If you’re looking for a fun way to support early language skills, these nursery rhymes for kids are an absolute must! 

Whether you chose a traditional English nursery rhyme or a simple alphabet song, the benefits of nursery rhymes are proven to strengthen a child’s overall development. 

In fact, children who are frequently read and sang to early on, are much more likely to develop strong reading skills and language development. 

After using poems to teach kids how to read for decades, I have found nursery rhymes and action rhymes to be the most effective tool to build a strong foundation. 

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If you’re familiar with Little Learning Corner, you already know my love for nursery rhyme songs when supporting a child’s early development.  

Knowing you are here to help the kids, I’m so excited to share this list of the nursery rhymes for kids with you. 

With these famous nursery rhymes, your kids will build vocabulary, fluency, expressive and receptive language, rhyming skills, and expand the kids’ imagination.

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Best Nursery Rhymes Lyrics and Activities

In this collection, I will share the best nursery rhymes for kids, including the lyrics and suggested activities.

1. A Tisket, A Tasket Lyrics

A Tisket, a tasket, a green and yellow basket.

I wrote a letter to my friend, and on the way I dropped it. 

I dropped it, I dropped it, 

and on the way I dropped it.

The little boy, he picked it up,

and put it in his pocket. 

Printable nursery rhymes page poster for kids

πŸ‘‰ A Tisket, A Tasket Bundled Activities 

2. Baa, Baa, Black Sheep Lyrics

Baa, baa, black sheep

Have you any wool?

Yes sir, yes sir

Three bags full.

One for my master

And one for the dame

One for the little boy

Who lives down the lane. 

Printable nursery rhymes page poster for kids

πŸ‘‰ Baa, Baa, Black Sheep Activities

πŸ‘‰ Color a sheep template black, then use cotton balls to incorporate a sensory craft

πŸ‘‰ Estimate how many cotton balls it will take to fill three lunch bags

3. Hey Diddle Diddle Lyrics

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. 

Hey Diddle Diddle nursery rhymes songs and lyrics for kids. Printable posters


πŸ‘‰ Hey Diddle, Diddle Bundled Activities

πŸ‘‰ Introduce a fiddle, and let the kids have turns acting out the cat’s role.

πŸ‘‰ Paint a picture of a cow jumping over the moon.

πŸ‘‰ Hey Diddle Diddle Craft

4. Hickory Dickory Dock Lyrics

Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the clock.

The clock struck one, the mouse ran down.

Hickory dickory dock.

Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the clock.

The clock struck two, the mouse said β€œBOO!”

Hickory dickory dock.

Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the clock.

The clock struck three, the mouse said β€œWHEE!”

Hickory dickory dock.

Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the clock.

The clock struck four, the mouse said β€œNo more!”

Hickory dickory dock.

Hickory dickory dock nursery rhymes
Get these printable nursery rhymes HERE

πŸ‘‰ Hickory Dickory Dock Craft

πŸ‘‰ Use with a Teaching Time kit to integrate lessons about clocks and time.

πŸ‘‰ Talk about and act out position words: up, down, etc.

πŸ‘‰ Hickory Dickory Dock Build a Poem

πŸ‘‰ Cut and Paste Sequencing Cards

πŸ‘‰ Color by Code Hickory Dickory Printable Coloring Pages

5. Humpty Dumpty Lyrics

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. 

Humpty Dumpty nursery rhymes
Get the printable nursery rhymes HERE

πŸ‘‰ Humpty Dumpty Bundled Activities

πŸ‘‰ Humpty Dumpty Craft

  

6. I’m a Little Teapot Lyrics

I’m a little teapot short and stout.

Here is my handle, here is my spout.

When I get all steamed up, hear my shout.

Just tip me over, and pour me out!

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Get the printable nursery rhymes HERE

I’m a Little Teapot Activities:

πŸ‘‰ Have a tea party using a kids Tea set

πŸ‘‰ Integrate lessons on measurement. Compare compacity and weight of a teapot verves a teacup

πŸ‘‰ Let the kids use hand motions and body movements to retell the poem.

