Why nursery rhymes shouldn't be a thing of the past

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In the age of iPads and toys that light up, play music and talk back you may feel we’ve moved on from the humble old nursery rhyme. But many experts in early literacy and child development agree – they’re as important today as they ever were.

Nursery rhyme benefits

With benefits that range from boosting language skills to providing opportunities to practice fine motor skills, nursery rhymes are not just fun – they’re also great for growing brains.


  • It’s never too early to start
  • You don’t need to be a talented singer, your baby loves your voice
  • Babies and little ones learn from looking at your face
  • Sing slowly, do the actions and repeat often. Repetition and a slow pace helps your child learn and join in when they can
  • Join a Rhyme Time session at your local library

Brush up on old favourites and learn new nursery rhymes at a free session at your local library.

Tip: You can also try YouTube for inspiration and to learn the words and actions.

Search some of these favourites on YouTube:

Spoken Rhymes

  • Jelly on a Plate
  • I’m a Little Cuckoo Clock
  • Here is the Beehive
  • Baby’s Nap
  • Ten Little Fingers  

Singing Rhymes

  • 1,2,3,4,5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive
  • 5 Little Ducks
  • Baa Baa Pink Sheep
  • Galumph Went the Little Green Frog
  • I Went To Visit a Farm One Day
  • You’re My Little Baby
  • Miss Polly
  • Open/Shut Them
  • Wash Your Dirty Hands
  • Rain is Falling Down

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