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Nursery rhymes


Nursery rhymes

What to do with this activity?

Sing or say nursery rhymes with your child.
Sit your child on your lap facing you and say or sing the nursery rhymes.

Action rhymes where you add movement to your words and get your child to join in are great. You will find "Row, Row, Row your boat " on this website under 0-2 Talk and "I'm a little teapot" under 0-2 Play. Praise your child when they say the words.

Here are the words of two traditional nursery rhymes:

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."

Hickery dickery dock

"Hickery, dickery, dock,
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one.
The mouse ran down.
Hickery, dickery, dock."

If you have are looking at this website from a smart phone, you can download a free app from the Play Store or itunes on your phone. There are 2 links for the app below. One is for a smart phone (not Apple) and the other is for an iPhone. The app has the nursery rhymes like "Hot cross buns" and "Down at the bus stop".

Download the app for an iPhone here.

Download the app for an android phone here.


  • Why am I doing this?

    Children’s ability to think and understand experiences develops by listening and speaking. As a child’s language becomes more complex so does their ability to understand more complex thoughts and ideas. The family is the child’s first source of language and learning and there are lots of everyday activities that occur in the home, which can help children’s language skills. Your child will get better at using words when they practice words and hear the sounds of words.

  • How can I do more?

    Songs and rhymes are especially good for children as the rhythms and repetitive language make it easier for babies to learn language skills. Babies love songs and rhymes, especially hearing the sound of your voice. This is a great way to help your child to talk and listen. Rhymes with actions explain what words mean - "pour me out" in "I'm a little teapot". You can also create sound effects when you are singing songs and saying rhymes. Use your hands to clap, your fingers to click and your mouth to make playful sounds and whistles.

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