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Lyrics to Nursery Rhymes: The Most Traditional and Favorite Rhymes for Kids

Some Nursery Rhymes can be traced back to the 16th Century, and over half of the traditional rhymes we know today were taught to children by the mid 18th Century. It is believed that some Rhymes reflects various events in history, such as Ring-a-Ring o' Roses representing the deaths from The Great Plague in 1665. Although, there is no evidence to support this.

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Research however, supports the assertion that music & rhyme aid in childrens development, increasing their "spatial reasoning", leading to improved skills in mathematics and science.


Research aside, reciting rhymes with your kids is fun, and it can easily lead to other activities, games or crafts.

If you have forgotten some of the words, here are the most popular and traditional Nursery Rhyme lyrics.


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1, 2, 3, 4, 5
1, 2, Buckle My Shoe
3 Blind Mice
A Tisket A Tasket
An Apple a Day
Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
Deep Blue Sea
Early To Bed
Eeny Meeny Miny Mo
Five Fluffy Little Robins
Five Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed
Georgie Porgie
Go To Bed
Goodnight, Sleep Tight
Hey, Diddle, Diddle
Hickety, Pickety
Hickory, Dickory, Dock
Hickory, Dickory, Dock
Higglety, Pigglety, Pop
Humpty Dumpty
If All The World Was Apple Pie
I'm a Dingly Dangly Scarecrow
I'm a Little Teapot
Incy Wincy Spider
Jack and Jill
Jack Be Nimble
Little Boy Blue
Little Miss Muffet
Mary Had a Little Lamb
Mary, Mary Quite Contrary
Miss Polly Had A Dolly
Pat-A-Cake
Pease Porridge Hot
Polly Put The Kettle On
Pussycat, Pussycat
Rain, Rain, Go Away
Rock-a-Bye Baby
Sand Pies
Sing a Song of Sixpence
Star Wish
Sticks And Stones
Ten In The Bed
This Is The House That Jack Built
This Little Piggy
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Two Little Black Birds
Two Little Dicky Birds
Two Little Hands Go Clap, Clap, Clap
Wee Willie Winkie
What Are Little Boys Made Of?



1, 2, 3, 4, 5

1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Once I caught a fish alive,
6, 7, 8, 9, 10,
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 the right.

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1, 2, Buckle My Shoe

1, 2, Buckle my shoe.
3, 4 Shut the door.
5, 6 Pick up sticks.
7, 8 Lay them straight.
9, 10 A big fat hen!

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3 Blind Mice

3 Blind mice,
3 Blind mice,
See how they run!
See how they run!
They all ran after the farmer's wife,
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife.
Did you ever see such a thing in your life,
As 3 blind mice?

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A Tisket A Tasket

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

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An Apple a Day

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Apple in the morning - Doctor's warning.
Roast apple at night - starves the doctor outright.
Eat an apple going to bed - knock the doctor on the head.
Three each day, seven days a week - ruddy apple, ruddy cheeks.

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Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

Baa, ba,a black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir,
Three bags full.
One for my master,
And one for my dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.

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Deep Blue Sea

Down at the bottom,
Of the deep blue sea.
I catch fishes,
One, Two, Three.

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Early To Bed

Early to bed,
Early to rise.
Makes little Johnny,
Wealthy and Wise.

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Eeny Meeny Miny Mo

(There are many version to this rhyme.)
Eeny, meeny, miny, mo,
Catch a tiger by the toe.
If he hollers let him go,
Eeny, meeny, miny, mo! (you're it)

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Five Fluffy Little Robins

Five Fluffy Little Robins,
Looked up at the sky.
It was time to leave the nest,
And find out how to fly.

Four flitter-fluttered off,
But one was full of fear.
He said, "It's far too high,
I think I'll stay right here!"

"Come on!", said the others,
Flying freely in the sun.
So their little brother tried it
And found that it was fun.

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Five Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed,
One fell off and bumped his head.
Mummy 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.
Mummy 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.
Mummy 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.
Mummy called the doctor and the doctor said,
"No more monkeys 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 monkeys jumping on the bed!"

