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Simple Simon Pie

Help build a child's understanding of what happens at a fair through singing songs and discussion.

Children help make a yummy pie and learn the rhyme "Simple Simon."

We all know Simple Simon really wanted some pie. Have the children help stir and make the pie together. You will have conversation with the children about how the pie looks, feels, and tastes.

Recite the rhyme "Simple Simon", have the children join in and as you enjoy the pie together.

Caution: Always check for allergies before serving foods. Talk with families to learn the schedule each child's doctor recommends for introducing new foods.


For this developmental activity you will need:

Copy of Simple Simon story prop

Samples of pie for students to try (check for food allergies)

Learning Outcomes


Cognitive, Social


Receptive Language (Listening and Understanding), Expressive Language (Speaking), Receptive Language (Listening)


Learning about what happens at a fair through singing songs and discussion.


Step 1:

Show students the story prop that has photos of the nursery rhyme.  Before reading it, ask questions like, “What do you see in this picture?” “Who do you think that is?” “Where do you think they are?” “Do you wish you were there?” “What would you do if you were there?”

Step 2:

Read the nursery rhyme slowly and have a volunteer point to the part in the picture when it is said. 

Step 3:

Tell the children that many good things to eat are sold at the fair! Simon met a man who is selling pies. He hopes he can taste some pie.

Step 4:

Have some bite-sized portions of pie for the children to try.

Simple Simon

Simple Simon met a pieman,

Going to the fair;

Says Simple Simon to the pieman,

"Let me taste your ware."

Activity Author

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Nina-Marie Mariconda| Registered Early Childhood Educator

Nina-Marie Mariconda is the owner and operator of Cloud 9 Child Care. When she was expecting her first born she wanted to know more about Child Development and how to positively shape the leaders of tomorrow. She has been a RECE and practicing in the field for almost 7 years and she enjoys every aspect that comes with it. Her career makes life fun!

Playful Questions

Have you made any food item before? What did you make? What utensil do you use to stir?

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