4 Nursery Rhymes You Should Know But Really Don’t

Nursery rhymes are vital for the development of young minds. They are silly, funny and sometimes down right bizarre! However, they provide a great opportunity for parents to interact with their baby. But can you remember any of them?

Why are Nursery Rhymes Important?

Nursery rhymes are a great way to help develop language and communication skills from a very young age. Their simple tunes and nonsense rhymes make them fun and therefore make learning enjoyable. If your little one is anything like mine, they will have what seems like an innate ability to learn lyrics. This usually comes at the cost of singing annoying theme tunes but also means they are great at learning nursery rhymes. Being able to memorize nursery rhymes enables children to expand their vocabulary. Many of them have action as well and this will help develop young children’s gross motor skills.

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I was recently on holiday with my sister and she was playing with my youngest (now 10 months). She was singing nursery rhymes with her but she had forgotten most of the ones that our mother had sung to us. I thought I would write down a few and things that you can do with them when playing with your little ones.

Twinkle twinkle little star

Twinkle, twinkle little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle little star,
How I wonder what you are.

Twinkle, twinkle is the perfect song for bedtime. We all know the importance of a bedtime routine and this can easily be used in it. It also has actions which little ones will love to watch and copy.

There are also loads of different versions – this being my favourite.

Twinkle, twinkle, chocolate bar
My dad drives a rusty car
Start the engine, pull the choke
Off we go in a cloud of smoke
Twinkle, twinkle, chocolate bar
My dad drives a rusty car

Old MacDonald had a farm

Old MacDonald had a farm
And on his farm he had a cow
With a moo moo here
And a moo moo there
Here a moo, there a moo
Everywhere a moo moo
Old MacDonald had a farm

This is a firm favourite in our house and is my go to for keeping my girls awake when in the car. We love using different animals like lions, dragons, snakes etc. When we run out of animals I use letter sounds.  I have found this to be a great what to introduce phonics so that they are used to the different sounds they make.

Hickory dickory dock

Hickory dickory dock,
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one,
The mouse ran down.
Hickory dickory dock.

When I took my youngest daughter swimming they used Hickory Dickory Dock and added different verses using different numbers. For instance the clock stuck 2 and the mouse went wooo! I love this as I love anything introduces numbers in a fun way.

Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall,

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

All the kings horses and all the kings men,

Couldn’t put Humpty together again.

Which child doesn’t like being jumped up high and “fall” to the floor? This one is great for getting that infectious laugh from your little one! An all time favourite!

The best thing about nursery rhymes is that there are so many! And most of them have different verses and versions to stop you getting bored. If you can’t find one you like then you could be really adventurous and make one up!

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