πŸ‘‰ Have the kids draw what they think a teapot looks like. 

πŸ‘‰ Do a “Favorite tea” graph following a tea sampling afternoon. 

7. It’s Raining, It’s Pouring Lyrics

It’s raining, it’s pouring.

The old man is snoring.

Went to bed, and bumped his head

and couldn’t get up in the morning.

Printable nursery rhymes page poster for kids
Get the printable nursery rhymes HERE

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring Activities:

πŸ‘‰ Act out the poem (the kids love being the old man who snores

πŸ‘‰ Integrate a lesson on weather 

πŸ‘‰ It’s Raining, It’s Pouring Build a Poem

πŸ‘‰ Cut and Paste Sequencing Cards

πŸ‘‰ It’s Raining Write the Room

πŸ‘‰ It’s Raining, It’s Pouring Craft

8. Itsy Bitsy Spider Lyrics

The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout.

Down came the rain, and washed the spider out.

Out came the sun, and dried up all the rain.

And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again.

Itsy Bitsy Spider printable nursery rhymes page poster for kids
Get the printable nursery rhymes HERE

πŸ‘‰ Itsy Bitsy Spider Bundled Activities:

πŸ‘‰ Integrate Spider Facts for Kids sentence building activities.

πŸ‘‰ Use hand movements to reinforce the poem or song.

πŸ‘‰ Itsy Bitsy Spider Craft

9. Jack and Jill Lyrics

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.

Printable nursery rhymes page poster for kids
Get the printable nursery rhymes HERE

πŸ‘‰ Jack and Jill Bundled Activities:

πŸ‘‰ Get a class set of plastic pails, and let the kids act out this popular nursery rhyme for kids.

πŸ‘‰ Jack and Jill Craft

 10. Jack Be Nimble Lyrics

Jack be nimble, Jack be quick.

Jack jump over the candlestick.

Jack jumped high. Jack jumped low. 

Jack jumped over, and burned his toe! 

Jack be nimble nursery rhymes for kids
Get the printable nursery rhymes HERE

Jack Be Nimble (Nursery Rhyme for Kids) Suggested Activities:

πŸ‘‰ Get a cheap candlestick mold and candle making kit to make candles with your kids. (This is great to do with a parent volunteer)

πŸ‘‰ Let the kids practice jumping over a candlestick while reciting the nursery rhymes for kids.

πŸ‘‰ Jack Be Nimble Build a Poem – replace the Jack card with the students names to personalize this fun nursery rhyme for kids (see video above)

11. Little Bo Peep Lyrics

This traditional nursery rhyme is one I like to include in my farm themed lesson plans. For example, the introduction of sheep allows for the talk of other farm animals.

It’s great a bridge into more mother goose nursery rhymes naturally occurs.

For example, you can then teach more English nursery rhymes such as “This Little Piggy”, “Five Little Ducks”, “Three Little Pigs”, “Five Little Speckled Frogs”, “Old MacDonald”, and more popular rhymes.

Little Bo Peep lost her sheep,

and doesn’t know where to find them.

Leave them alone, and they’ll come home,

bringing their tails behind them.

Little Bo Peep Nursery rhymes for kids
Get the printable nursery rhymes HERE

Little Bo Peep Suggested Activities:

πŸ‘‰ Grab this set of 3 Sheep stuffed animals to let the kids act out the nursery rhyme for preschool, kindergarten, or first grade.

πŸ‘‰ Little Bo Peep Build a Poem

πŸ‘‰ Integrate fun Farm Crafts for Kids

12. Little Boy Blue Lyrics

Little Boy Blue come blow your horn.

The sheep’s in the meadow, the cow’s in the corn.

But where’s the boy who looks after the sheep?

He’s under a haystack fast asleep.

Will you wake him? No – not I.

For if I do, he’s sure to cry.

Little Boy Blue Nursery rhymes for kids
Get the printable nursery rhymes HERE

Little Boy Blue Activities:

πŸ‘‰ This a great nursery rhyme for kids to incorporate your favorite farm animal lessons.

