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Nursery Rhymes, Songs, Lyrics and Poems for Children!

Updated on December 1, 2013

Nursery Rhymes, Songs, Lyrics and Poems for Children!

Nursery rhymes, songs and poems have been with us for as long as we can remember! These clever poems and rhymes combine catchy lyrics with fun and vibrant colors in order to provoke the imagination and curiosity long into adulthood.

It has become a rite of passage to teach children nursery rhymes. All over the world can find nursery rhymes, stories and lullabies. One day, I too will teach my daughter some of these lyrics. Having given it so much thought lately, I decided to compile my favorite songs and poems for little children here! Have fun browsing through my collection and perhaps some of these silly rhymes will inspire you to teach them to your children!

PS: The artwork found on this page is my own and a lot of love and time has gone into drawing them. However, you are more than welcome to print them out and use them as references when teaching your children these funny rhymes! Don't forget to have a look at The Minion Factory where you can find more of my art!

Nursery Rhymes, Songs, Lyrics and Poems for Children!
Nursery Rhymes, Songs, Lyrics and Poems for Children!

Three Blind Mice Rhyme Poem

Also known as 3 Blind Mice!

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 thing in your life,

As three blind mice?

Don’t we all remember this poem? The sight of three blind mice running after the farmer’s wife is one that I will never forget! Children can easily relate to the small mice, and will laugh as you tell them how scared the farmer’s wife was!

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Lyrics to the song!

Itsy Bitsy spider climbing up the spout

Down came the rain and washed the spider out

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain

Now Itsy Bitsy spider went up the spout again!

Another classic poem for children! The easy lyrics tell the story of a spider climbing up a sprout, but then the spider gets washed away by rain! Be sure to look for the finger action movements that accompany this rhyme!

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London bridge is falling down - Nursery Rhyme

London Bridge is falling down,

Falling down, falling down,

London Bridge is falling down,

My fair Lady.

Build it up with wood and clay,

Wood and clay, wood and clay,

Build it up with wood and clay,

My fair Lady.

Wood and clay will wash away,

Wash away, wash away,

Wood and clay will wash away,

My fair Lady.

Build it up with bricks and mortar,

Bricks and mortar, bricks and mortar,

Build it up with bricks and mortar,

My fair Lady.

Bricks and mortar will not stay,

Will not stay, will not stay,

Bricks and mortar will not stay,

My fair Lady.

Build it up with iron and steel,

Iron and steel, iron and steel,

Build it up with iron and steel,

My fair Lady.

Iron and steel will bend and bow,

Bend and bow, bend and bow,

Iron and steel will bend and bow,

My fair Lady.

Build it up with silver and gold,

Silver and gold, silver and gold,

Build it up with silver and gold,

My fair Lady.

Silver and gold will be stolen away,

Stolen away, stolen away,

Silver and gold will be stolen away,

My fair Lady.

Set a man to watch all nigh,

Watch all night, watch all night,

Set a man to watch all night,

My fair Lady.

Suppose the man should fall asleep,

Fall asleep, fall asleep,

Suppose the man should fall asleep?

My fair Lady.

Give him a pipe to smoke all night,

Smoke all night, smoke all night,

Give him a pipe to smoke all night,

My fair Lady.

This nursery rhyme is long! But its repetitive nature makes it a favorite among young children who love to sing the lyrics of this poem!

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Baa baa black sheep rhyme

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.

This sweet little rhyme is in fact very educational! It teaches children that wool comes from sheep, as well as the obvious – the sound that a sheep makes! A fun rhyme to teach young children!

Jack and Jill rhyme

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 got Jack, and home did trot

As fast as he could caper

He went to bed and bound his head

With vinegar and brown paper.

Who of us aren't familiar with this well-known nursery rhyme? It tells the story of a young boy and girl that went to fetch some water but an accident happens and Jack runs back home!

Nursery Rhymes, Songs, Lyrics and Poems for Children!
Nursery Rhymes, Songs, Lyrics and Poems for Children!

Hush a Bye Baby poem

Hush a bye baby, on the tree top,

When the wind blows the cradle will rock;

When the bow breaks, the cradle will fall,

And down will come baby, cradle and all.

This isn’t just an ordinary rhyme for children! It is also a favorite lullaby that mothers all over the world sing to their young children.

Ring around the rosy

Also known as Ring a ring o' rosies

Ring around the rosy

A pocketful of posies

"Ashes, Ashes"

We all fall down!

Also...

Ring-a-Ring o'Rosies

A Pocket full of Posies

"A-tishoo! A-tishoo!"

We all fall Down!

Probably one of the oldest poems in my collection! This rhyme has all manner of dance steps and actions associated with it, but they largely vary from country to country.

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Ladybug Ladybug

Also known as Ladybird Ladybird

Ladybug ladybug fly away home,

Your house in on fire and your children are gone,

All except one and that's little Ann,

For she crept under the frying pan.

The first time that I heard this rhyme was after a tiny ladybug landed on my niece and she gently took it and placed it on her finger before reciting this poem. As if by magic, just as finished the lyrics the tiny ladybug flew off – probably to go save what was left of her burning house!

