What’s your favourite nursery rhyme? These traditional poems are an important part of growing up, and help children to learn to read and write.
Nursery rhymes are simple, and repetitive because for a long time they were not written down, so people learnt them by heart, and then taught them to their own children.
Teach your children about Nursery Rhymes using our handy topic guide!
- This Christmas Assembly includes a great writing idea for younger children: What would nursery rhyme characters give away for Christmas?
- Ask the children to write their own version of a familiar nursery rhyme by changing one element, for example, a different animal could sit down next to Miss Muffet.
- Make simple puppets to act out a rhyme, such as this paper plate Humpty Dumpty.
- Use these resources from the British Council to match up the sentence in the rhyme This Little Piggy.
- Create a small world play area based on a nursery rhyme so the children can act it out.
- Cut up the lines of a nursery rhyme, or illustrations, and ask children to sequence them in the right order, with adult support.
- Sew some simple felt mice to act out “Three Blind Mice”.
Nursery Rhyme Facts
- A nursery rhyme is a song or poem for very young children.
- The earliest known book of nursery rhymes was published over 250 years ago, but many nursery rhymes are much older.
- Some nursery rhymes are about things that really happened. Mary Had a Little Lamb is about a girl called Mary Sawyer, whose pet lamb followed her to school.
- Actions can be added to nursery rhymes, a good example is Incy Wincy Spider.
Early Years Nursery Rhymes
This hour-long medley features animations of many classic nursery rhymes for children to learn and join in with.
Running time: 1:01:01
Makaton Nursery Rhymes
Learn how to sign Miss Polly had a Dolly, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Pat-a-Cake, Baa Baa Black Sheep and The Wheels on the Bus.
Running time: 7:12
Incy Wincy Spider
Join Andy to sing and sing Incy Wincy Spider.
Running time: 1:29
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