πŸ‘‰ Set up a farm pretend area 

13. Little Miss Muffet Lyrics

Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet,

eating her curdy and whey.

Along came a spider who sat down beside her,

and frightened Miss Muffet away.

Little Miss Muffet nursery rhymes for kids
Get the printable nursery rhymes HERE

Little Miss Muffet Activities:

πŸ‘‰ Do a nursery rhyme for kids comparison with Little Miss Muffet and Itsy Bitsy Spider

πŸ‘‰ Swap out frightened for another word to describe emotions and act them all out.

πŸ‘‰Little Miss Muffet Build a Poem

πŸ‘‰ Cut and Paste Sequencing Cards

πŸ‘‰ Little Miss Muffet Write the Room

πŸ‘‰ Following Directions Coloring Pages

πŸ‘‰ Little Miss Muffet Craft

14. Mary Had a Little Lamb Lyrics

Mary had a little lamb,

it’s fleece was white as snow.

And everywhere that Mary went,

the lamb was sure to go.

It followed her to school one day

and broke the teacher’s rule

And what a time did they have

that day at school.

Printable nursery rhymes page poster for kids
Get the printable nursery rhymes HERE

πŸ‘‰ Mary Had a Little Lamb Bundled Activities:

πŸ‘‰ Swap out the name “Mary” for the kids’ names. It’s a great way to personalize nursery rhymes for preschoolers.

πŸ‘‰ Send home a little lamb stuffed animal with the kids and have them recite the poem to their family. Rotate through all of the kids.

15. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe Lyrics

One, two, buckle my shoe.

Three, four, shut the door.

Five, six, pick up sticks.

Seven, eight, lay them straight.

Nine, ten, a big fat hen. 

Printable nursery rhyme posters and lyrics for kids.
Get the printable nursery rhymes HERE

πŸ‘‰ One Two Buckle My Shoe Bundled Activities:

πŸ‘‰ Work on number word recognition – highlighting the number words in the printable poem

πŸ‘‰ One Two Buckle My Shoe Craft

16. Polly Put the Kettle On Lyrics

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.

Get the printable nursery rhymes HERE

Polly Put the Kettle On Suggested Activities:

πŸ‘‰ Do a compare and contrast with “I’m a Little Teapot”

πŸ‘‰ Set up a kitchen area with a toy kettle

πŸ‘‰ Let the kids role play as Polly and Sukey

πŸ‘‰ Polly Put the Kettle On Build a Poem

17. Rain, Rain Go Away Lyrics

Rain, rain, go away.

Come again another day.

Little Johnny wants to play.

Rain Rain Go Away Activities:

πŸ‘‰ Integrate with your lessons about weather.

πŸ‘‰ Replace “Johnny” with your kid’s name.

πŸ‘‰ Rain Rain Go Away Build a Poem

πŸ‘‰ Come up with a list of activities to do on a rainy day

18. Row, Row, Row your Boat Lyrics

Row, row, row your boat

gently down the stream. 

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,

life if but a dream.

Printable nursery rhymes page poster for kids

Row, Row, Row Your Boat Suggested Activities:

πŸ‘‰ Sink or float activities

πŸ‘‰ Sort, compare, and contrast small toy boats

πŸ‘‰ Row Row Row Your Boat Build a Poem

19. Star Light, Star Bright Lyrics

Star light, star bright,

First star I see tonight;

I wish I may, I wish I might,

Have the wish I wish tonight.

Star light, Star Bright Nursery Rhymes for Kids

Star Light, Star Bright Suggested Activities:

πŸ‘‰ Get a telescope for kids and let them look at the stars

πŸ‘‰ Integrate this nursery rhyme for kids with your lessons about shapes. Making Words Shapes and Write the Room Shapes are two popular activities.

πŸ‘‰ Star Light Star Bright Build a Poem

 

20. The Wheels on the Bus Lyrics

The wheels on the bus go round and round,

round and round, round and round.

The wheels on the bus go round and round

all through the town.  

