Discover the Most Popular 15 Nursery Rhymes for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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There is no better or more effective way of developing the language skills of toddlers than nursery rhymes. It is full of rhythm and music and makes learning both fun and exciting. Modulate your voice, add a few funny expressions and you will have grabbed their attention and created a unique learning experience. The reason that nursery rhymes have survived for centuries is that they work like magic and the constant repetition helps with developing vocabulary and focus. It boosts their listening skills and strengthen relationships in early childhood as they connect with you as you sing nursery rhymes to them. ‍

Listening to popular and timeless nursery rhymes like ‘Mary had a Little Lamb’ or ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ is guaranteed to bring a smile to your munchkin’s face. So here we have a curated list of nursery rhymes for toddlers that some of the most popular nursery rhymes through generations.

  1. Wee Willie Winkie
  2. This is a Scottish nursery rhyme and a great lullaby.
    Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town,
    Upstairs, downstairs in his nightgown.
    Tapping at the window, crying through the lock,
    Are the children in their beds? For now it’s eight o’clock.

  3. Mary Had a Little Lamb
  4. This nursery rhyme was the first audio recorded by Thomas Edison, soon after he invented the phonograph.

    Mary had a little lamb,
    Little lamb, little lamb,
    Mary had a little lamb
    Its fleece was white as snow.

    And everywhere that Mary went,
    Mary went, Mary went,
    Everywhere that Mary went
    The lamb was sure to go.

    It followed her to school one day,
    School one day, school one day,
    It followed her to school one day
    Which was against the rules.

    It made the children laugh and play,
    Laugh and play, laugh and play,
    It made the children laugh and play,
    To see a lamb at schoo.

  5. Hey Diddle Diddle
  6. This fun nursery rhyme which is believed to have been around since medieval times can be done with actions and children find it very amusing.

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

  7. These are Baby’s Fingers
  8. One of the educational and  fun nursery rhymes for toddlers, it  teaches them the names of their body parts.

    These are baby’s fingers,
    These are baby’s toes,
    Here is baby’s belly button,
    Round and round it goes.

  9. Five Little Monkeys
  10. One of the popular nursery rhymes for toddlers, it introduces simple counting till 5 and teaches them not to jump on the bed.

    Five little monkeys jumping on the bed
    One fell off and bumped his head
    Mama called the doctor and the doctor said
    No more monkeys jumping on the bed

    Four little monkeys jumping on the bed
    One fell off and bumped his head
    Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
    No more monkeys jumping on the bed

    Three little monkeys jumping on the bed
    One fell off and bumped his head
    Mama called the doctor And the doctor said
    No more monkeys jumping on the bed

    Two little monkeys jumping on the bed
    One fell off and bumped his head
    Mama called the doctor and the doctor said
    No more monkeys jumping on the bed

    One little monkey jumping on the bed
    One fell off and bumped his head
    Mama called the doctor and the doctor said
    Put those monkeys right to bed

  11. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  12. This timeless classic is one of the favourite nursery rhymes of all children.

    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.

  13. Humpty Dumpty
  14. Another all-time favourite, this rhyme is humorous and children love singing it.

    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.

  15. Little Bo Peep
  16. This nursery rhyme talks about little Bo looking for her lost sheep.

    Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep
    And doesn’t know where to find them
    Leave them alone and they’ll come home
    Wagging their tails behind them.

  17. Brother John
  18. This nursery rhyme was originally written in French and has now become a true classic in several languages.

    Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping? Brother John, Brother John,
    Morning bells are ringing! Morning bells are ringing!
    Ding, dang, dong.
    Ding, dang, dong.

  19. Little Miss Muffet
  20. This nursery rhyme ranks among the most recognisable English nursery rhymes and introduces the word ‘’tuffet’ which means a small grassy hill.

    Little Miss Muffet
    Sat on a tuffet,
    Eating her curds and whey;
    There came a big spider,
    Who sat down beside her
    And frightened Miss Muffet away.‍

  21. The Hokey Pokey
  22. This catchy nursery rhyme has its own dance and is great fun!

    You put your right foot in, you put your right foot out, you put your right foot in and you shake it all about.
    You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself around, that’s what it’s all about!
    You put your left foot in, you put your left foot out, you put your left foot in and you shake it all about. You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself around, that’s what it’s all about!
    You put your right hand in, you put your right hand out, you put your right hand in, and you shake it all about.
    You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself around, that’s what it’s all about!
    You put your left hand in, you put your left hand out, you put your left hand in and you shake it all about.
    You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself around, that’s what it’s all about!

  23. Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush
  24. This traditional English nursery rhyme has kids moving in a circle with actions.

    Here we go round the mulberry bush, The mulberry bush, The mulberry bush.
    Here we go round the mulberry bush, so early in the morning.

    This is the way we wash our face, wash our face, wash our face
    This is the way we wash our face, so early in the morning.

    This is the way we comb our hair, comb our hair, comb our hair
    This is the way we comb our hair, so early in the morning.

    This is the way we brush our teeth, brush our teeth, brush our teeth
    This is the way we brush our teeth So early in the morning.

     

  25. Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
  26. Almost 250 years old, this nursery rhyme is as popular as Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and ranks among one of the best preschool nursery rhymes.

    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

  27. Rock-a-Bye Baby
  28. This  nursery rhyme serves as a lovely and soothing lullaby.

    Rock-a-bye, baby In the treetop.
    When the wind blows, The cradle will rock.
    When the bough breaks, The cradle will fall,
    And down will come baby, cradle and all.

‍Nursery rhymes with their repetitive words and lines are easy to remember and build vocabulary and communication skills. They promote key developmental skills and gives them a better understanding of the world as they relate to them. They are able to express their creativity as they act out the rhymes and have a lot of fun at the same time.

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