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Humpty Dumpty

To think about people who help us when we are hurting.

by Janice Ross

Suitable for Key Stage 1


To think about people who help us when we are hurting.

Preparation and materials

  • You will need a picture of Humpty Dumpty.
  • Since this is a story about children climbing walls for fun, you might wish to include a ‘don’t try this at home’ type of warning!


  1. Tell the first part of this story.

    ‘Now remember,’ said his mum, as she did every morning, ‘Be careful. And don’t go climbing on any walls!’

    Her little boy, although actually he couldn’t be called ‘little’, was always getting into trouble. It wasn’t that he was a naughty boy, not that kind of trouble. No, it was falling over that was his problem. He was a bit top-heavy, you see, and found balancing rather difficult. He had tripped and fallen over stones, into puddles, and even into the swimming pool. His teacher was not amused on that particular occasion, as she happened to be standing at the side and was splashed all over!

    But it was walls that gave his mum most concern these days. He was one of those boys, the sort that just has to climb on every wall in sight. I don’t think that they are really interested in what they can see on the other side – they just see a wall and up they go! Most mums understand this and put up with the scuffed shoes and the holes in the knees of trousers.

    But that wasn’t the problem for this mum. She was worried about her child’s problems staying upright – on the ground, never mind on walls.
  2. Ask the children if they have guessed who her little boy is. Show the picture of Humpty Dumpty.
  3. Continue the story:

    And then one day it happened!

    ‘Mrs Dumpty, Mrs Dumpty!’ shouted someone at her door. ‘It’s Humpty. He’s had a fall from the high wall at the end of the lane.’

    Poor Mrs Dumpty! She arrived on the scene to see all the king’s horses and all the king’s men trying to put her little boy together again. It wasn’t a pretty sight! There was Pritt stick and glue and sticky tape and staples everywhere. Soldiers were rushing here and there, Humpty was wailing and horses were stamping their feet in alarm. It didn’t help when an emergency vehicle came screaming up the lane, ‘Nee-naw, nee-naw’. Nor did the horses like the flashing lights. All was mad excitement until a man in a very bright jacket stepped out of the vehicle and took control.

    ‘Move away, please, move away. That’s it now. Don’t worry. Everything is under control. Please, son, stop wailing, you’re scaring the horses half to death!’

    And in no time at all, everything was under control. Humpty was patched up as right as rain.

    Humpty made many new friends that day. The medical staff knew that Humpty would never be a wall-climber like the other boys, so instead they gave him some rides in their ambulance when they were not too busy. Look out for him when you next see an ambulance. You are bound to recognize him. He will be in the front seat and he will have not just one but three seatbelts holding him in place. No, the balancing has not improved, but the smile on his face says it all.

    ‘Let other boys climb walls. This is much more cool!’
  4. Talk about the accidents children might have. What kind of accidents? Who helps at home? And at school? What do they do to help? Explain that some accidents are minor and some are more serious. We needn’t worry, though, because there are very clever and caring people around us in hospitals who know how to help us and ‘put us back together again’.
  5. Tell the children that sometimes people are broken in a place that can’t be seen, in their heart. This can happen if something very sad has happened to the person. Bandages and medicine can’t really help this pain, but love can. We can help people who are broken-hearted by loving them. Sometimes we can hug them, sometimes we can talk to them, sometimes we can visit them.
  6. Christians and people of other faiths believe that God can see people’s hearts and knows when they are hurting. He cares very much for broken-hearted people. He asks us to care for them too.

Time for reflection


Think about the times when you have been hurt. Who has cared for you?

How can you care for other people today? How can you help them?



We thank you, God, that you know us and love us.

We thank you that you know when we are hurt and you give us kind people to help us.

We are glad that you know when we are feeling broken and sad on the inside, in our hearts,

and that you want to mend us there too.



‘Friends’ (Come and Praise Beginning, 19)

Publication date: May 2007   (Vol.9 No.5)    Published by SPCK, London, UK.
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