Those silly nursery rhymes we hear may seem like they are just for fun. But actually, nursery rhymes are very powerful and even historical! So the next time you say “Hey diddle, diddle, the cat and the fiddle,” just remember that you are laying the foundation for literacy!
One of the most important ways we can help young children learn to read and speak is to start them off with nursery rhymes. They help break down words for children, and studies have shown that a child’s “ability to recite familiar nursery rhymes was both directly and indirectly related to later literacy and language abilities.”
Young children’s brains are wired to learn, and what a wonderful way to connect with them at the same time. Even more benefits of nursery rhymes are the musical benefits as well as the social/emotional bond that takes place between the adult and the child.
In case you can’t remember all of the words to some of the most common nursery rhymes (I have to look them up too sometimes), I have compiled the best nursery rhymes for children. Below are some of the most loved nursery rhyme songs as well as some more amazing rhyming songs if you are looking for music for children.
The Best Nursery Rhymes for Children
Hey Diddle Diddle
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Three Little Kittens
Are You Sleeping?
Hickory Dickory Dock
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Rub A Dub Dub
Rain Rain Go Away
Baa Baa Black Sheep
Mary Mary Quite Contrary
Mary Had A Little Lamb
Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Teddy Bear Teddy Bear Turn Around
Little Bunny Foo Foo
Down by the Bay
Who Took The Cookie?
Five Little Ducks
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Ten In The Bed
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Five Little Monkeys
If You’re Happy and You Know It