The wheels on the Bus printable nursery rhymes page poster for kids

The Wheels on the Bus Suggested Activities:

πŸ‘‰ Sing with hand motions

πŸ‘‰ Each kid and be a part of, or people on, the bus (wheels, wipers, babies, mommy, etc) and act out their part.

πŸ‘‰ The Wheels on the Bus poetry packet

πŸ‘‰ Wheels on the Bus Craft

Some may debate that The Wheels on the Bus is an American Folk song, while others claim it to be a classic Mother Goose song for kids. 

Either way, it was published in 1939, and remains a popular song for kids of all ages.

This nursery rhyme for kids has variations, changing “wheels” to wipers, kids, babies, bus driver, mommies, daddies, and horn – to name a few. 

Each variation has a different hand motion or sound effect, making this a very engaging and interactive song for kids.

21. There Was An Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe Lyrics

This fun, classic nursery rhyme, inspires young children to use their imagination. The kids say this is a funny nursery rhyme because how can an old lady actually live in a shoe.

They ask questions such as “how many little boys live in the shoe?”, and “Is there a little girl?”

While you may want to work on more thorough reading comprehension questions, and focus on learning new words, this is a fun poem for kids of all ages.

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe.

She had so many children, she didn’t know what to do. 

She gave them some broth without any bread.

Then, whipped them all soundly, and put them to bed. 

There Was An Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe Nursery Rhymes for Kids

πŸ‘‰ There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe Activities

22. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Lyrics

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.  

twinkle twinkle little star nursery rhyme. Printable nursery rhyme pages posters for kids

πŸ‘‰ Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Printable Activities

πŸ‘‰ Twinkle Twinkle Craft

23. Wee Willie Winkle

 Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town,

Upstairs and downstairs, in his nightgown;

Rapping at the window, crying through the lock,

β€œAre the children in their beds?

Now it’s eight o’clock.

Wee Willie Winkie nursery rhymes for kids

Wee Willie Winkie Activities

πŸ‘‰ Have a pajama day with the kids.

πŸ‘‰ Cut and Paste Sequencing Cards

πŸ‘‰ Integrate learning to tell time.

πŸ‘‰ Have the kids graph when their nap time is.

πŸ‘‰ Wee Willie Winkie Build a Poem

24. A Wise Old Owl Lyrics

A wise old owl sat in an oak.

The more he heard,

the less he spoke.

The less he spoke,

the more he heard. 

Why aren’t we all like

that wise old bird? 

A Wise Old Owl Nursery Rhymes for kids

A Wise Old Owl Suggested Activities

πŸ‘‰ A Wise Old Owl Build A Poem

πŸ‘‰ Make a cute set of Owl Eyes as a STEM project

πŸ‘‰ Foam Owl Art Crafts

25. Hot Cross Buns Lyrics

Hot cross buns,

Hot cross buns,

One a penny, two a penny,

Hot cross buns

If your daughters

Don’t like them,

Give them to your sons.

Hot cross buns.

Hot cross buns printable nursery rhymes songs and posters for kids

Hot Cross Buns Suggested Activities

πŸ‘‰ Hot cross bun taste testing and graph

πŸ‘‰ Make fresh buns with the kids.

πŸ‘‰ Play a money game from Learning Resources

πŸ‘‰ Hot Cross Buns Build a Poem

26. One, Two, Three, Four, Five (Once I caught a fish alive) Lyrics

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 he bit my finger so.

Which finger did he bite?

This little finger on the right. 

Printable nursery rhymes page poster for kids

One, Two, Three, Four, Five  Activities | Nursery Rhymes for Kids

πŸ‘‰ Go fishing for sight words! Put a small magnetic dot on the back of sight word cards, attach a paper clip to a string on the end of dow rod, and fish for sight words.

πŸ‘‰ One, Two, Three, Four, Five Build a Poem

πŸ‘‰ Learn fun fish facts for kids

27. Little Jack Horner Lyrics

Little Jack Horner

sat in a corner

eating a Christmas pie.

He put in his thumb

and pulled out a plumb

and said, “What a good boy and I?”

