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A-Z Nursery Rhyme List



An A-z nursery rhyme list of favorite classic and traditional nursery songs and verses to build a rich cultural heritage. The colourful characters and vivid language have fascinated children for centuries.






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Find out why seeming nonsense verses about fanciful characters offer many benefits to children and opportunities to learn key skills for effective communication and success in adult life. Also read why memorization is an essential Preschool Language Activity

Little Miss Muffet

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Baa, Baa Black Sheep
Little Bo Peep
Little Boy Blue
Pat-a-Cake
Clap Handies
Cobbler, Cobbler
Doctor Foster Went To Gloucester
Hey Diddle Diddle
Goosey, Goosey
Horsey, Horsey
My Grandfather's Clock
Little Hen
Hickety Pickety
Hickory Dickory Dock
Humpty Dumpty
As I Was Going to St. Ives
I Hear Thunder
Jack and Jill
Little Jack Horner
Jack Sprat
Jack Be Nimble
Old King Cole
Leaves are Falling
London Bridge
Mary Had a Little Lamb
Mary Mary Quite Contrary
Old Mother Hubbard
Little Miss Muffet
Nellie the Elephant
I Had a Little Nut Tree
The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
Pease Porridge Hot
I Love Little Pussy
The Queen of Hearts
Pussy Cat
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Rain, Rain Go Away
Ring-A-Ring-o'Rosies
Ten Green Bottles
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
See-saw Margery Daw
Way Down South


Baa, Baa Black Sheep

Baa, baa black sheep
Have you any wool
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full
One for the master and one for the dame
And one for the little boy,
Who lives down the lane.



Little Bo-Peep

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 boy blueLittle Boy Blue

Little Boy Blue, come blow your horn
The cow's in the meadow, the sheep's in the corn
Where is the little boy who looks after the sheep?
He's under the haystack, fast asleep.

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Pat-a-Cake

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Pat it and prick it and mark it with B
And put it in the oven for Baby and me.



Clap Handies

Clap handies, clap handies for Daddy to come
Daddy's got sweeties and Mommy's got none.



Cobbler, Cobbler

Cobbler cobbler, mend my shoe
Get it done by half past two
Do it neat and do it strong
And I will pay you when it’s done.

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Doctor Foster Went to Gloucester

Doctor Foster went to Gloucester
In a shower of rain.
He stepped in a puddle
Right up to his middle
And ne'er went there again.



Hey Diddle Diddle Nursery Rhyme

Hey Diddle Diddle

Hey diddle, diddle
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed to see such fun
And the dish ran away with the spoon.



Goosey Goosey Gander

Goosey, goosey gander
Where shall I wander?
Upstairs and downstairs
And in my lady's chamber.

There I met a man,
Who wouldn't say his prayers.
I took him by the left leg,
And through him down the stairs.

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Horsey, Horsey

Horsey, horsey don't you stop
Just let your feet go clippetty clop
The tail goes swish and the wheels go round
Giddy up, we're homeward bound.



My Grandfather's Clock

My grandfather's clock
Was too large for the shelf
So it stood ninety years on the floor.
It was taller by half
Than the old man himself
Though it weighed not a penny weight more.

It was bought on the morn
Of the day that he was born
And was always his treasure and pride
But it stopped short never to go again
When the old man died.

Ninety years without slumbering
Tick tock tick tock
Its life seconds numbering
Tick tock tick tock
It stopped short never to go again
When the old man died.

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Little Hen (a term of endearment for a daughter)

I had a little hen, the prettiest ever seen,
She washed up the dishes and kept the house clean.
She went to the mill to fetch us some flour,
And always got home in less than an hour.
She baked me my bread, she brewed me my ale,
She sat by the fire and told a fine tale!



Hickety Pickety

Hickety Pickety my black hen
She lays eggs for gentlemen
Sometimes nine and sometimes ten
Hickety Pickety my black hen



Hickory Dickory Dock

Hickory dickory dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one
The mouse ran down
Hickory dickory dock.

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Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty

Humpty Dumpty sat on wall.
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again.



As I was Going to St. Ives

As I was going to St. Ives
I met a man with seven wives
Each wife had seven sacks
Each sack had seven cats
Each cat had seven kits
Kits, cats, sacks and wives
How many were going to St. Ives?

