10 things nursery rhymes teach babies and young children.

Do you know traditional nursery rhymes? Do you sing them with your baby or young child?

If you do then that is awesome! If you don’t then you really should! Why? Here are the main reasons.

  1. They teach children about language structure, rhyme and alliteration.
  2. They are your child’s first stories.
  3. Nursery rhymes develop your child’s vocabulary.
  4. They instill a love of books in your child.
  5. Your child will be a better reader as nursery rhymes introduce phonetic patterns.
  6. They are traditional and should be shared as a link to the past.
  7. Nursery rhymes often have finger plays too and connect the sides of the brain enabling your child to develop.
  8. They are great at improving your child’s memory.
  9. Nursery rhymes are social. We can all join in together.
  10. They are fun; they introduce fun and interesting words that can be manipulated.

Some interesting Nursery rhyme facts:

Did you know now Humpty Dumpty was a cannon?
Did you know Ring O’Roses is about The Plague?
Baa Baa Black Sheep is from a tax system in 1275 and yes, the black sheep was the master (We sing Baa, Baa pink sheep at school!)
Jack and Jill were possibly Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette

Baa Baa Pink Sheep

Baa Baa pink sheep,
Have you any spots?
Yes sir, yes sir,
Lots and lots!
Some on my fingers,
and someone my toes…
and some on the end of my little pink nose!


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  • I love singing nursery rhymes with Leo – it immediately transports me back to my on childhood and my mum making up words to them! #TwinklyTuesday

  • I love singing nursery rhymes with my little girl. They are such good way to bond as well 🙂 #DreamTeam

  • Here in Australia they tried to change Baa Baa Black sheep to Rainbow Sheep….there was an outcry…I loved singing nursery rhymes to my girls and reading to them. I even tried ending a story early if it was a big book . They were onto me…lol…So I said the big books are for the afternoons. My eldest loves to read and owns a lot of books just like her mum. Even though she can download books etc she still loves to feel the book in her hands.

  • We love nursery rhymes and we also love stories that rhyme. Zach is really good at rhyming words because of it 🙂 thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

  • Interesting read about the advantages of nursery rhymes. Will try to remember the Baa Baa Pink Sheep one next time I sing it to my baby! #twinklytuesday

  • Clever twist on the nursery rhyme! I love reading to my boys and in turn they love reading to me.

  • #TwinklyTuesday – love nursery rhymes, its great when they come home and teach you one you haven’t heard before too.

  • We love nursery rhymes in our household, and although sung throughout the day, we also include one in the bedtime routine – book, song, bed. Great post!

  • Humpty Dumpty was a cannon?! that explains it!!!!!!!!!!!! Honestly, for years that has bothered me because it sounds so nonsensical – until now! Thanks!

  • Some nursery rhymes are also quite weird in my opinion, if you really pay attention to the words, but yes we sing them in our house! #twinklytuesday

  • I sing nursery rhymes to Emma quite a lot but only since she’s started nursery really as she demands we sing them together! I didn’t realise how much it does for them, though she does love reading too. I love that Baa Baa Black Sheep rhyme, I didn’t know that one until recently 🙂 Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam

    • Ah such a lovely age. Per-schoolers are such a delight. Thank you for commenting.ive got lots of other alternative rhymes up my sleeve! Children love them! 😆

  • I always thought everyone knew nursery rhymes (my mum was always singing them with me when I was little), but I have discovered, as a grown up, that it’s a dying art! I love singing nursery rhymes with my kids, though, and we even have a “Song Sack” where each toy you pull out tells you a different rhyme to sing (e.g. sheep for Baa Baa Black Sheep, rabbit for See The Little Bunnies Sleeping, etc) #blogcrush

    • Love those rhyme sacks! (Wish id thought of those……) I do think they are a dying art as kids seem to know all the words to Beyoncé or Katy Perry instead 🤔 There’s a place for both I think but nursery rhymes are so important! Thanks for commenting lovely. X

  • Totally agree about the importance of these- so crucial for baby and toddler development- great post! #TacticalTuesdays

  • I always start my poetry term by looking at Nursery Rhymes! Definitely a fabulous way in to poetry from an early age! Thanks for linking up with #TacticalTuesdays. Xxx

  • I love a nursery rhyme and never knew Humpty Dumpty was a cannon #tacticaltuesdays

  • I love this post! I am a music teacher and love that people recognise the importance of singing in children’s lives. My daughter can probably sing and say the words of nursery rhymes more than any other words. #tacticaltuesdays

    • Ah thats great! My daughter loved nursery rhymes as a baby and insisted on them! She is now studying A Level Eng Lit and I’m sure those early experiences shaped her love of words.

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