Nursery Rhyme Lyrics and Words
A nursery rhyme is a traditional song or poem taught to children (originally in the nursery). Learning nursery rhymes assists in the development of vocabulary and other skills such as counting. An example of a counting rhyme is One Two Buckle My Shoe. Rhymes also introduce children to the enjoyment music brings along with actions and/or dances.
Hey Diddle Diddle is a popular nursery rhyme. Many cultures feature children's songs that are passed down from one generation to the next (either from parent to child, or from older kids to younger children). In the English language, the term nursery rhyme often refers to those of European origin, and the best known examples are English and originated in or after the 17th century. Rhyme origins were possibly a form of oral political cartoon and come from an era when free speech could have the speaker imprisoned. Nursery rhymes are often violent in nature, for example, in Jack and Jill, Jack fell down and "Broke his crown"- meaning breaking his skull. Other nursery rhymes are substantially older. Sing a Song of Sixpence exists in written records going back as far as the Middle Ages. Arguably the most famous collection of nursery rhymes is that of Mother Goose. Some well known nursery rhymes originated in the United States of America, such as Mary had a little lamb