Little Bo Peep

A story for children!

Little Bo peep has 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 fell fast asleep

And dreamt she heard them bleating,

But when she awoke, she found it a joke,

For they were all still fleeting.

Then up she took her little crook

Determined for to find them.

She found them indeed, but it made her heart bleed,

For they left their tails behind them.

It happened one day, as Bo peep did stray

Into a meadow hard by,

There she espied their tails side by side

All hung on a tree to dry.

She heaved a sigh, and wiped her eye,

And over the hillocks went rambling,

And tried what she could,

As a shepherdess should,

To tack again each to its lambkin.

The story of Little Bo Peep is filled with imagination and creativity! Although it might be a little lengthy it will capture the attention of young children easily. Try to embellish on the story as you recite it to young children and make it a real event!

This Little Piggy Poem

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 went...

"Wee wee wee" all the way home...

The first time that I heard the lyrics of this nursery rhyme was when my mother recited it to my youngest brother. Even though he was only a few months old he still laugh at it!

Nursery Rhymes, Songs, Lyrics and Poems for Children!
Nursery Rhymes, Songs, Lyrics and Poems for Children!

Humpty Dumpty Poem

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!

Alternative Words...

Humpty dumpty sat on a wall,

Humpty dumpty had a great fall;

Threescore men and threescore more,

Could not place Humpty as he was before.

Another old nursery rhyme with funny lyrics for children! Who of us can’t remember Humpty Dumpty as he sat on the wall?

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Poem

Twinkle twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are?

Up above the world so high , like a diamond in the sky

When the blazing sun is gone, when he nothing shines upon,

Then you show your little light, twinkle, twinkle all the night.

Then the traveller in the dark, thanks you for your tiny spark,

He could not see which way to go, if you did not twinkle so.

In the dark blue sky you keep, and often through my curtains peep,

For you never shut your eye, 'till the sun is in the sky.

As your bright and tiny spark lights the traveller in the dark,

Though I know not what you are - twinkle, twinkle little star.

My favorite nursery rhyme of all time! Better yet, it has even been made into a song! This poem is perfect for young children as it teaches them how to use their imagination in order to paint the pictures of the twinkling little star!

What Are Little Boys Made Of Poem

What are little boys made of?

Snips and snails, and puppy dogs tails

That's what little boys are made of !"

What are little girls made of?

"Sugar and spice and all things nice

That's what little girls are made of!"

This poem I included, not because I like it, but because of the wonderful memories I associate with it! You see, my grandmother always told me that little boys are made of snips, snail and puppy dog tails!

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Starlight Star Bright Poem

Star Light Star bright,

The first star I see tonight,

I wish I may, I wish I might,

Have the wish I wish tonight.

This nursery rhyme is perfect for the evenings, right before bed-time! Sit with your child and recite these words, teach it to her or him and tell them that all their wishes will come true if they recite it every night! This will strengthen the ties between parent and child easily!

One two three four five Poem

Also known as Once I caught a fish alive

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 it bit my finger so.

Which finger did it bite?

This little finger on the right.

Is your child starting to learn his or her numbers? This little rhyme is perfect for teaching and helping them to remember how to count!

One two buckle my shoe

One two buckle my shoe

Three, four, knock at the door

Five, six, pick up sticks

Seven, eight, lay them straight

Nine, ten, a big fat hen

Eleven, twelve, dig and delve

Thirteen, fourteen, maids a-courting

Fifteen, sixteen, maids in the kitchen

Seventeen, eighteen, maids in waiting

Nineteen, twenty, my plate's empty

The final poem and nursery rhyme in this collection. Like the previous poem its lyrics are perfect for teaching children how to count!

Even more nursery rhymes on the internet!

A great collection of websites with all the nursery rhymes you could ever want!

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      It's funny how some of the things we remember the most from our childhood are rhymes and things that are easy to recall by speech.

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      Harshitha LM 5 years ago

      yes its here. jack n jill. I love it.

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      Yume Tenshi 5 years ago

      Ah, nursery rhymes are simply amazing! Little social objects that have become a part of our heritage, our culture!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I tried something different...I took nursery rhymes and re-wrote them from the viewpoint of the character. "Twisted Nursery Rhymes". I used to read them to my boys and had them guess the Rhyme before I finished the story. They Loved them! Please see and read for yourself: http://drwoody007.blogspot.com/ (They start on the March 1, 2009 blog). And they are free for all to read, copy, and use for your kids, grandchildren, and even stump your grandparents!

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      RuthClaire 6 years ago

      Very cute and very inspiring! I love reading the rhymes. I could remember my childhood days when I first began to learn singing...

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      mattydaddy 6 years ago

      Dig the lens! Isn't it funny how so many of our fond nursery rhymes and songs when analyzed, revolve around viiolence, disease and melancholy messages (Ring Around The Rosies... Rock-A-Bye Baby...)? haha. But then again, look at many of our favorite cartoons and children's films (Wile E Coyote being blown up or plummeting from a mountain somewhere, BAMBI's MOM??, I mean c'mon!). Things that make you go "hmmmmmm."