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Nursery Rhymes for Pre-K

International K-12th grade school and language center.

Printable Nursery Rhymes Booklet


Rhymes and Songs
Babies and Toddlers

Rhymes and songs provide a wonderful way for you to bond with your child.
Your child will love being able to spend time with you in this way.
Saying rhymes and singing songs is fun! Your child is naturally drawn to the beat,
and you might be impressed to see how well your child bounces or dances to the
rhythm of a favorite song or rhyme.

Rhymes and songs are great tools for helping your child explore the fun and
beauty of language. The rhythm that your child naturally finds so appealing also
helps your child to hear all of the individual sounds that make up the words. This
is important for helping children learn to speak when they are very young. As they
grow older, it will help them learn to read on their own.
Rhymes and songs allow your child to experience language with many senses. For
example, your child may enjoy a rhyme with his/her ears (hearing), body (moving
or bouncing), and/or with touch (tickles) all at the same time. The more senses a
child uses, the stronger the activity’s impact will be.
We have tried to include a wide variety of different kinds of rhymes and songs in
this collection. We hope that you and your child enjoy trying some of these out

Higglety Pigglety Pop
Higglety pigglety pop.
The dog has eaten the mop.
The pig’s in a hurry,
The cat’s in a flurry,
Higglety pigglety pop!

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

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

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
Wagging their tails behind them.

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

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.

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

Wee Willie Winkie
Wee Willie Winkie runs through the town,
Upstairs, downstairs in his nightgown.
Tapping at the window, crying through the lock,
Are the children in their beds? For now, it’s eight o’clock.

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.

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

Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat
Pussy cat, pussy cat, where have you been?
I’ve been to London to see the fair Queen.
Pussy cat, pussy cat, what did you there?
I frightened a little mouse, under her chair.

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring
It’s raining; it’s pouring.
The old man is snoring.
He went to bed and bumped his head,
And he wouldn’t get up in the morning.

Icka Bicka Soda Cracker
Icka bicka soda cracker,
Icka bicka boo.
Icka bicka soda cracker,
Up goes you!
Icka bicka soda cracker,
Icka bicka boo.
Icka bicka soda cracker,
I love you!

*Bounce as you say this rhyme. Lift
your child at the end of the first verse.
Huge your child at the end of the
second verse.*

Little Red Wagon
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon,
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon,
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon,
Won’t you be my darling!

*Bounce your child as you say this rhyme.*

From Wibbleton to Wobbleton
From Wibbleton to Wobbleton is fifteen miles.
From Wobbleton to Wibbleton is fifteen miles.
Wibbleton to Wobbleton,
Wobbleton to Wibbleton,
From Wibbleton to Wobbleton is fifteen miles.

*Rock or bounce baby from side to side.*

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
Zoom, zoom, zoom,
We’re going to the moon.
If you want to take a trip,
Climb aboard my rocket ship.
Zoom, zoom, zoom,
We’re going to the moon.
5, 4, 3, 2, 1 – Blastoff!
Babies can be lifted up at the appropriate time
during this rhyme. Older toddlers can “blast
off” themselves.
Just about any rhyme can be a bouncing rhyme, but these are especially built for it.

Bouncing Rhymes

Jack Be Nimble
Jack be nimble, Jack be quick,
Jack jump over the candlestick!

*Bounce your child as you say this rhyme,
lifting your child at the end.*

Moses Supposes
Moses supposes his toeses are roses,
But Moses supposes erroneously,
For nobody’s toeses are posies of roses,
As Moses supposes his toeses to be.
*Bounce your baby, or tap your baby’s
feet/toes to the beat of this rhyme.*

Trit Trot to Boston
Trit trot to Boston,
Bounce baby on knee
Trit trot to Lynn,
Trit trot over the bridge,
Lift up
But don’t fall in!
Drop through legs, or tip to the side
Giddyap, giddyap, ride to town,
*Bounce baby on knees, facing forward.*
Giddyap, giddyap, up and down.
Giddyap fast,
Bounce quickly
Giddyap slow,
Bounce slowly
Giddyap, giddyap, giddyap, WHOA!
*Dip baby backwards gently.*

These Are Baby’s Fingers
These are baby’s fingers,
These are baby’s toes,
Here is baby’s belly button,
Round and round it goes.
*Point out your child’s respective body
pars as they are mentioned in this
rhyme. If you like, substitute your
child’s name for the word “baby.”*

Here is the Beehive
Here is the beehive,
Hold up fist
Where are the bees?
Hidden away where nobody sees.
Watch as the bees come out of the hive,
1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Count on fingers
*This rhyme is both a tickle rhyme and a
fingerplay all in one! It is especially great
for older toddlers and preschoolers, who
will enjoy the extra interaction.*

Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory Dickory dock,
The mouse ran up the clock.
Tickle up your child’s arm
The clock struck one, The mouse ran down,
Clap once, tickle down your child’s arm
Hickory Dickory Dock!
…The clock struck two, and down he flew,
…The clock struck three, the mouse said “Wheee!”

