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Someones Hiding, Down in a Box, Until……..

Jack is hiding down in his box.....

Jack in the Box is a favourite game of my kids!  All you need is a box! 

It involves singing the well-known nursery rhyme Jack in a Box and acting out the words on cue to the song.  We use the box as a creative prop and make the acitivty fun!

We decorated our box using paint…..any excuse to get the paints out!

Jack in a box is so much fun; it will have your kids wanting to do it over and over again! It is also great for all ages; even my littlest Miss 1 loves to play.

 Jack is hiding down in his box…….until someone opens the lid…….BOO!!
Imaginative play song activities

Jack in a box jumps UP!

Activities for kids

Jack in a box goes FLOP!

songs for kids

Jack in a box goes ROUND and ROUND!

Song activities for kids

The lid goes down with a PLOP!

  • You don’t need a box to do this activity!  I sing this song while holding Miss 1 and carry out the actions on cue with the words. This makes her giggle endlessly!

Here is an example of what you can do without a box!  Be sure to carefully support the child’s body through the actions.

Jack in a box jumps up!    (Jump up holding child close to body)

Jack in a box goes flop!     (Flop child out away from body-supporting head & neck)

Jack in a box goes round and round!     (Spin around holding child)

The lid goes down with a plop!    (Gently drop your body while holding your child in a downwards action)

Ideas and Tips:

  • To personalise the game; you could replace the name Jack with your child’s name.  “Sarah in the box jumps up!”

  • Nursery rhymes and songs are great for developing oral language skills.

  • Kids love to play with boxes and nursery rhymes.

Printable Lyrics for Jack in the Box

Thank you to my beautiful Miss 3 for being part of the photos….xx


6 thoughts on “Someones Hiding, Down in a Box, Until……..”

  1. My daughter LOVES this song and activitiy but we haven’t done it for ages. We don’t have a big colourful box though. Perfect timing because we just used up a box of nappies. Off we go to paint, paint, paint!

  2. I find it odd that I’ve never heard the nursery rhyme. At least to me recollection. Thank you for sharing and opening my eyes to such a fun activity. I LOVE that you actually added a box. Such a great idea. My son would love this.

  3. Love your blog thank you!
    Another great Jack in the Box is”
    Jack in the box, Jack in the box
    Quiet and Still
    Will you come out, Will you come out
    Yes I will! (JUMP UP)

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Hi and welcome to Learning 4 Kids!

Hi and welcome to Learning 4 Kids!

My name is Janice and I am an Early Childhood Teacher in Australia.

I have a strong passion and love for teaching and creating meaningful learning experiences for my students. What I love most is watching children discover in those amazing light bulb moments. I hope Learning4kids brings you some useful ideas.

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