Nursery Rhymes for Babies

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Nursery rhymes are a brilliant way of introducing music to your children! They are simple and repetitive, allowing your child to quickly gain familiarity with them, and to join in as soon as they are able. They are often educational in nature, featuring numbers, letters, colours, animals, body parts, and so on. Nursery rhymes often have actions, allowing you to work on the mobility and coordination of your child. They are great fun, often resulting in lots of laughter and excitement, and so can accompany less desirable tasks to make them more enjoyable. Sing them loud, with lots of bold actions, and reap the reward of seeing your child learning while having lots of fun! Here are some of my favourite nursery rhymes:




1. Heads Shoulders Knees and Toes

  • Develops a knowledge of different body parts
  • Develops coordination as you and your child reach for different body parts

Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
And eyes and ears and mouth and nose                                                                         Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes

Touch each body part as you sing. Repeat as many times as you like, speeding up each time. For older children, leave a blank space in place of each additional body part as you repeat it.

2. Pop Goes the Weasel

  • Develops a sense of anticipation, as your child waits for the inevitable POP!

Half a pound of tuppenny rice                                                                                                   Half a pound of treacle                                                                                                            That’s the way the money goes                                                                                              POP! goes the weasel

Bounce your baby on your knee, lifting them into the air when you sing ‘POP’!

3. Row Row Row Your Boat

  • Develops an understanding of different animals and the sounds they make
  • Develops a sense of pulse as you rock in time to the music

Row, row, row your boat,                                                                                                         Gently down the stream,                                                                                                    Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,                                                                                               Life is but a dream.

Row, row, row your boat,                                                                                                        Gently down the stream,
If you see a crocodile,                                                                                                                    Don‛t forget to scream – Aghh!

Row, row, row your boat,                                                                                                        Gently down the river,
If you see a polar bear,                                                                                                                    Don‛t forget to shiver – Brrrrr!

Rock, rock, rock your boat,                                                                                                        Gently to the shore,
If you see a lion,                                                                                                                            Don‛t forget to roar – Raaaarrrrr!

Sit your baby on your knee, facing you. Take their arms in front of them, like oars, and gently rock them back-and-forth as you sing. Sing up for the sound effects at the end of verses 2,3 and 4!

4. Five Little Monkeys

  • `Develops a knowledge of numbers and counting backwards from 5

FIVE little monkeys jumping on the bed                                                                               One fell off and bumped his head;                                                                                       Mummy called the doctor
And the doctor said:
“No more jumping on the bed.”

FOUR little monkeys jumping on the bed                                                                               One fell off and bumped his head;                                                                                       Mummy called the doctor
And the doctor said:
“No more jumping on the bed.”

THREE little monkeys jumping on the bed                                                                               One fell off and bumped his head;                                                                                       Mummy called the doctor
And the doctor said:
“No more jumping on the bed.”

TWO little monkeys jumping on the bed                                                                               One fell off and bumped his head;                                                                                       Mummy called the doctor
And the doctor said:
“No more jumping on the bed.”

ONE little monkey jumping on the bed                                                                                  He fell off and bumped his head;                                                                                       Mummy called the doctor
And the doctor said:
“No more jumping on the bed.”

Use your fingers to demonstrate the number of monkeys. Gently bounce your baby up and down, tapping your head as the monkey bumps his!




5. Five Little Ducks

  • `Develops a knowledge of numbers and counting backwards from 5

FIVE little ducks went swimming one day                                                                         Over the hill and far away.
Mother duck said QUACK QUACK QUACK QUACK                                                      And only FOUR little ducks came back!

 FOUR little ducks went swimming one day                                                                         Over the hill and far away.                                                                                                   Mother duck said QUACK QUACK QUACK QUACK                                                      And only THREE little ducks came back!

THREE little ducks went swimming one day                                                                         Over the hill and far away.
Mother duck said QUACK QUACK QUACK QUACK                                                      And only TWO little ducks came back!

TWO little ducks went swimming one day                                                                         Over the hill and far away.
Mother duck said QUACK QUACK QUACK QUACK                                                      And only ONE little duck came back!

ONE little duck went swimming one day                                                                         Over the hill and far away.
Mother duck said QUACK QUACK QUACK QUACK                                                      And all her FIVE little ducks came back!

Try singing this song in the bath! Use rubber ducks to swim around, jumping over your baby’s body, and gradually disappearing.

6. Humpty Dumpty

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.

Carefully perch your baby on the edge of a table/chair. Gently jump them down to the floor as Humpty Dumpty falls off. Bounce them up and down as the King’s horses and men try to fix him.

7. Five Little Men in a Flying Saucer

  • Develops a knowledge of numbers and counting backwards from 5
  • Develops an understanding of left and right

FIVE little men in a flying saucer
flew around the world one day
They looked left and right
but they didnt like the sight
so one man flew a way – wheeeeee!

FOUR little men in a flying saucer
flew around the world one day
They looked left and right
but they didnt like the sight
so one man flew a way – wheeeeee!

THREE little men in a flying saucer
flew around the world one day
They looked left and right
but they didnt like the sight
so one man flew a way – wheeeeee!

TWO little men in a flying saucer
flew around the world one day
They looked left and right
but they didnt like the sight
so one man flew a way – wheeeeee!

ONE little man in a flying saucer
flew around the world one day
He looked left and right
but he didnt like the sight
so he flew a way – wheeeeee!
Hold your baby in a sitting position, facing away from you. Walk round in a circle as you sing, turning on the spot as you sing ‘flew round the world’. Quickly move your baby from left to right, and fly them through the air as you sing ‘wheeeeeee’!

8. The Grand Old Duke of York

  • Develops an understanding of ‘up’ and ‘down’

The Grand Old Duke of York he had ten thousand men
He marched them up to the top of the hill
And he marched them down again.
When they were up, they were up
And when they were down, they were down
And when they were only halfway up
They were neither up nor down.

This is a great one to do in front of a full length mirror – it will really make your baby laugh! Hold them in front of you, facing the mirror. March on the spot, raising and lowering them according to whether the men are marching ‘up’ or ‘down’.




9. Ring a Ring o’ Roses

  • Develops a sense of anticipation, as your child waits to ‘fall down’!

Ring-a-ring o’ roses,
A pocket full of posies,
A-tishoo! A-tishoo!
We all fall down.

Holding onto your baby’s body or hands, stand them up on your knee. Exaggerate the sneezes to make them laugh, before gently lowering them to their bottom!

10. Five Little Speckled Frogs

  • Develops a knowledge of numbers and counting backwards from 5

Five little speckled frogs,

Sat on a speckled log,
Eating the most delicious bugs (yum yum),
One jumped in to the pool,
Where it was nice and cool,

Then there were four green speckled frogs (glub glub).

Four little speckled frogs,
Sat on a speckled log,
Eating the most delicious bugs (yum yum),
One jumped in to the pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Then there were three green speckled frogs (glub glub).
Three little speckled frogs,
Sat on a speckled log,
Eating the most delicious bugs (yum yum),
One jumped in to the pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Then there were two green speckled frogs (glub glub).
Two little speckled frogs,
Sat on a speckled log,
Eating the most delicious bugs (yum yum),
One jumped in to the pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Then there was one green speckled frog (glub glub).
One little speckled frogs,
Sat on a speckled log,
Eating the most delicious bugs (yum yum),
He jumped in to the pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Then there were no green speckled frogs (glub glub).
Sit your baby on your knee, and hold up your fingers to show the number of frogs. Jump them down to the floor when the frog jumps into the pool, and back up again to start the next verse. 




11. Six Little Ducks That I Once Knew

  • Develops a knowledge of numbers and counting backwards from 6

Six little ducks that I once knew
Fat ones, skinny ones, fair ones too,
But the one little duck with the feather on his back,
He led the others with his quack, quack, quack.
Quack, quack, quack-quack, quack, quack
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack.
Down to the river they would go.
Wibble wobble, wibble wobble to and fro.
But the one little duck with the feather on his back
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack.
Quack, quack, quack-quack, quack, quack
He led the others with his quack, quack, quack.
Back from the river they would come.
Wibble wobble, wibble wobble, ho-hum-hum.
But the one little duck with the feather on his back
He led the others with a quack, quack, quack.
Quack, quack, quack-quack, quack, quack
He led the others with his quack, quack, quack.
Six little ducks that I once knew
Fat ones, skinny ones, fair ones too.
But the one little duck with the feather on his back
He led the others with his quack, quack, quack.
Quack, quack, quack-quack, quack, quack
He led the others with his quack, quack, quack.

This is a great song for dancing to! Hold your baby so that he is facing forwards, and swing him from left to right as you sing. If you’re feeling fit, try hopping as you ‘quack’!

12. Incy Wincy Spider

  • Develops an understanding of ‘up’ and ‘down’
  • Introduces the idea of weather

Incy Wincy spider climbed up the spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain
And Incy Wincy spider climbed up the spout again.

Lay your baby on their back, and use your hand to crawl the ‘spider’ up their body. Sprinkle ‘rain’ down onto their bellies, before raising your hands up to represent the sunshine. Finish with a tickle as Incy Wincy crawls up their body again. 




13. Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns,
Hot cross buns,
One a penny,
Two a penny,
Hot cross buns.

If you have no daughters,
Give them to your sons, 
One a penny,
Two a penny,
Hot cross buns.

This is a good song to sing at Easter time, while actually baking some hot cross buns! Your child will learn best if they can actually see the object you are singing about – so what better opportunity?!

14. Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush

  • Encourages different day-to-day tasks, and helps with language development.

Here we go round the mulberry bush
The mulberry bush, the mulberry bush
Here we go round the mulberry bush
On a cold and frosty morning.

This is the way we wash our face,
Wash our face, wash our face,
This is the way we wash our face,
On a cold and frosty morning.

This is the way we brush our teeth,
Brush our teeth, brush our teeth,
This is the way we brush our teeth,
On a cold and frosty morning.

This is the way we comb our hair,
Comb our hair, comb our hair,
This is the way we comb our hair,
On a cold and frosty morning.

This is the way we go to school,
Go to school, go to school,
This is the way we go to school,
On a cold and frosty morning.

The really great thing about this song is that you can make up whatever lyrics you like! Sing about whatever it is you are up to, and show your child the meaning of the words. It is a great distraction technique as well – whenever you want them to do something they are not keen on, make up a verse about it! 

15. It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

  • Helps with language development, and understanding of weather.

It’s raining, it’s pouring 
The old man is snoring 
He went to bed and he bumped his head 
And couldn’t get up in the morning.

A good one to sing when it is actually raining! Show your child the rainy day from the window, before trying these actions: sprinkle your fingers down for ‘It’s raining, it’s pouring’, and rest your head on your hands as if sleeping for ‘The old man is snoring’. Cradle your child for ‘He went to bed’, lightly touch their head for ‘he bumped his head’, and tickle them with kisses for ‘And couldn’t get up in the morning’. 




16. 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!

A very calming song, which is so popular with little ones. ‘Twinkle’ your hands open and shut to represent the stars. Point to the ceiling for ‘Up above the world so high’, and make a diamond shape for ‘like a diamond’. 

Hokey Cokey

  • Teaches different body parts
  • Teaches about left and right

You put your right arm in
your right arm out
In, out, in, out,
You shake it all about.
You do the Hokey Cokey and you turn around
That’s what it’s all about…

[Chorus]
Woah, the hokey cokey,
Woah, the hokey cokey,
Woah, the hokey cokey,
Knees bent, arms stretched, ra ra ra!

You put your left arm in
your left arm out
In, out, in, out,
You shake it all about.
You do the Hokey Cokey and you turn around
That’s what it’s all about…

[Chorus]

You put your right leg in
your right leg out
In, out, in, out,
You shake it all about.
You do the Hokey Cokey and you turn around
That’s what it’s all about…

[Chorus]

You put your left leg in
your left leg out
In, out, in, out,
You shake it all about.
You do the Hokey Cokey and you turn around
That’s what it’s all about…

[Chorus]

You put your whole self in
your whole self out
In, out, in,, out,
You shake it all about.
You do the Hokey Cokey and you turn around
That’s what it’s all about…

This song provides you with a great workout! Move the appropriate limbs as the lyrics instruct, and then fly your baby in/out/up/down for the ‘Hokey Cokey’!

18. This Little Piggy Went To Market

  • Develops sense of anticipation as baby waits for the tickle!
  • Draws attention to their feet and toes

This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed at home,
This little piggy had roast beef,
This little piggy had none.
And this little piggy went…
“Wee wee wee” all the way home…

Wiggle each toe as you talk about each little piggy, before tickling your baby’s whole body at the end. 

19. I’m A Little Teapot

  • Great actions for imaginative play

I’m a little teapot,
Short and stout,
Here is my handle,
Here is my spout.

When I get all steamed up,
Hear me shout,
Tip me up and pour me out.

Put your hand on your hip for ‘handle’, and your other hand turned out at shoulder height for ‘spout’. Tip yourself up like a pouring kettle!

20. This Old Man

  • Teaches counting from 1-10
  • Good use of rhyming words

This old man, he plays one
He plays knick knack on my thumb
With a knick knack paddy wack
Give a dog a bone
This old man comes rolling home

This old man, he plays two
He plays knick knack on my shoe
With a knick knack paddy wack
Give a dog a bone
This old man comes rolling home

This old man, he plays three
He plays knick knack on my knee
With a knick knack paddy wack
Give a dog a bone
This old man comes rolling home

This old man, he plays four
He plays knick knack on my door
With a knick knack paddy wack
Give a dog a bone
This old man comes rolling home

This old man, he plays five
Don’t play knick knack on that hive
With a knick knack paddy wack
Give a dog a bone
This old man comes rolling home

This old man, he plays six
He plays knick knack on my sticks
With a knick knack paddy wack
Give a dog a bone
This old man comes rolling home

This old man, he plays seven
He plays knick knack up in heaven
With a knick knack paddy wack
Give a dog a bone
This old man comes rolling home

This old man, he plays eight
He plays knick knack on my gate
With a knick knack paddy wack
Give a dog a bone
This old man comes rolling home

This old man, he plays nine
He plays knick knack on my vine
With a knick knack paddy wack
Give a dog a bone
This old man comes rolling home

This old man, he plays ten
He plays knick knack all over again
With a knick knack paddy wack
Give a dog a bone
This old man comes rolling home

Try beating along to this as you sing. Use a drum, a saucepan, or clap your hands to the beat.

 



Originally posted 2016-12-28 20:50:44. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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