Nursery rhymes “The Grand Old Duke of York has left the building….”

Nursery rhymes let’s keep singing them

He had 10,000 men,

He marched them up to the top of the hill, then he marched them down again.

When they were up, they were up and when they were down they were down, they were down.

And when they were only half way up they were neither up or down.

Nursery rhymes we grew up with

Can you remember singing your heart out to Nursery rhymes. The Nursery ryhmes we sang  and our parents grew up with are slowly disappearing.

Nursery rhymes are being replaced with many modern songs or not even been sung at all.

As a child I vividly remember the enthusiasm I had when I sang them. The actions and at times the dance I learnt for each one.

Nursery ryhmes are an extravaganza of descriptive words and actions that teach our littles ones so much.

They are fantastic in helping describe and relate to feeling and emotions. “How do you think Jack is feeling with a broken crown. Sad or Happy?”  You can vary the tone of your voice and exaggerate the expressions on your face.

They teach about anticipation “One step two step and tickly under there” I would be fit to burst waiting for the tickles of Round and Round the Garden.

You learnt your numbers “One , Two , buckle my shoe” “One little two little three liitle Indians”

Your imagination would come to life as you imagined “The cow jumping over the moon and a dish running away with a spoon” “Little Bo Beep looking for her sheep”

Many nursery rhymes are completely non sensical but a child does not care, its the interaction and the fun they have with you singing and spending this time with them.

You can teach so much with Nursery Rhymes whilst having an enjoyable time, your child.They actively learn so much from the traditional  Nursery rhymes, they learn through play.

They are extremely brilliant in managing behaviour too, you can distract with them, you can get physical with them  and you get one to one connecting time with them.

Nursery rhymes teach our children

Literacy skills- new vocabulary, rhyming  (Mary Mary quite contrary)

Mathematics- Counting (Ten in the bed)

Body Parts- Head, eyes, toes, fingers (Head shoulders knees and toes)

Physical Movement- marching, jumping, clapping ( I’m a little teapot)

Emotions- Humour, happy ,sad, angry, comfort, scared (Little Miss Muffet )

Animal sounds – (Old Macdonald)

The list is pretty endless , so “Skip Skip Skip to my Lou”  and dance and laugh with a “Ring  Ring O Roses” just be careful when you sneeze and fall down, because all the kings horse and all the kings men may not be able to put you together again.


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Nathalie Brown

Child Behaviour Consultant at Easy Peasy Kids
Child Behaviourist and researcher. Creator of "Less tantrums. More smiles". I look at the bigger picture and think outside the box when working with children and their behaviour. Their world is different. As adults we sometimes forget this. Happiness Creator in my spare time. Eater of chocolate and cake.

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  1. Very true.

    When the kids get a little older you can have some more fun by having them change the words as they go.

    Old McDonald had a Zoo. Scoobie Doobie Doo…

  2. Natalie says

    Lovely post 🙂 I tend to sing nursery rhymes automatically when I’m wanting to distract my baby daughter from a task she mightn’t be enjoying (dressing, nappy change, buckling into the carseat). Nothing like focusing on Mum’s face and voice to make you forget what you’re not enjoying.
    I hope the magic of nursery rhymes is never forgotten.

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