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Children for generations have enjoyed their parents, or grandparents, saying or singing nursery rhymes to them. The comforting rhythm of the verses means that even at a very early age, babies recognise familiar nursery rhymes.

They start by anticipating what is going to come, be it a word, sound or action, and later they grasp the words and love joining in, over and over again! It's the very repetition that they enjoy.

Some of the most traditional nursery rhymes have meanings which are irrelevant and pretty meaningless in this modern day and age, but still the rhymes live on from generation to generation. Some are clearly educational, teaching little ones to count and increase their vocabulary along the way.

A few, like London Bridge Is Falling Down, have various versions (possibly depending on where you live) and yours may differ from the one your partner heard as a toddler...

Just in case you're a little rusty on some of the classics, here is Emma's Diary's selection of some of the best known traditional nursery rhymes... get ready to sing along!

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.

I'm a little teapot

  • I'm a little teapot, short and stout
  • Here's my handle (place hand on hip)
  • Here's my spout (stick your other arm out straight)
  • When I get all steamed up, hear me shout
  • Just tip me over and pour me out (lean over with your spout arm)

London bridge is falling down (short version)

  • London bridge is falling down,
  • Falling down, falling down.
  • London bridge is falling down,
  • My fair lady.
  • Build it up with wood and clay,
  • Wood and clay, wood and clay,
  • Build it up with wood and clay,
  • My fair lady.
  • Wood and clay will wash away,
  • Wash away, wash away,
  • Wood and clay will wash away,
  • My fair lady.
  • Build it up with iron and steel,
  • Iron and steel, iron and steel,
  • Build it up with iron and steel,
  • My fair lady.
  • Iron and steel will bend and bow,
  • Bend and bow, bend and bow,
  • Iron and steel will bend and bow,
  • My fair lady.
  • Build it up with silver and gold
  • Silver and gold, silver and gold,
  • Build it up with silver and gold,
  • My fair lady.

Mary had a little lamb

  • Mary had a little lamb,
  • His fleece was white as snow,
  • And everywhere that Mary went,
  • The lamb was sure to go
  • He followed her to school one day,
  • Which was against the rule,
  • It made the children laugh and play,
  • To see a lamb at school.
  • And so the teacher turned him out,
  • But still he lingered near,
  • And waited patiently about,
  • Till Mary did appear.
  • "What makes the lamb love Mary so?"
  • The eager children cry;
  • "Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know,"
  • The teacher did reply.

Humpty dumpty sat on a wall

  • 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.

Hey diddle diddle

  • Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle,
  • The cow jumped over the moon.
  • The little dog laughed to see such fun
  • And the dish ran away with the spoon!

Baa baa black sheep

  • Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool?
  • Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full!
  • One for the master, one for the dame,
  • And one for the little boy who lives down the lane.

One, two, three, four, five

  • One, two, three, four, five
  • Once I caught a fish alive.
  • Six, seven, eight, nine, ten
  • Then I let it go again.
  • Why did you let it go?
  • Because it bit my finger so.
  • Which finger did it bite?
  • This little finger on my right.

Hickory dickory dock

  • Hickory dickory dock (Gently bounce baby to the beat)
  • The mouse ran up the clock (run your fingers from your baby's toes to their chin)
  • The clock struck one (clap once)
  • The mouse ran down (run your fingers down to your baby's toes)
  • Hickory dickory dock.
  • Hickory dickory dock (Gently bounce baby to the beat)
  • The mouse ran up the clock (run your fingers from your baby's toes to their chin)
  • The clock struck two (clap twice)
  • The mouse went "boo!" (cover baby's eyes with your hands then pull them away on boo!)
  • Hickory dickory dock.
  • Three… the mouse went weeee (lift baby in the air on weeee)
  • Four…The mouse went "no more!" (shake your finger no more!)

Polly put the kettle on

  • Polly put the kettle on,
  • Polly put the kettle on,
  • Polly put the kettle on,
  • We'll all have tea.
  • Sukey take it off again,
  • Sukey take it off again,
  • Sukey take it off again,
  • They've all gone away.

Pop goes the weasel

  • Half a pound of tuppenny rice,
  • Half a pound of treacle,
  • That's the way the money goes,
  • Pop! goes the weasel.
  • Up and down the City road,
  • In and out the Eagle,
  • That's the way the money goes,
  • Pop! goes the weasel.

Ring-a-ring o'roses

  • Ring-a-ring o'roses
  • A pocketful of posies
  • Atishoo, atishoo
  • We all fall down.

Jack and Jill

  • Jack and Jill went up the hill
  • To fetch a pail of water.
  • Jack fell down and broke his crown,
  • And Jill came tumbling after.
  • Up Jack got, and home did trot,
  • As fast as he could caper,
  • He went to bed to mend his head,
  • With vinegar and brown paper.

This old man

  • This old man, he played one
  • He played knick-knack on my thumb
  • With a knick knack paddywhack give the dog a bone
  • This old man cam rolling home…
  • Two...on my shoe
  • Three...on my knee
  • Four...on my door
  • Five...on my hive
  • Six...on my sticks
  • Seven...up to heaven
  • Eight...on my gate
  • Nine...on my spine
  • Ten...once again

Round and round the garden

  • Round and round the garden, like a Teddy Bear (drawn a circle with your finger on baby’s palm)
  • One step, two step, (walk your finger up baby’s arm)
  • Tickle you under there! (tickle baby under the chin)

Sing a song of sixpence

  • Sing a song of sixpence a pocket full of rye,
  • Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie,
  • When the pie was opened the birds began to sing,
  • Oh wasn't that a dainty dish to set before the king?
  • The king was in his counting house counting out his money,
  • The queen was in the parlour eating bread and honey,
  • The maid was in the garden hanging out the clothes,
  • When down came a blackbird and pecked off her nose!

This little piggy

  • This little piggy went to market (touch baby’s biggest toe)
  • This little piggy stayed at home (touch the next toe)
  • This little piggy had roast beef (and the next)
  • This little piggy had none (and the next)
  • And this little piggy went...Wee weewee all the way home... (touch the little toe and then run your hand up baby tickling gently as you go)

Little miss muffet

  • Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet,
  • Eating her curds and whey,
  • Along came a spider, who sat down beside her,
  • And frightened Miss Muffet away!
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