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Nursery rhymes are perfect for babies and toddlers. They are short and simple to recite or sing. They include words that begin and end with the same sounds, helping children’s brains to recognize syllables and hear similarities in patterns. Familiarity with nursery rhymes can lead to phonological awareness. The repetition in nursery rhymes helps increase a child’s vocabulary.  Research shows that children who enter kindergarten knowing nursery rhymes will have an easier time learning how to read.

Mother Goose on the Loose® is based on nursery rhymes that are presented in a variety of different ways.  Below are links to different rhymes presented by many people in a wide range of styles. If they do not open simply by clicking on the link, try pressing the Control Key and clicking at the same time!

Rhyme of the Month

 

Full List

A-D   E   F   G   H   I-L   M-P   Q-T   U-Z

E

Elephant (Animals)from the Johnson County Library, Kansas

 

The Elephant (Puppet Rhyme) from the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Maryland

 

 

Eye Winker, Tom Tinker (Body Rhymes: Face) from the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Maryland

 

F

Farmer Plants a Seed (Standing Up) Arlington Public Library, Virginia

Fe Fi Fo Fum (Body Rhymes – Fingers) Edmonton Public Library, Canada

Five Fat Peas in a Pea Pod Pressed (Finger Play) Edmonton Public Library, Canada

Five Fat Sausages (Fingerplay) from the King County Library System, Washington State

Five Fat Sausages (Soft Sculpture) from the Scottsdale Public Library, Arizona

Five Green and Speckled Frogs (Animal Songs) from the Champaign Library, Illinois

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (Puppets) Mooresville Public Library, Indiana

Five Little Peas (Fingerplay) from the Hennepin County Library, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Five Little Puppies (Animals)from the Johnson County Library, Kansas

From Wibbleton to Wobbleton, (Knee bounce), Paw Paw, Michigan

 

 

G

Good Morning, Mrs. Perky Bird (Puppets)from the Scottsdale Public Library, Arizona

Goosey, Goosey Gander (Fingerplay) from Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Baltimore

Grand Old Duke of York (Knee Bounce) from the Brooklyn Public Library, New York

Grand Old Duke of York (Knee Bounce) from Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Baltimore, Maryland

 

 

H

Here is My Turtle (Animals)from the New Albany YSL.

Here is the Beehive (Tickle Rhyme) Musser Public Library, Iowa

Here’s a Cup, British Columbia Public Libraries

Hey Diddle Diddle (Knee Bounce) from the Brooklyn Public Library, New York

Hickory Dickory Dare (Animals) Maryland State Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped

Hickory Dickory Dock (Flannel Board) from the Muskingum County Library

Horsey, Horsey, British Columbia Public Libraries

Hot Cross Buns (Tickle Rhyme with child and soft sculpture) from the Scottsdale Public Library, Arizona

Humpty Dumpty (Knee Bounce)Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Baltimore, Maryland

Humpty Dumpty (Sensory Activity) from the Scottsdale Public Library, Arizona

 

 

 Click here for more songs and rhymes from the King County Library System

Click here for more fingerplays from the Hennepin County Library

Click here for more fingerplays from the Johnson County Library

Click here for more songs and rhymes from the Scottsdale Public Library

Click here for more songs and rhymes from the San Bernadino County Library