Genre Educational, Women Filmmakers
School Subject Media Studies, History, English, Music, Art and Design, Technologies
Subject Matter Early Years
Who B. Grant (maker of Humpty), Educational Films of Scotland (sponsor), Louise Annand (editing, titles), R. Horn, W. Thomson, O. McAllan, F. Ritchie (camera and animation), SEFA (Glasgow Group Production), (production company)
Where Glasgow
Attributes Colour, Silent
Clip Length 4:47
Film Length 04:47