(Answer: only one - I)



I Hear Thunder

I hear thunder, I hear thunder
Hark don't you? Hark don't you?
Pitter patter raindrops
Pitter patter raindrops
I'm wet though, I'm wet through!

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Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill

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.



Little Jack HornerLittle Jack Horner

Little Jack Horner sat in a corner
Eating his Christmas pie.
He stuck in his thumb
And pulled out a plum
And said: "What a good boy am I!"



Jack Sprat

Jack Sprat could eat no fat,
His wife could eat no lean,
And so between the two
They licked the platter clean.

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Jack Be Nimble

Jack be nimble,
Jack be quick,
Jack jump
Over the candlestick.



Old King Cole

Old King Cole was a merry old soul
And a merry old soul was he.
He called for his pipe and his called for his bowl
And he called for his fiddlers three.



Leaves are Falling (to the tune of "I hear thunder")

Leaves are falling
Leaves are falling
To the ground
To the ground
Look at all the colours
Look at all the colours
Red, yellow, brown
Red, yellow, brown

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London Bridge

London bridge is falling down,
Falling down, falling down
London Bridge is falling down
My fair lady
Build it up with sticks and stones
Stick and stones, sticks and stones
Build it up with sticks and stones
My fair lady.



Mary Had a Little Lamb

Mary had a little lamb
Its fleece was white as snow
And everywhere that Mary went
The lamb was sure to go.

It followed her to school one day
Which was against the rule.
It made the children laugh and play
To see a lamb at school.

Mary Mary Quite Contrary

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells
And pretty maids all in a row.

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Old Mother HubbardOld Mother Hubbard

Old Mother Hubbard
Went to the cupboard
To get her poor dog a bone
But when she got there
The cupboard was bare
And so the poor dog had none.



Little Miss Muffet

Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet
Eating her curds and whey,
There came a big spider,
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away.



Nellie the Elephant

Nellie the Elephant
Packed her trunk
And trundled out of the jungle.
Off she went with a trumpety trump
Trump, trump, trump!

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I Had a Little Nut Tree

I had a little nut tree,
Nothing would it bear
But a silver nutmeg
And a golden pear.
The king of Spain's daughter
Came to visit me
And all for the sake
Of my little nut tree.



The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe
She had so many children,
She didn't know what to do
She gave them some broth without any bread
And spanked them all soundly and sent them to bed.



Pease Porridge Hot

Pease porridge hot
Pease porridge cold
Pease porridge in the pot
Nine days old.

Some like it hot
Some like it cold
Some like it in the pot
Nine days old.

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I Love Little Pussy

I love little Pussy, her coat is so warm
And if I don't hurt her, she'll do me no harm.
So I'll not pull her tail, nor drive her away,
But Pussy and I very gently will play.



The Queen of Hearts

The queen of hearts made some tarts
All on a summer's day.
The knave of hearts stole the tarts
And took them clean away.

The king of hearts called for the tarts
And beat the knave full sore.
The knave of hearts brought back the tarts
And vowed he'd steal no more.



Pussy Cat

Pussy cat, pussy cat
Where have you been?
I have been to London
To visit the queen.
Pussy cat, pussy cat
What did you there?
I frightened a little mouse under the chair.

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Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Row, row, row, your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream.



Rain rain go away

Rain rain go away,
Come again another day.
Little Johnny wants to play;
Rain, rain, go to Spain,
Never show your face again!



Ring-A-Ring-o'Rosies

Ring-a-ring-o'rosies
A pocket full of posies
A-tishoo, a-tishoo
We all fall down.

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Ten Green Bottles

Ten green bottles hanging on the wall
Ten green bottles hanging on the wall
And if one green bottle should accidentally fall
There'll be nine green bottles hanging on the wall.

Nine green bottles hanging on the wall -
repeat until there are no green bottles hanging on the wall.



Twinkle TwinkleTwinkle, Twinkle Little Star

Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are.



See-saw Margery Daw

See-saw Margery Daw
Johnny shall have a new master.
He shall have a penny a day
Because he can't work any faster.



Way Down South

Way down south, where bananas grow
A grasshopper stepped on an elephant's toe
The elephant said, with tears in his eyes
"Pick on someone your own size."

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