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30 Popular Nursery Rhyme Lyrics for Preschoolers

Preschoolers love reciting nursery rhymes so I wanted to give you a handy list of 30 of the best nursery rhyme lyrics for preschoolers to help foster that love. In this collection, you’ll find age-appropriate, fun, silly rhymes. Some of these rhymes involve counting, a number of them promote new vocabulary and others encourage movement which helps develop gross motor skills.

Each and every one of them have rhyming patterns that help children with oral and language development (skills necessary for learning how to read!)

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30 Popular Nursery Rhyme Lyrics

So without further ado here’s your collection of nursery rhyme lyrics. Enjoy!

Baa Baa Black Sheep

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.

Diddle Diddle Dumpling

A cartoon of a boy with a book getting ready for bed.

Diddle diddle dumpling, my son John
Went to bed with his stockings on,
One shoe off, one shoe on;
Diddle diddle dumpling, my son John.

Hey, Diddle, Diddle

A boy showing his brother his drawing of Hey Diddle Diddle.

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

Hickory, Dickory, Dock

Cartoon of a boy crawling in front of a grandfather clock with a mouse running up it.

Hickory, Dickory, Dock,
The mouse ran up the clock,
The clock struck one,
The mouse ran down,
Hickory, Dickory, Dock.

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.

Hush-a-Bye, Baby

Baby in a basket

Hush-a-bye, baby, on 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.

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Boy with a book over his head in the rain watching a spider on a spout

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the waterspout.
Down came the rain
And washed the spider out.
Out came the sun
And dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.

Jack Be Nimble

A cartoon of a boy jumping over a cardboard candle stick.

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

Jack and Jill

Kids doing flips in front of a Jack and Jill nursery rhyme mural.

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 Bo-Peep

A carton of a girl sitting in front of a tree, who has lost her sheep, which are hiding behind the tree.

Little Bo-Peep has lost her sheep,
And can’t tell where to find them;
Leave them alone, and they’ll come home,
Wagging their tails behind them.

Little Boy Blue

Kids pointing  at a picture of Little Boy Blue nursery rhyme.

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

Little Jack Horner

Little Jack Horner
Sat in the corner,
Eating his Christmas pie:
He stuck in his thumb,
And pulled out a plum,
And said, “What a good boy am I!”

Little Miss Muffet

A girl reading little Miss Muffet to her little sitter who is acting it out.

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

London Bridge is Falling Down

A cartoon of a  boy and girl building with blocks in front of London Bridge.

London Bridge is falling down
Falling down, falling down.
London Bridge is falling down,
My fair lady.

Mary Had a Little Lamb

Mary with her little lamb

Mary had a little lamb,
Its fleece was white as snow,
And everywhere that Mary went
The lamb was sure to go.
He followed her to school one day,
Which was against the rules.
It made the children laugh and play
To see a lamb at school.

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

A mommy reading nursery rhymes to her daughter.

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
Silver bells and cockle-shells,
And pretty maids all of a row.

The Mulberry Bush

Here we go round the mulberry bush,
The mulberry bush; the mulberry bush.
Here we go round the mulberry bush
Early in the morning.

Oh Where, Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone

Boy looking for his dog while another boy is pointing to the dog on a hill.

Oh where, oh where has my little dog gone
Oh, where, oh where can he be?
With his ears cut short and his tail cut long
Oh, where, oh where can he be?

One, Two, Three, Four, Five

One, two, three, four, five,
Once I caught a fish alive.
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten,
But I let it go again.
Why did you let it go?
Because it bit my finger so.
Which finger did it bite?
The little one upon the right.

One Two Buckle My Shoe

Cartoon of a girl with matching cards to the nursery rhyme 1,2 Buckle My Shoe.

One, two,
Buckle my shoe;
Three, four,
Knock at the door;
Five, six,
Pick up sticks;
Seven, eight,
Lay them straight;
Nine, ten,
A big, fat hen.

Pease Porridge

Boy eating porridge

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.

Peter Piper

A cartoon of a boy on a garden pt with a basket of bell peppers behind him.

Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers;
A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked.
If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers,
Where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

Rain, Rain, Go Away

Boy in the rain

Rain, rain, go away,
Come again another day;
Little Johnny wants to play.

Ring Around the Rosie

Kids playing ring around the rosies.

Ring around the rosies,
A pocket full of posies,
Ashes, ashes,*
We all fall down!

(some replace ashes with ‘sashes’, ‘a tissue’, or “red bird, bluebird”)

Sing a Song of Sixpence

A carton of a boy dressed as a king on a throne with a blackbird sitting on a pie.

Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye;
four-and-twenty blackbirds
Baked in a pie!

When the pie was opened
The birds began to sing;
Now wasn’t that a dainty dish
To set before the king?

This Little Piggy (Originally Five Toes)

A cartoon of a barefoot little girl sitting with 5 pigs.

This little piggy went to market;
This little piggy stayed at home;
This little piggy had roast beef;
This little piggy had none;
This little piggy cried, “Wee, wee, wee!
All the way home.”

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

A 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.

The Three Little Kittens

Cartoon of a little girl with three kittens and their mittens

The three little kittens they lost their mittens,
And they began to cry,
Oh, mother dear, we sadly fear
Our mittens we have lost
What? Lost your mittens, you naughty kittens!
Then you shall have no pie.
Mee-ow, mee-ow.
Then you shall have no pie.

The three little kittens they found their mittens,
And they began to sigh,
Oh, mother dear, see here, see here,
Our mittens we have found
What? Found your mittens, you good little kittens,
Then you shall have some pie.
Mee-ow, mee-ow.
You shall have some pie.

The three little kittens put on their mittens,
And soon ate up their pie;
Oh, mother dear, we greatly fear
Our mittens we have soiled
What? Soiled your mittens, you naughty kittens!
Then they began to cry,
Mee-ow, mee-ow.
Then they began to cry.

The three little kittens they washed their mittens,
And hung them out to dry;
Oh! mother dear, see here, see here,
Our mittens we have washed
What? Washed your mittens, you good little kittens,
But I smell a rat close by.
Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow.
I smell a rat close by.

Wee Willie Winkie

A cartoon on a boy jumping on his bed

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

Yankee Doodle

A boy pointing to Yankee Doodle in a book

Yankee Doodle went to town
A-riding on a pony,
Stuck a feather in his cap
And called it macaroni.


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References

Note: All the nursery rhymes in this article were taken from one of the original public domain sources listed below, however, some of the lyrics have been slightly modified so they could be presented here in a more traditional version which folks have been used to over this past century.

The Project Gutenberg – Our Old Nursery Rhymes Alfred Moffat. https://www.gutenberg.org/files/61009/61009-h/61009-h.htm

The Project Gutenberg EBook of National Rhymes of the Nursery, by Various. https://www.gutenberg.org/files/36685/36685-h/36685-h.htm

The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Real Mother Goose Illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright. https://www.gutenberg.org/files/10607/10607-h/10607-h.htm

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