Nursery rhymes for kids

Baa Baa Black Sheep

Baa, baa, black sheep,

Have you any wool?

Yes sir, yes sir,

Three bags full;

One for the master,

And one for the dame,

And one for the little boy

Who lives down the lane.


Old MacDonald

Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O

And on his farm he had a cow, E-I-E-I-O

With a "moo-moo" here and a "moo-moo" there

Here a "moo" there a "moo"

Everywhere a "moo-moo"

Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O

Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O

And on his farm he had a pig, E-I-E-I-O

With a (snort) here and a (snort) there

Here a (snort) there a (snort)

Everywhere a (snort)

With a "moo-moo" here and a "moo-moo" there

Here a "moo" there a "moo"

Everywhere a "moo-moo"

Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O

Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O

And on his farm he had a horse, E-I-E-I-O

With a "neigh, neigh" here and a "neigh, neigh" there

Here a "neigh" there a "neigh"

Everywhere a "neigh, neigh"

With a (snort) here and a (snort) there

Here a (snort) there a (snort)

Everywhere a (snort)

With a "moo-moo" here and a "moo-moo" there

Here a "moo" there a "moo"

Everywhere a "moo-moo"

Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O

- and you can add other farm animals!


Pop Goes the Weasel

Round and round the cobbler's bench

The monkey chased the weasel,

The monkey thought 'twas all in fun

Pop! Goes the weasel.

A penny for a spool of thread

A penny for a needle,

That's the way the money goes,

Pop! Goes the weasel.

Half a pound of tupenny rice,

Half a pound of treacle.

Mix it up and make it nice,

Pop! Goes the weasel.

Up and down the London road,

In and out of the Eagle,

That's the way the money goes,

Pop! Goes the weasel.

I've no time to plead and pine,

I've no time to wheedle,

Kiss me quick and then I'm gone

Pop! Goes the weasel.


This Old Man

This old man, he played one

He played knick-knack on my thumb

Knick-knack paddywhack, give your dog a bone

This old man came rolling home

This old man, he played two

He played knick-knack on my shoe

Knick-knack paddywhack, give your dog a bone

This old man came rolling home

This old man, he played three

He played knick-knack on my knee

Knick-knack paddywhack, give your dog a bone

This old man came rolling home

This old man, he played four

He played knick-knack on my door

Knick-knack paddywhack, give your dog a bone

This old man came rolling home

This old man, he played five

He played knick-knack on my hive

Knick-knack paddywhack, give your dog a bone

This old man came rolling home

This old man, he played six

He played knick-knack on my sticks

Knick-knack paddywhack, give your dog a bone

This old man came rolling home

This old man, he played seven

He played knick-knack up in heaven

Knick-knack paddywhack, give your dog a bone

This old man came rolling home

This old man, he played eight

He played knick-knack on my gate

Knick-knack paddywhack, give your dog a bone

This old man came rolling home

This old man, he played nine

He played knick-knack on my spine

Knick-knack paddywhack, give your dog a bone

This old man came rolling home

This old man, he played ten

He played knick-knack once again

Knick-knack paddywhack, give your dog a bone

This old man came rolling home.


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.

Mary had a Little Lamb

Mary had a little lamb

It's fleece was white as snow

And everywhere that Mary went,

The lamb was sure to go.


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!

When the blazing sun is gone,

When he nothing shines upon,

Then you show your little light,

Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,

How I wonder what you are!

Then the traveler in the dark

Thanks you for your tiny spark;

He could not see which way to go,

If you did not twinkle so.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,

How I wonder what you are!


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.

Blow the fire and make the toast,

Put the muffins on to roast,

Blow the fire and make the toast,

We'll all have tea.


Cradle Song -

Thomas Dekker (1570 - 1632)

Golden slumbers kiss your eyes,

Smiles awake you when you rise;

Sleep, pretty wantons, do not cry,

And I will sing you a lullaby,

Rock them, rock them, lullaby,

Care is heavy, therefore sleep you,

You are care, and care must keep you;

Sleep, pretty wantons, do not cry,

And I will sing you a lullaby,

Rock them, rock them, lullaby.


Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory, dickory, dock,

The mouse ran up the clock.

The clock struck one,

The mouse ran down.

Hickory, dickory, dock.


Three Blind Mice

Three blind mice,

See how they run!

They all ran after a farmer's wife,

Who cut off their tails with a carving knife.

Did you ever see such a sight in your life,

As three blind mice?


The next is not exactly a Nursery Rhyme, but it is a jolly good poem for children!


I saw a jolly hunter with a jolly gun

Walking in the country in the jolly sun.

In the jolly meadow sat a jolly hare.

Saw the jolly hunter took jolly care.

Hunter jolly eager - sight of jolly prey

Forgot gun pointing wrong jolly way.

Jolly hunter jolly head over heels gone.

Jolly old safety catch not jolly on.

Bang went the jolly gun. Hunter jolly dead.

Jolly hare got clean away.

Jolly good, I said.


Vocabulary: in the first 7 lines jolly has its normal meaning of "happy and cheerful". After that it changes to mean many different things!



Ice cream!

I Scream, you scream,

we all scream for ICE CREAM


Mondays child.

Mondays child is fair of face,

Tuesdays child is full of grace,

Wednesdays child is full of woe,

Thursdays child has far to go,

Fridays child is loving and giving,

Saturdays child works hard for his living,

And the child that is born on the Sabbath day

Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay*

*gay in this context means "happy" or "carefree"



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