Round and Round the Garden
Round and round the garden,
Went the teddy bear,
One step, two steps,
Tickle you under there!
*Jump fingers up baby’s arm. End
with a tickle.*

There Was a Little Mouse
There was a little mouse,
Looking for his house.
Not here,
Not here,
But here, here, here!
*Gently tickle baby in different places,
ending with the belly.*

This Little Piggy
This little piggy went to market.
This little piggy stayed home.
This little piggy had roast beef.
And this little piggy had none.
This little piggy cried “Wee, wee, wee!”
All the way home.
*Count off “piggies” on your baby’s fingers
or toes. Tickle your baby when you reach
the last piggy!
Get ready for lots of giggles when you say these rhymes together.*

Tickle Rhymes
Arabella Miller
Arabella Miller had a fuzzy caterpillar.
Make a caterpillar with your finger
First, it climbed upon her mother,
Put it on your hand
And then upon her baby brother.
*Tickle up baby’s arm*
They said, “Arabella Miller! Put away your caterpillar!”

Two Little Blackbirds
Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill,
One named Jack, the other named Jill.
Fly away, Jack! Fly away, Jill!
Come back, Jack! Come back, Jill!
Two little blackbirds sitting on a cloud,
One named soft, the other named loud.
Fly away soft! Fly away loud!
Come back soft! Come back loud!
Two little blackbirds sitting on a stick,
One named slow, the other named quick.
Fly away slow! Fly away quick!
Come back slow! Come back quick!

Here is a Bunny
Here is a bunny with ears so funny,
Hold up two fingers
And here is his hole in the ground.
*Make a circle with fingers*
When a noise he hears,
He pricks up his ears,
And jumps in his hole in the ground!
Make your bunny jump into the hole.

Five Little Monkeys
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed.
Hold up five fingers and make them bounce.
One fell off and bumped his head.
*Tap your own/baby’s head.*
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
Hold fingers like a telephone.
“No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”
*Shake finger as if scolding.
Repeat, taking away one finger/monkey each time
until no more “monkeys” remain.
These rhymes have small actions that children can do with their hands.*

I Had a Little Turtle
I had a little turtle.
Put one hand on top of the other, sticking out thumbs
He lived in a box.
*Draw a square with finger
He swam in a puddle.
He climbed on the rocks.
He snapped at the mosquito,
He snapped at the flea,
He snapped at the minnow,
And he snapped at me.
*Clap, point to self*
He caught the mosquito,
He caught the flea,
He caught the minnow,
But he didn’t catch me!
*Clap, point to self, and shake head.*

One, Two, Three, Four, Five
One, two, three, four, five
Count on fingers
Once I caught a fish alive.
*Clap hands together*
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten.
Count on the other hand
Then I let him go again.
*Open arms wide*
Why did you let him go?
*Hands-on hips*
Because he bit my finger so.
Which finger did he bite?
The little finger on the right.
*Grab and wiggle the pinky finger*
Way Up High in the Apple Tree
Way up high in the apple tree
*Hold arms up high*
Two red apples looked down at me.
*Make fists for apples*
I shook that tree as hard as I could,
*Shake the tree*
And down fell the apples
*Hands to ground*
Mmmm, were they good!
Take a bite, rub your tummy.

The Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout.
*Walk fingers upward*
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Wiggle fingers downward
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
*Put arms in a circle*
And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.

Walk fingers upward.

I Put My Arms Up High
I put my arms up high,
I put my arms down low.
I put them straight out to the side,
And then I let them go.

Suit actions to words.

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake,
Baker’s man,
Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Clap in rhythm as you say this verse
Roll it, and pull it,
Roll hands
And mark it with a “B”
Tickle your child’s belly
And put it in the oven for Baby and me!

Clap in rhythm
Feel free to substitute your child’s name for
“baby” in this song when you say this rhyme.

