15 Nursery Rhyme Songs
To Get The Little Ones Grooving
Music to your child’s ears.

There’s a reason why nursery rhyme songs have been with us for centuries. They work like a charm.

The constant repetition in the nursery rhyme songs is perfect for developing brains that are trying to keep a hold of vocabulary and learn to focus. What’s more, the children learn to listen carefully from beginning to end and get introduced to the imaginative world of storytelling.

Even the youngest of babies can enjoy nursery rhymes and you will quickly find that they start to connect with you as you sing with them.

1. The Nursery Rhyme Song: The Finger Family

What it is: One of the most popular nursery rhyme songs, featuring daddy finger as the thumbs, mommy finger as the index finger, brother finger as the middle finger, sister finger as the ring finger and baby finger as pinky.

Listen to it here: mothergooseclub.com/videos/finger-family-nursery-rhyme/

Lyrics:

Daddy finger, daddy finger, where are you?
Here I am, here I am. How do you do?

Mommy finger, Mommy finger, where are you?
Here I am, here I am. How do you do?

Brother finger, Brother finger, where are you?
Here I am, here I am. How do you do

Sister finger, Sister finger, where are you?
Here I am, here I am. How do you do?

Baby finger, Baby finger, where are you?
Here I am, here I am. How do you do?

2. The Nursery Rhyme Song: Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe

What it is: The made up, strange-sounding words make singing this rhyme so much more fun for kids! You can find different variations of the lyrics like this one, featuring a little piggy and a tiger.

Listen to it here: youtube.com/watch?v=u9f9B0nz6r4

Lyrics:

Eenie, Meenie, Minie, Mo,
Catch A Piggy By The Toe.
If He Hollers, Let Him Go,
Eenie, Meenie, Minie, Mo.

Eenie, Meenie, Minie, Mo,
Catch A Tiger By The Toe.
If He Hollers, Let Him Go,
Eenie, Meenie, Minie, Mo.

3. The Nursery Rhyme Song: Brother John (Frère Jacques)

What it is: The original, French version of this timeless rhyme comes from 1780. It was translated into multiple languages and became a true classic among nursery rhyme songs.

Listen to it here: youtube.com/watch?v=XHX5k0NCdj4

Lyrics:

English lyrics:

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

French lyrics:

Frère Jacques, frère Jacques,
Dormez-vous? Dormez-vous?
Sonnez les matines! Sonnez les matines!
Ding, dang, dong. Ding, dang, dong

4. The Nursery Rhyme Song: A tisket, A tasket

What it is: This traditional American nursery rhyme was first published in 1879 but it only became popular when it was recorded by Ella Fitzgerald almost 60 years later.

Listen to it here: youtube.com/watch?v=Xb5yuhgKgKc

Lyrics:

A-tisket, a-tasket
A green and yellow basket
I wrote a letter to my love
And on the way I dropped it
I dropped it
I dropped it
Yes, on the way I dropped it
A little boy he picked it up
and put it in his pocket.

5. The Nursery Rhyme Song: You’re Adorable

What it is: Thanks to such quite literally adorable nursery rhyme songs, little ones can ace the alphabet and learn some new adjectives while they’re doing it.

Listen to it here: youtube.com/watch?v=7tAprz_76KM

Lyrics:

“A” you’re adorable
“B” you’re so beautiful
“C” you’re so cute and full of charm.
“D” you’re a darling and “E” you’re exciting
“F” you’re a feather in my arms
“G” you’re so good to me
“H” you’re so heavenly
“I” you’re the one I idolize
“J” we’re like Jack and Jill
“K” you’re so kissable,
“L” is the love light in my eyes.

“M” – “N” – “O” – “P” I could go on all day
“Q” – “R” – “S” – “T” alphabetically speaking, you’re OK
“U” made my life complete
“V” means you’re very sweet,
“W” – “X” – “Y” – “Z”…
It’s fun to wander through the alphabet with you
To tell you what you mean to me!

6. The Nursery Rhyme Song: Animal Fair

What it is: Allegedly sung by American sailors at the end of the 19th century, Animal Fair is a lively, traditional folk and children’s song about various animals.

Listen to it here: youtube.com/watch?v=kbcKvW-mjfA

Lyrics:

I went to the animal fair,
The birds and the beasts were there,
The big baboon by the light of the moon
Was combing his auburn hair.
The monkey fell out of his bunk,
And slid down the elephant’s trunk,
The elephant sneezed and fell to his knees,
And that was the end of the monk!
The monk!

I went to the animal fair,
The birds and the beasts were there,
The big baboon by the light of the moon
Was combing his auburn hair.
The monkey bumped the skunk,
And sat on the elephant’s trunk;
The elephant sneezed and fell to his knees,
And that was the end of the monk!
The monk!

7. The Nursery Rhyme Song: Hokey Pokey

What it is: This catchy melody comes along with its own dance, and all you need to do is follow the instructions in the lyrics!

Listen to it here: youtube.com/watch?v=V-GzlBEQM-Q

Lyrics:

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!

