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Twinkle, twinkle, little star, 
How I wonder what you are. 
Up above the world so high, 
Like a diamond in the sky. 

When the blazing sun is gone, 
When he nothing shines upon, 
Then you show your little light, 
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night. 

Then the traveller in the dark, 
Thanks you for your tiny spark,
He could not see which way to go, 
If you did not twinkle so. 

In the dark blue sky you keep, 
And often through my curtains peep, 
For you never shut your eye, 
'Till the sun is in the sky. 

As your bright and tiny spark, 
Lights the traveller in the dark. 
Though I know not what you are, 
Twinkle, twinkle, little star. 

Twinkle, twinkle, little star.
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

How I wonder what you are.
How I wonder what you are.

Alternative Lyrics:

Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How we wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.

When the glorious sun has set,
And the grass with dew is wet,
Then you show your little light,
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.

When the golden sun doth rise,
Fills with shining light the skies,
Then you fade away from sight,
Shine no more 'till comes the night.

Hints and Tips:

  • Poster for this nursery rhyme can be found in the Printables section on this site. See: Rhymes Posters

Three blind mice. Three blind mice. 
See how they run. See how they run. 
They all ran after the farmer's wife, 
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife, 
Did you ever see such a sight in your life, 
As three blind mice. 

Hints and Tips:

  • Poster for this nursery rhyme can be found in the Printables section on this site. See: Rhymes Posters

The Muffin Man

Category Rhymes and Songs

Do (or "Oh, do") you know the muffin man, 
The muffin man, the muffin man 
Do you know the muffin man, 
Who lives in Drury Lane? 

Yes (or "Oh, yes"), I know the muffin man, 
The muffin man, the muffin man, 
Yes, I know the muffin man, 
Who lives in Drury Lane 

Hints and Tips: 

  • Poster for this nursery rhyme can be found in the Printables section on this site. See: Rhymes Posters

Oh, The grand old Duke of York, 
He had ten thousand men; 
He marched them up to the top of the hill, 
And he marched them down again. 

And when they were up, they were up, 
And when they were down, they were down, 
And when they were only half-way up, 
They were neither up nor down. 

Hints and Tips:

  • "Act out" the rhyme by standing up, sitting down, and standing halfway up at the appropriate points in the verse. Sometimes the audience may be asked not to say various words in the poem, for example; they may be asked not to say 'up' and 'down'. The idea is to catch out the participants.
  • Poster for this nursery rhyme can be found in the Printables section on this site. See: Rhymes Posters

Ten In A Bed

Category Rhymes and Songs

There were ten in the bed (Hold up 10 fingers.) 
and the little one said, (Hold your hands close together, indicating 'small.') 
"Roll over, roll over" (Roll hands around each other, or each student turns to the right and says, "Roll over! Roll over!") 
So they all rolled over and one fell out. (Everyone rolls to the right and the student in the first chair 'falls out' of the bed.) 

Nine! (Hold up 10 fingers and then take one away, leaving 9.) 

There were nine in the bed (Hold up 9 fingers.) 
and the little one said,"Roll over, roll over" 
So they all rolled over and one fell out. 

Eight! (Hold up 9 fingers and then take one away, leaving 8.) 

There were eight in the bed (Hold up 8 fingers.) 
and the little one said,"Roll over, roll over" 
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

Seven! (Hold up 8 fingers and then take one away, leaving 7.)

There were seven in the bed (Hold up 7 fingers.)
and the little one said, "Roll over, roll over"
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

Six! (Hold up 7 fingers and then take one away, leaving 6.)

There were six in the bed (Hold up 6 fingers.)
and the little one said,"Roll over, roll over"
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

Five! (Hold up 6 fingers and then take one away, leaving 5.)

There were five in the bed (Hold up 5 fingers.)
and the little one said,"Roll over, roll over"
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

Four! (Hold up 5 fingers and then take one away, leaving 4.)
There were four in the bed (Hold up 4 fingers.)
and the little one said,"Roll over, roll over"
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

Three! (Hold up 4 fingers and then take one away, leaving 3.)

