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!
I Have Ten Fingers (Body Rhymes – Fingers) from the Brooklyn Public Library, New York
I Have Ten Little Fingers (Body Rhymes – Fingers) from the Los Gatos Library, California
I Went to Visit the Farm One Day (Animals – Playing with a Book)
Jack and Jill (Fingerplay) from the King County Library System, Washington State
Jack and Jill (Fingerplay) from MsRhymetime
Jack Be Nimble (Interactive Rhyme) from the Scottsdale Public Library, Arizona
Jello in the Bowl, (standing up rhyme) from the King County Library System, Washington State
Little Bo Peep (Puppets, Colors, Numbers) from the Scottsdale Public Library, Arizona
Little Boy Blue (Flannel Board) from Worthington Libraries, Ohio
Little Drops of Rain, British Columbia Public Libraries
London Bridge(Knee Bounce) from the King County Library System, Washington State