You put your head in
You put your head out
You put your head 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 whole self in
You put your whole self out
You put your whole self in
And you shake it all about
You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself around
That`s what it`s all about!

8. The Nursery Rhyme Song: Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush

What it is: First published in 1840s, this one of the most traditional English nursery rhyme songs is often used as a singing game where kids move around in a circle and use their hands to imitate the activities specified in verses.

Listen to it here: youtube.com/watch?v=KP6LBYoqBl0

Lyrics:

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

This is the way we put on our clothes,
Put on our clothes,
Put on our clothes
This is the way we put on our clothes
So early in the morning

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

9. The Nursery Rhyme Song: Wind the Bobbin Up

What it is: Another ‘singing game’! Kids get to follow the lyrics to pull and clap with their hands, point up at the ceiling and more, making it a great activity for developing gross motor skills.

Listen to it here: youtube.com/watch?v=wR9HI9IkmH8

Lyrics:

Wind the bobbin up,
Wind the bobbin up,
Pull, Pull, Clap, Clap, Clap,
Point to the ceiling
Point to the floor
Point to the window
Point to the door
Clap your hands together – 1, 2, 3,
Put your hands down on your knees.

10. The Nursery Rhyme Song: Baa, baa, black sheep

What it is: This rhyme can be used to teach the little ones about the joy of sharing and helping. Almost two-and-a-half centuries old, the melody is the same as the well-known Twinkle, twinkle little star and it derives from a variant of Ah! Vous diraije maman.

Listen to it here: youtube.com/watch?v=1dttq5p0xUM

Lyrics:

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

Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir,
Three bags full…
Baa, baa, white sheep,
have you any wool?
yes sir, yes sir,
three needles full.

11. The Nursery Rhyme Song: Rock-a-bye baby

What it is: Based on the satirical English ballad Lillibullero, the melody of Rock-a-bye baby can calm even the most energetic little ones and can serve as a lovely lullaby.

Listen to it here: youtube.com/watch?v=xRWhZBskkDs

Lyrics:

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.

Baby is drowsing,
Cosy and fair.
Mother sits near,
In her rocking chair.
Forward and back,
The cradle she swings,
And though baby sleeps,
He hears what she sings.

12. The Nursery Rhyme Song: Did You Ever See a Bunny

What it is: Sung to the melody of Did You Ever See a Lassie, this rhyme is short and sweet. Make sure to be hopping while singing and strengthen those gross motor skills!

Listen to it here: youtube.com/watch?v=-IGCxtC9BgE

Lyrics:

Did you ever see a bunny, bunny, a bunny,
Did you ever see a bunny that hops — so slow?
He hops, and hops, and hops, and hops,
Did you ever see a bunny, that hops so slow?

13. The Nursery Rhyme Song: A Sailor Went to Sea Sea Sea

What it is: The repetitiveness of the lyrics and a fun, clapping dance turn this catchy tune into a long lasting entertainment!

Listen to it here: youtube.com/watch?v=28uNq8XQPK8

Lyrics:

A sailor went to sea, sea, sea,
To see what he could see, see, see.
But all that he could see, see, see
Was the bottom of the deep blue sea, sea, sea.
A sailor went to chop, chop, chop,
To see what he could chop, chop, chop.
But all that he could chop, chop, chop
Was the bottom of the deep blue chop, chop, chop.
Sea, sea, sea.

A sailor went to knee, knee, knee,
To see what he could knee, knee, knee,
But all that he could knee, knee, knee,
Was the bottom of the deep blue knee, knee, knee.
Chop, chop, chop.
Sea, sea, sea.

A sailor went to snap, snap, snap,
To see what he could snap, snap, snap.
But all that he could snap, snap, snap
Was the bottom of the deep blue snap, snap, snap.
Knee, knee, knee.
chop, chop, chop.
Sea, sea, sea.

A sailor went to jump, jump, jump,
To see what he could jump, jump, jump.
But all that he could jump, jump, jump
Was the bottom of the deep blue jump, jump, jump.
Snap, snap, snap.
Knee, knee, knee.
chop, chop, chop.
Sea, sea, sea.

14. The Nursery Rhyme Song: Horsey, Horsey

What it is: Planning a carriage ride anytime soon? Written as a comedy song in 1937, the joyful Horsey Horsey has a great hook to it.

Listen to it here: youtube.com/watch?v=HbQf4JUTahY

Lyrics:

Horsey, horsey don’t you stop,
Just let your feet go clippety clop,
Your tail goes swish and the wheels go round,
Giddy up we’re homeward bound.

Steady Neddy off you trot,
Just let your feet go clippety clop,
Your tail goes swish and the wheels go round,
Giddy up we’re off to town.

Horsey, horsey don’t you stop,
Just let your feet go clippety clop,
Your tail goes swish and the wheels go round,
Giddy up we’re homeward bound.

15. The Nursery Rhyme Song: Five Little Monkeys

What it is: Introduce simple counting with these five naughty monkeys that just can’t stop jumping on the bed and falling off it! Gotta love these educational nursery rhyme songs!

Listen to it here: youtube.com/watch?v=ZhODBFQ2-bQ

Lyrics:

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

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