Nursery Rhymes

TitleAverage RatingMedia
3 Blind Mice
Music   Video
A Tisket A Tasket
Music   Video
A Vision
Music   Video
Baa Baa Black Sheep
Music   Video
Brahms Lullaby
Music   Video
Dickery Dickery Dare
Music   Video
Ding Dong Bell
Music   Video
Down at the Station
Music   Video
Hey Diddle Diddle
Music   Video
Hickory Dickory Dock
Music   Video
Hot Cross Buns
Music   Video
Humpty Dumpty
Music   Video
I'm a Little Teapot   Most Visited
Music   Video
Itsy Bitsy Spider   Most Visited
Music   Video
Jack and Jill
Music   Video
Jack in the Box
Music   Video
Kind Hearts
Music   Video
Little Bo Peep
Music   Video
Little Boy Blue, Come, Blow Your Horn!
Music   Video
Little Girl
Music   Video
Little Jack Horner
Music   Video
Little Miss Muffet
Music   Video
Mary Had a Little Lamb
Music   Video
Me And The Moon
Music   Video
Miss Polly
Music   Video
Mommy Loves You
Music   Video
Muffin Man
Music   Video
My Red Balloon
Music   Video
Needles and Ribbons and Packets of Pins
Music   Video
Once I Caught a Fish Alive
Music   Video
One Big Hippo Balancing
Music   Video
Pass the Drum   Newly Added
Music   Video
Patapan
Music   Video
Pease Porridge Hot
Music   Video
Peek a Boo   Newly Added
Music   Video
Pop Goes the Weasel
Music   Video
Quack Diddley Oso
Music   Video
Queen Anne Queen Anne
Music   Video
Ring Around the Rosie   Most Visited
Music   Video
Rock a Bye, Baby
Music   Video
Runaway Train   Newly Added
Music   Video
Sing a Song of Sixpence
Music   Video
Tailor, tailor!
Music   Video
The King Of China's Daughter
Music   Video
The Letter X
Music   Video
The Mouse Song
Music   Video
The Snail and the Mouse   Newly Added
Music   Video
The Violet
Music   Video
There Was An Old Woman
Music   Video
This Little Piggie Went To Market
Music   Video
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Music   Video
Umbrellas are No Use
Music   Video
Wee Willie Winkie
Music   Video
Where is Thumbkin?
Music   Video
X Shall Stand for Playmates Ten
Music   Video

Keeping the Tradition of Nursery Rhymes Alive

As you sing nursery rhymes to your infant or teach a familiar rhyme to a toddler, you're following the tradition of past centuries, dating as far back as the Middle Ages. While the origins may have become murky over the years, PBS Parents stresses the importance of this ritual for a common activity that spans multiple generations among families.

The Surprising Origin of Nursery Rhymes

Nursery Rhymes like Jack and Jill and Humpty Dumpty have been popular for centuries but have you ever paid attention to their true origin when teaching them to young children. L.K. Alchin from Nursery Rhymes, Lyrics, and Origins discusses some of the violent and controversial origins. For example, Jack and Jill has French origins, and the two characters are thought to be the beheaded King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. The first version of the nursery rhyme was written in 1795, shortly after the beheadings, and the nursery rhyme became more child-friendly over the years.

Other nursery rhymes have controversial connotations such as Humpty Dumpty insinuating someone was obese, or Ring Around the Rosie, which was originally about the bubonic plaque. However, PBS Parents cautions that parents shouldn't share these origins with young children and just let them enjoy the silly rhymes.

Teaching Children Nursery Rhymes

As children want to learn to talk just like their parents and teachers, nursery rhymes allow them to say several words at once and it's fun. You can start by introducing one or two rhymes a week, beginning with a traditional one like Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Begin by saying the nursery rhyme so your child learns the words and the rhyme pattern, and then you can sing them and add fun hand motions.

Benefits of Nursery Rhymes

PBS Parents states that nursery rhymes are fun for young children to learn and say, which is why it's imperative that you continue the time-old tradition of teaching them to your children. It helps strengthen relationships because these are active songs that grandparents or even great-grandparents can share with a young child.

Children learn important memorization skills from nursery rhymes from the time they're young. Often nursery rhymes are one of the first kinds of books read to infants and toddlers. Because of that, they associate nursery rhymes with not only funny rhymes but colorful pictures or imaginative hand movements so toddlers and preschoolers improve their language skills and their confidence as they act out nursery rhymes.