No little monkeys jumping on the bed,
None fell off and bumped their head.
Mummy called the doctor and the doctor said,
"That's what you get for jumping on the bed!"

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Georgie Porgie

Georgie Porgie, pudding and pie,
Kissed the girls and made them cry.
When the boys came out to play,
Georgie Porgie ran away.

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Go To Bed

Go to bed late,
Stay very small.
Go to bed early,
Grow very tall.

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Goodnight, Sleep Tight

Goodnight, sleep tight.
Wake up bright
In the morning light,
To do what's right
With all your might.

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Hey, Diddle, Diddle

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

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Hickety, Pickety

Hickety pickety,my black hen,
She lays eggs for gentlemen.
Gentlemen come every day,
To see what my black hen does lay,
Sometimes nine and sometimes ten.
Hickety pickety, my black hen.

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Hickory, Dickory, Dock

Hickory, dickory, dock.
The mouse ran up the clock,
The clock struck one,
The mouse ran down,
Hickory, dickory, dock.

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Higglety, Pigglety, Pop

Higglety, pigglety, pop!
The dog has eaten the mop;
The pig's in a hurry,
The cat's in a flurry,
Higglety, pigglety, pop!

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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.

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If All The World Was Apple Pie

If all the world was apple pie,
And all the sea was ink.
And all the trees were bread and cheese,
What should we have to drink?

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I'm a Dingly Dangly Scarecrow

I'm a Dingly Dangly Scarecrow,
With a flippy floppy hat.
I can shake my hands like this,
I can shake my feet like that.

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I'm a Little Teapot

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 over
and pour me out!"

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Incy Wincy Spider

(Or Itsy Bitsy Spider)
Incy wincy spider,
Climbed up the water spout.
Down came the rain,
And washed poor Incy out.

Out came the sunshine,
And dried up all the rain,
And Incy wincy spider,
Climbed up the spout again.

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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 down he trot
As fast as he could caper;
And went to bed to mend his head
With vinegar and brown paper.

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Jack Be Nimble

Jack, be nimble,
Jack, be quick,
Jack, jump over
The candlestick!

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Little Boy Blue

Little Boy Blue,
Come blow your horn,
The sheep's in the meadow,
The cow's in the corn.

Where is the boy
Who looks after the sheep?
He's under the haystack,
Fast asleep.

Will you wake him?
No, not I,
For if I do,
He's sure to cry!

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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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Mary Had a Little Lamb

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

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 school.

And so the teacher turned it out,
Turned it out, turned it out,
And so the teacher turned it out,
But still it lingered near.

And waited patiently about,
Patiently about, patiently about,
And waited patiently about,
Till Mary did appear.

"Why does the lamb love Mary so?"
Love Mary so? Love Mary so?
"Why does the lamb love Mary so?"
The eager children cry.

"Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know."
Loves the lamb, you know, loves the lamb, you know
"Why, Mary loves the lamb, you know."
The teacher did reply.

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Mary, Mary Quite Contrary

Mary, Mary quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells,
And pretty maids all in a row.

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Miss Polly Had A Dolly

Miss Polly had a dolly who was sick, sick, sick.
So she called for the doctor to come quick, quick, quick.
The doctor came with his bag and hat,
And knocked on the door with a rat, tat, tat.

He looked at the dolly and shook his head,
And he said "Miss Polly, put her straight to bed."
He wrote on a pad for a pill, pill, pill.
"I'll be back in the morning with my bill, bill, bill."

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Pat-A-Cake

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man,
Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Pat it and prick it and mark it with "Child's Initial".
Put it in the oven for "Child's Initial" and me.

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Pease Porridge Hot

Pease porridge hot,
Pease porridge cold,
Pease porridge in a pot,
Nine days old.

Some like it hot,
Some like it cold,
Some like it in a pot,
Nine days old.

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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.

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Pussycat, Pussycat

Pussycat, pussycat, where have you been?
I've been to London to visit the Queen.
Pussycat, pussycat, what did you there?
I frightened a little mouse under her chair.

