10 children nursery rhymes to read together with your kids

Bond over reading and singing with these children nursery rhymes

By Rebecca jones
10 children nursery rhymes to read together with your kids

The minute I became a mom, I was trying so hard to spend time with him and hold on to every little memory and time I had with him. When it was time to go back to work, I was pretty devastated. I didn't know if I could cope with being away from him nor leaving him alone with a nanny or relatives.

Every parent's dream is to see their child healthy and happy, introducing and initiating activities and play time that is beneficial and educative to the overall mental and physical development of your child. In order to do so, I came up with the term "baby and me time". What we do basically around this time is to sing, jump, clap and roll over on the floor or cushion in his playroom.

My son loves to hear new sounds, rhythmic songs and the tune of a musical instrument like piano, guitar and so on. So we sing nursery rhymes, his cartoon theme songs and mimic his cartoon characters, all this are fun and educative ways to build your child's vocabulary. And if your child is in preschool or nursery, there are a lot of fun and educative nursery rhymes that are great for their age.

We equally have a ton of nursery rhymes that are our favorites, and we will gladly love to share with you below:

Popular children nursery rhymes

The great thing about nursery rhymes is it's timeless and classic nature. These rhymes have been around for a very long time, sometimes even longer than the grandparents age. This songs and rhymes are entertaining and music to your kid's ear. They have a way of grabbing your kids attention in a positive way, teaching them new words, sounds, dance and developing motor skills like clapping and making shapes with their fingers.

The following are a list of some of our favorite nursery rhymes:

1. Row Row Row Your Boat

Row, row, row, your boat gentle down the stream,
merrily merrily, merrily, merrily,
life is but a dream.

Row, row, row, your boat gentle down the stream,
if you see a crocodile don’t forget to scream!

Row, row, row, your boat gentle down the river,
if you see a polar bear don’t forget to shiver!

Row, row, row, your boat gentle down the creak,
if you see a little mouse don’t forget to squeak!

Row row row your boat gentle to the shore,
if you see a lion don’t forget to roar!

Rock, rock, rock, your boat gentle to and fro,
merrily merrily merrily merrily into the water you go!

My son finds this particular rhyme funny, immediately I say row row row your boat he giggles and laugh hard, I believe the row row sound is what is interesting to him. 

2. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle twinkle little star,
how I wonder where you are?
Up above the world so high
like a diamond in the sky,
twinkle twinkle little star
how I wonder where you are?

3. Old MacDonald Had A Farm

Old MacDonald had a farm eye eye io,
and on that farm,
he had a cow
eye eye io,
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 eye eye io!

This song teaches your child the sound a cow makes and that the farm is where you find interesting animals.

4. Inchy Wincy Spider

Incy wincy spider climbed up the water spout,
down came the rain and washed the spider out,
out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain
and incy wincy spider climbed up the spout again!

5. One Two Three Four Five

One two three four five
once I caught a fish alive,
six seven eight nine ten
then I let him go again!

Why did you let him go?
Because he bit my finger so!
Which finger did he bite?
This little finger on my right!

This rhyme will help your child with their numbers, it is an incredible way of having fun and learning numbers all at the same time. Your child won't even realize he is learning because of the easy and simple nature of the rhyme.

All these rhymes am sure brought back a lot of memories for you as a kid, well if that's the case, then its time for your child to share the memories with you by singing you're favorite classical rhymes.

Classic children nursery rhymes

6. Wheels On The Bus

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 day long!

The children on the bus go up and down…

The doors on the bus go open and shut…

The wipers on the bus go swish swish swish

7. Alphabet Song

A B C D E F G
H I J K L M N O P
Q R S T U V
W X Y and Z

Now I know my ABCs
Next time won’t you sing with me

The alphabet song is classic, it teaches your preschooler his or her alphabets like magic. Watch your child enjoy and have fun with this particular rhyme.

8. Bingo

There was a farmer who had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-O.
B-I-N-G-O!
B-I-N-G-O!
B-I-N-G-O!
And Bingo was his name-O!

There was a farmer who had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-O.
(Clap)-I-N-G-O!
(Clap)-I-N-G-O!
(Clap)-I-N-G-O!
And Bingo was his name-O!

There was a farmer who had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-O!
(Clap – Clap)-N-G-O!
(Clap – Clap)-N-G-O!
(Clap – Clap)-N-G-O!
And Bingo was his name-O!

There was a farmer who had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-O.
(Clap – Clap – Clap)-G-O!
(Clap – Clap – Clap)-G-O!
(Clap – Clap – Clap)-G-O!
And Bingo was his name-O!

There was a farmer who had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-O.
(Clap – Clap – Clap – Clap)-O!
(Clap – Clap – Clap – Clap)-O!
(Clap – Clap – Clap – Clap)-O!
And Bingo was his name-O!

There was a farmer who had a dog,
And Bingo was his name-O.
(Clap – Clap – Clap – Clap – Clap)
(Clap – Clap – Clap – Clap – Clap)
(Clap – Clap – Clap – Clap – Clap)
And Bingo was his name-O!

9. Baa, Baa Black Sheep

Baa, baa 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.

10. Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes,

Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.
Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.
And eyes, and ears, and mouth, and nose.
Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.

My son is always excited to sing the head shoulder knees and toes rhyme. He watches me touches every part mentioned in the rhyme, and whenever he joins me during me exercise session, I normally sing this rhyme with him to get him moving and exercising without him overexerting and doing much. 

Funny children nursery rhymes

There are a lot of nursery rhymes that are not only cute but funny as well. It helps to entertain and teach your baby some basic skills clapping, jumping, singing and dancing. below are some of our favorites;

Children nursery rhymes with songs lyrics that can be sung along

These are nursery rhymes videos with song lyrics so that your child can sing along with the video!

Nursery Rhymes Songs and lullabies to sleep

How about night time when you need to tuck your child to sleep? It is probably better slow things down so that settling to bed is easy. Listening to familiar nursery rhyme tunes with gentle piano, musical box, rain sound that will make your child fall asleep faster and here are the few videos which will help: 

Conclusion

As soon as your child starts showing interest in his cartoon rhymes or music sounds, then it's probably the right time to start exploring on those beautiful nursery rhymes. kids are naturally attracted to sound and the beats of any form of music. nursery rhymes are created so as to stimulate your child's ability to listen, and to also move his or her hands and body around. singing a nursery rhyme with your kid is an awesome way to create good memories and bond.

As a working mom, any opportunity I get with my baby is priceless. it's important to always encourage and teach kids to explore and try new things, especially things that are going to be beneficial to them in the long run. Always start with the small and short rhymes, as they advance, you can move on to much more advanced and long rhymes. 

Also, retire to sleep with the gentle soothing nursery rhymes and lullabies for your child and yourself! 

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