With Our Hands
With our hands, we clap, clap, clap.
With our feet, we stamp, stamp, stamp.
We jump three times as high as can be.
Then we say, “Hey, look at me!”
Suit actions to words.
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
One, two, buckle my shoe.
Pretend to tie shoe
Three, four, shut the door.
Clap hands
Five, six, pick up sticks.
Pretend to pick sticks up
Seven, eight, lay them straight.
Move arms in a “smoothing” motion
Nine, ten, a big fat hen.
Use arms to create around the belly
These rhymes are especially great for older toddlers and preschoolers, who will
enjoy doing the actions along with the words.

Action Rhymes
Ring Around the Rosie
Ring around the Rosie,
Pocket full of posies,
Ashes, ashes, we all fall down!
Hold hands and walk in a circle.

Everyone sits down at the end.

The Grand Old Duke of York
Oh, the grand old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men;
He marched them up to the top of the hill,
March in place
And he marched them down again.
And when they were up, they were up,

Stretch up

And when they were down, they were down,

And when they were only halfway up,
Bend knees

They were neither up nor down.
Stretch up and crouch low, quickly. 
Where is Thumbkin?
Where is thumbkin? Where is thumbkin?
Here I am! Here I am!
How are you today sir?
Very well, I thank you,
Runaway! Runaway!

Bring out and hide thumbs as appropriate.
Repeat if desired for more fingers.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.
Rock, rock, rock your boat,
Gently to the shore.
If you see a lion there,
Don’t forget to roar!
Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
If you see a crocodile,
Don’t forget to scream!

Sit with your child on your lap.
Rock together as you sing this song.

This Old Man
This old man, he played one,
Hold up one finger
He played knick-knack on my thumb.
Tap your thumb
With a knick-knack, paddywhack,
Give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.
Roll hands
This old man, he played two,
He played knick-knack on my shoe…
This old man, he played three,
He played knick-knack on my knee…
This old man, he played four,
He played knick-knack on the floor…

If You’re Happy and You Know It
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.
If you’re happy and you know it,
And you really want to show it,
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands.
…stomp your feet.
…shout, “hooray!”
…do all three.

Suit actions to words.

I’m a Little Teapot
I’m a little teapot short and stout.
Here is my handle, here is my spout.

(Hand motions)Put one hand on the hip.
Stick the other arm out to the side
When I get all steamed up hear me shout,

“Tip me over and pour me out!”
Lean-to the side.
I’m a very special pot it’s true.
Here let me show you what I can do.
I can change my handle and my spout.

Arms switch positions

Tip me over and pour me out!
Lean-to the side.

These songs are especially great for older toddlers and preschoolers, who will
enjoy doing the actions along with the words.

Action Songs
Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees, and toes.
Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees, and toes.
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose.
Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees, and toes!

Point to each body part as you say it. Repeat as many
times as desired, doing it faster and faster each time.

Old McDonald
Old McDonald had a farm. E-I-E-I-O!
And on that farm, he had a cow. E-I-E-I-O!
With a “moo, moo” here, and a “moo, moo” there,
Here a “moo,” there a “moo,”
Everywhere a “moo, moo!”
Old McDonald had a farm. E-I-E-I-O!

Baa Baa Black Sheep
Baa, baa, black sheep, have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.
One for my master, and one for my dame.
And one for the little boy who lives down the lane.
Ball, ball, black sheep, have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full.

The Wheels on the Bus
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
Round and round, round and round,
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
All through the town.
The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep…
The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish…
The lights on the bus go blink, blink, blink…
The babies on the bus go, “Wah, wah, wah”…
The mommies on the bus say, “I love you”…

Remember, your child doesn’t care if you have perfect pitch or not. S/he only
cares that you are spending time together. Sing away!

If you’re looking for more great music to listen to, check out a CD of children’s
music from the library or www.youtube.com. You have lots to choose from!


Are You Sleeping?
Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping?
Brother John? Brother John?
Morning bells are ringing. Morning bells are ringing.
Ding, ding, dong! Ding, ding, dong!

Twinkle 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.

Rock-a-Bye Baby
Rock-a-bye baby, in the treetop.
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock.
When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall.
And down will come baby, cradle and all!

Five Little Ducks
Five little ducks went out one day,
Over the hills and far away.
Mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack!”
But only four little ducks came back.
Four little ducks…
Three little ducks…
Two little ducks…
One little duck…
So sad mother duck went out one day,
Over the hills and far away.
Mother duck said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack!”
And all of the five little ducks came back!