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Rain, Rain, Go Away

Rain, rain, go away,
Come again another day.
Little "Child's Name" wants to play!

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Rock-a-Bye Baby

Rock-a-bye baby, on the tree top,
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock;
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall,
And down will come baby, cradle and all.

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Sand Pies

Hot sand pies to sell,
Hot sand pies to sell,
Pat them down tightly,
And turn them out well!

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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.
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 parlor,
Eating bread and honey.

The maid was in the garden,
Hanging out the clothes,
When down came a blackbird,
And pecked off her nose!

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Star Wish

Star light, star bright,
First star I see tonight,
I wish I may, I wish I might,
Have the wish I wish tonight.

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Sticks And Stones

Sticks and stones,
Will break my bones,
But names will never hurt me!

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Ten In The Bed

There were ten in the bed and the little one said,
"Roll over! Roll over!"
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

There were nine in the bed and the little one said,
"Roll over! Roll over!"
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

There were eight in the bed and the little one said,
"Roll over! Roll over!"
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

There were seven in the bed and the little one said,
"Roll over! Roll over!"
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

There were six in the bed and the little one said,
"Roll over! Roll over!"
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

There were five in the bed and the little one said,
"Roll over! Roll over!"
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

There were four in the bed and the little one said,
"Roll over! Roll over!"
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

There were three in the bed and the little one said,
"Roll over! Roll over!"
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

There were two in the bed and the little one said,
"Roll over! Roll over!"
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

There was one in the bed and the little one said,
"Roll over! Roll over!"
So they rolled over and the one fell out.

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This Is The House That Jack Built

This is the house that Jack built!
This is the malt that lay in the house that Jack built.
This is the rat that ate the malt,
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the cat that killed the rat,
That ate the malt that lay in the house that Jack built.
This is the dog that worried the cat,
That killed the rat that ate the malt,
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the cow with the crumpled horn,
That tossed the dog that worried the cat,
That killed the rat that ate the malt,
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the maiden all forlorn,
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn,
That tossed the dog that worried the cat,
That killed the rat that ate the malt,
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the man all tattered and torn,
That kissed the maiden all forlorn,
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn,
That tossed the dog that worried the cat,
That killed the rat that ate the malt,
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the priest all shaven and shorn,
That married the man all tattered and torn,
That kissed the maiden all forlorn,
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn,
That tossed the dog that worried the cat,
That killed the rat that ate the malt,
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the cock that crowed in the morn,
That waked the priest all shaven and shorn,
That married the man all tattered and torn,
That kissed the maiden all forlorn,
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn,
That tossed the dog that worried the cat,
That killed the rat that ate the malt,
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the farmer sowing his corn,
That kept the cock that crowed in the morn,
That waked the priest all shaven and shorn,
That married the man all tattered and torn,
That kissed the maiden all forlorn,
That milked the cow with the crumpled horn,
That tossed the dog that worried the cat,
That killed the rat that ate the malt,
That lay in the house that Jack built!

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This Little Piggy

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 cried,
'Wee-wee-wee', all the way home!

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

(Short Version)
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!

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Two Little Dicky Birds

Two little dicky birds
Sitting on a wall;
One named Peter,
One named Paul.

Fly away, Peter!
Fly away, Paul!
Come back, Peter.
Come back, Paul.

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Two Little Hands Go Clap, Clap, Clap

Two little hands go clap, clap, clap,
Two little feet go tap, tap, tap,
Two little eyes are open wide,
One little head goes side to side.

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Wee Willie Winkie

Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town,
Upstairs and downstairs in his nightgown.
Rapping at the windows, crying through the locks,
"Are all the children in their beds,
It's now eight o'clock!"

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What Are Little Boys Made Of?

What are little boys made of, made of?
What are little boys made of?
"Frogs and snails and puppy dogs' tails,
That's what little boys are made of."

What are little girls made of, made of?
What are little girls made of?
"Sugar and spice and all things nice,
That's what little girls are made of."

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