Little Jack Horner Nursery rhymes for kids

Little Jack Horner Suggested Activities

πŸ‘‰ Pie tasting and graphing your favorite pie

πŸ‘‰ Plumb tasting

πŸ‘‰ Little Jack Horner Build a Poem

28. Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary Lyrics

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,

How does your garden grow?

With silver bells

and cockle shells,

and pretty maids all in a row. 

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary Activities

πŸ‘‰ Kids Plant and Flower Growing Kit

πŸ‘‰ Make paper flower patterns

πŸ‘‰ Intro to flower facts for kids

πŸ‘‰ Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary Build a Poem

πŸ‘‰ Learn these flower poems for kids

29. Old Mother Hubbard Lyrics

Old Mother Hubbard

went to the cupboard

to get her poor dog a bone.

But when she got there,

the cupboards were bare,

so the poor dog had none.

Old Mother Hubbard Nursery Rhymes for kids

Old Mother Hubbard Suggested Activities

πŸ‘‰ Fun printable and digital pet activities

πŸ‘‰ Sew your own pet craft for kids

πŸ‘‰ Old Mother Hubbard Build a Poem

30. Pat a Cake Lyrics

Pat a cake, pat a cake bakers man.

Bake me a cake as fast as you can.

Roll it and pat it and mark it with a B.

But it in the oven for baby and me.

Printable nursery rhymes page poster for kids

Pat a Cake Activities

πŸ‘‰ Integrate your lesson about community helpers

πŸ‘‰ Pat a Cake Following Directions coloring pages

πŸ‘‰ Set up a bakery dress-up area with a cake pretend playset.

πŸ‘‰ Cut and paste sequencing cards

πŸ‘‰ This is the perfect song to integrate hand movements and support kinesthetic learners.

πŸ‘‰ Pat a Cake Build a Poem

31. Pease Porridge Hot Lyrics

Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold.

Pease porridge in the pot

nine days old.

Some like it hot, some like it cold,

Some like it in the pot

nine days old.

Pease Porridge Hot Nursery Rhymes for Kids

Pease Porridge Hot Activities

πŸ‘‰ Do a nursery rhyme for kids comparison with Little Miss Muffet, and with the fable, Goldilocks and the Three Bears

πŸ‘‰ Pease Porridge Hot Build a Poem

32. Roses are Red Lyrics

Roses are red.

Violets are blue.

Sugar is sweet 

and so are you. 

Roses are Red nursery rhymes for kids
Get the printable nursery rhymes HERE

It’s the simplest nursery rhymes for kids that often stick out the most!

Roses are Red Suggested Activities

πŸ‘‰ Do a nature walk and collect wild flowers, then sort them by color or type

πŸ‘‰ Plant roses

πŸ‘‰ Roses are Red Build a Poem

33. Three Blind Mice Lyrics

Three blind mice,

three 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 sight in your life,

as three blind mice?

Printable nursery rhymes page poster for kids

Three Blind Mice Suggested Activities

πŸ‘‰ Blindfold three students, and have them run a short distance (if there is an open, safe, area)

πŸ‘‰ Integrate 5 Senses activities

πŸ‘‰Three Blind Mice Build a Poem

34. Three Little Kittens Lyrics

Three little kittens,

they lost their mittens,

and they began to cry.

“Oh, mother dear,”

we sadly fear, 

that we have lost our mittens.

Printable nursery rhymes page poster for kids

Three Little Kittens Suggested Activities

πŸ‘‰ Incorporate a pretend pet area in the classroom to support these traditional rhymes.

πŸ‘‰ Read “The Mitten” by Jan Brett

πŸ‘‰ Do a poem comparison with Three Blind Mice

πŸ‘‰ Three Little Kittens Build a Poem

More Popular Nursery Rhymes

35. London Bridge

London bridge is falling down,

falling down, falling down.

London bridge is falling down,

My fair lady.

36. The Muffin Man

Do you know the Muffin Man

The Muffin Man, the Muffin Man?

Oh, do you know the Muffin Man,

Who Lives on Drury Lane?

37. Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around.

Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground.

Teddy bear, teddy bear, jump up high.

Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the sky.

The best nursery rhymes for kids!

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