Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes

Annette McDermott
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Mother Goose nursery rhymes are a childhood tradition, and you probably have fond memories of the rhymes being recited to you by your parents, grandparents, or nursery school teacher. Today, young children still enjoy the singsong pattern of the words, and little ones find the rhymes easy to memorize and repeat to the delight of everyone around them.

Four Popular Mother Goose Rhymes

If you're struggling to remember the words of your favorite mother goose nursery rhymes, following are the words to four popular rhymes.

All Around the Mulberry Bush

All around the mulberry bush
The monkey chased the weasel.
The monkey thought 'twas all in fun.
Pop! goes the weasel.
A penny for a spool of thread,
A penny for a needle.
That's the way the money goes.
Pop! goes the weasel.
Up and down the City Road,
In and out of the Eagle,
That's the way the money goes.
Pop! goes the weasel.
Half a pound of tuppenney rice,
Half a pound of treacle,
Mix it up and make it nice,
Pop! goes the weasel.

Baa, Baa Black Sheep

Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes, sir, yes, sir,
Three bags full.
One for my master,
One for my dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives in the lane.
Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes, sir, yes, sir,
Three bags full.

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.

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.
Up Jack got
And home did trot
As fast as he could caper
Went to bed
And plastered his head
With vinegar and brown paper.

Additional Nursery Rhymes

Simply click on the pdf image at the right. You can download or print these additional nursery rhymes. If you need help downloading the printable, check out these helpful tips. The printable has several of the best-loved nursery rhymes, including:

  • Bye, Baby Bunting
  • Hickory, Dickory, Dock
  • Hot Cross Buns
  • Humpty Dumpty
  • Little Boy Blue
  • Little Jack Horner
  • Little Miss Muffet
  • Little Bo Peep
  • Mary, Mary Quite Contrary
  • Old Mother Hubbard
  • One, Two Buckle My Shoe
  • Pat-a-Cake
  • Pease Pudding Hot
  • Peter Piper
  • Rock-a-bye, Baby

Popular Nursery Rhyme Books

You can create wonderful memories by spending time with the children in your life reading a book of nursery rhymes.

My Very First Mother Goose

My Very First Mother Goose received a 1997 ALS Notable Children's Books Award. It features beautiful watercolors by Rosemary Wells and contains over sixty popular nursery rhymes. The book is suitable for ages two and up, and the hardcover edition retails for around $17.

The Neighborhood Mother Goose

The Neighborhood Mother Goose adds an updated, multi-cultural twist to popular Mother Goose rhymes. Publisher's Weekly noted it for its strong beat and sense of action and fun. The book is for ages four to eight, and it retails for around $13.

Mother Goose's Little Treasures

Mother Goose's Little Treasures highlights the lesser-known nursery rhymes. Kirkus Reviews gave kudos to the book for its rhythmic verse, and the ability of the illustrations to reflect the "otherworldliness" of the rhymes. The book retails for about $14.

Mother Goose Nursery Rhyme Links

If you prefer to learn about nursery rhymes on your computer or tablet, there are several websites that feature Mother Goose nursery rhymes. Here are some to consider:

  • Mother Goose Club: Created by a mom and former teacher, Mother Goose Club airs on some local PBS stations. The franchise also features a YouTube page where kids can watch action videos of favorite nursery rhymes.
  • Dreamhouse Nursery Rhymes: This site features an alphabetical listing of popular Mother Goose nursery rhymes.
  • Enchanted Learning: This site not only offers illustrated versions of Mother goose rhymes but also rhyme printouts, rhyming games, and an online rhyme painting activity.

Timeless Reading Treasures

Mother Goose rhymes invoke childhood nostalgia in countless numbers of people around the world. The whimsy and creativity of the rhymes is timeless and will no doubt continue to spark the imagination of children for generations to come.

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Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes