5 Nursery Rhymes for Pre-K

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Studies have proven that telling nursery rhymes is one of the best ways to develop language skills in children. Nursery rhymes are effective for developing an awareness of rhyme, sounds, and syllables, in addition to building up vocabulary. Moreover, they are entertaining and have engaged children across multiple generations; the ones that survive have stood the test of time!

Here are five of my favourite nursery rhymes:

1. Little Miss Muffet

Little Miss Muffet

Sat on a tuffet,

Eating her curds and whey;

Along came a spider

Who sat down beside her

And frightened Miss Muffet away!

2. 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.

3. Pat-a-cake

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man!

Bake me a cake as fast as you can;

Roll it and prick it and mark it with a B

And put it in the oven for Baby and me.

4. Little Bo-Peep

Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep

And doesn’t know where to find them

Let them along, and they’ll come home

Wagging their tails behind them.

5. 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.


Many more nursery rhymes are available for free online. Some have actions, and most of them have been put to song. Try singing some nursery rhymes to your child!

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