There were three in the bed (Hold up 3 fingers.)
and the little one said,"Roll over, roll over"
So they all rolled over and one fell out.

Two! (Hold up 3 fingers and then take one away, leaving 2.)

There were two in the bed (Hold up 2 fingers.)
and the little one said,"Roll over, roll over"
So they both rolled over and one fell out.

One! (Hold up 2 fingers and then take one away, leaving 1.)

There was one in the bed (Hold up 1 finger.)
and the little one said, "I'm lonely...(sigh)" 
(The one remaining student lays down on the chair, then everyone shouts "WAKE UP!" and the student falls out of bed.)

Alternative:

  • For last line, you can replace "I'm lonely...(sigh)" to "Good Night!".

Hints and Tips:

  • Poster for this nursery rhyme can be found in the Printables section on this site. See: Rhymes Posters

Sing a song of sixpence, 
A pocket full of rye. 
Four and twenty blackbirds, 
Baked in a pie. 

When the pie was opened, 
The birds began to sing; 
Wasn't that a dainty dish, 
To set before the king? 

The king was in his counting house, 
Counting out his money; 
The queen was in the parlour, 
Eating bread and honey. 

The maid was in the garden, 
Hanging out the clothes, 
When down came a blackbird 
And pecked off her nose. 

Alternative Lyrics: 

They sent for the king's doctor, 
who sewed it on again; 
He sewed it on so neatly, 
the seam was never seen. 

Alternative Lyrics:

There was such a commotion,
that little Jenny wren
Flew down into the garden,
and put it back again.

Hints and Tips:

  • Poster for this nursery rhyme can be found in the Printables section on this site. See: Rhymes Posters

See Saw Margery Daw, 
Jacky shall have a new master; 
Jacky shall earn but a penny a day, 
Because he can't work any faster. 

Hints and Tips: 

  • Poster for this nursery rhyme can be found in the Printables section on this site. See: Rhymes Posters

Rub A Dub Dub

Category Rhymes and Songs

Rub-a-dub-dub,Three men in a tub, 
And who do you think they were? 
The butcher, the baker, 
The candlestick-maker, 
They all sailed out to sea, 
'Twas enough to make a man stare. 

Alternative Lyrics: 

Hey! rub-a-dub, ho! rub-a-dub, three maids in a tub, 
And who do you think were there? 
The butcher, the baker, the candlestick-maker, 
And all of them gone to the fair. 

Alternative Lyrics: 

Rub a dub dub,
Three fools in a tub,And who do you think they be?
The butcher, the baker,
The candlestick maker.
Turn them out, knaves all three.

Hints and Tips:

  • Poster for this nursery rhyme can be found in the Printables section on this site. See: Rhymes Posters

Row, row, row your boat, 
Gently down the stream. 
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, 
Life is but a dream. 

Alternative Lyrics: 

Row, row, row your boat, 
Gently down the stream. 
If you see an alligator, 
Don't forget to scream. 

Alternative Lyrics: 

Row, row, row your boat, 
Gently down the stream. 
Throw your teacher overboard 
And listen to her scream. 

Alternative Lyrics:

Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
Verily, verily, verily, verily,
Life is but a dream.

Hints and Tips:

  • To use as an action song - to children sit across from each other, hold hands and rock backwards and forwards while singing this rhyme
  • Poster for this nursery rhyme can be found in the Printables section on this site. See: Rhymes Posters

Round and round the garden 
Like a teddy bear. 
One step, two step, 
Tickle you under there. 

Alternative Lyrics: 

Round about there 
Sat a little hare 
The bow-wows came and chased him 
Right up there. 

Hints and Tips: 

  • The nursery rhyme is accompanied by various actions, by the adult on the child or the child on the adult. The child/adult first lightly strokes his or her index finger in slow circles around the child/adult's upturned palm, then with each "step", walks their index and middle finger up the arm, firstly to the elbow and then to the shoulder. Finally after a short pause before the "tickle", they launch a (not unexpected) tickle under the arm.
  • Poster for this nursery rhyme can be found in the Printables section on this site. See: Rhymes Posters
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