We all have that one fond memory from childhood that we cherish. It could have been about gobbling up half a jar of baby cereal, singing rhymes to our neighbours, or breaking into a dance in public! Although we wouldn’t like to accept it, we were as much of a handful to our parents as our kids are to us (if not more).
Nursery rhymes are a great way to get your child to improve their memory skills. They could sing them with their friends as a sort of group activity or even recite them at their school. This will help them be more social by reciting them with the other kids. They are also super easy to teach, fun for them to sing and cute for us to hear.
Here are some of the most popular English rhymes that you could start teaching your kid!
1. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
One of the most popular nursery rhymes in the world, the rhyme was written by Jane Taylor and her sister Ann Taylor. The rhyme was based on a song called “The Star” written by Jane Taylor herself.
"Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky."
2. The Alphabet Song
Kids all over the country learn the English alphabet using this rhyme. There are other variations available too but this one is the most popularly used alphabet rhyme in India.
Sugar on your bread.
Eat it all up
before you go to bed."
3. Baa Baa Black Sheep
The idea behind this rhyme is to teach kids that wool is obtained from sheep. It also teaches them about the sound a sheep makes (baa, baa). You can use this rhyme as a start before you introduce your child to other animals in a similar way (what sounds they make, how they look, etc)
"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
That lives down the lane."
4. Itsy Bitsy Spider
The rhyme has been a favourite amongst generations of kids. When sung along with the hand movements, it enables a young child to associate with the song and predict the nature of the continuing rhyme. Here is one part of the rhyme.
"The itsy bitsy spider went up the waterspout.
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Up came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again."
5. Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe
This is normally sung at the start of a game (like hide and seek, running and catching or lock and key) where they pick out the denner/seeker with the rhyme.
"Eeny, meeny, miny, moe
Catch a tiger by the toe
If he hollers let him go.
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe
My mother told me
To pick the very best one
And you are (not*) it."
*(They may either say “it” to pick the denner/seeker right away or “not it” to build up the suspense and make it more fun)