A Complete List of Nursery Rhymes

A nursery rhyme is a traditional poem or song for children in Britain and many other countries, but usage of the term only dates from the late 18th/early 19th century. In North America the term Mother Goose Rhymes, introduced in the mid-18th century, is still often used.

It has been argued that nursery rhymes set to music aid in a child’s development. Research also supports the assertion that music and rhyme increase a child’s ability in spatial reasoning, which aid mathematics skills.

 


Three Little Kittens

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"Three Little Kittens" is an English language nursery rhyme, probably with roots in the British folk tradition. The rhyme tells of three kittens who first lose, then find and soil, their mittens. When all is finally set to rights, the kittens receive their mother's approval and some pie.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

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“Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” is a popular English lullaby. The lyrics are from an early 19th-century English poem by Jane Taylor, “The Star”. The poem, which is in couplet form, was first published in 1806 in Rhymes for the Nursery, a collection of poems by Taylor and her sister Ann.

Yankee Doodle

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"Yankee Doodle" is a well-known American song, the early versions of which date back to the Seven Years' War and the American Revolution. It is often sung patriotically in the United States today and is the state anthem of Connecticut.