Classic Nursery Rhymes & Rhyming Ideas for Preschoolers:

Kids classic nursery rhymes and preschool rhymes for teaching children and fun in the classroom.Classic nursery rhymes and preschool rhymes are fun ideas to use with teaching your preschool children, toddlers and young kids in elementary school and home.

Kids really enjoy the rhyming and the fun stories found within these classic nursery rhymes. These kinds of activities as well as poems usually work well to help keep a child’s attention just as it would while telling a story.

The way that each of the individual nursery rhymes flows will keep your preschool children’s focus and make them eager to learn more of these fun preschool poems and rhymes. These are great ways to spend some time with your children before bed, great to use for rainy days or for a fun, educational preschool circle.

Added Teaching Tips:

Some of the nursery rhymes and poems listed on this learning page have a few tips added below to give parents, e.c.e educators and teachers some ideas on how they can use the rhymes to teach something new and to discuss new ideas with the preschoolers and children in their care.

Classic Nursery Rhymes for Kids:


A Diller a Dollar: (Classic Nursery Rhymes)

A diller, a dollar A ten o’clock scholar

What makes you come so soon? You used to come at ten o’clock but now you come at noon.


*Parents-Teachers Tip:

Show times on a clock to get children familiar with clock and hands of clock



Sing A Song Of Sixpence:

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;

Was not 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 parlor, Eating bread and honey.

The maid was in the garden Hanging out the clothes;

Down came a blackbird, And pecked off her nose.



The Man in the Wilderness:

The man in the wilderness asked of me,

How many strawberries grew in the sea.

I answered him’ As I thought good,

As many as red herrings Grew in the wood.



A Wise Owl:

A wise owl lived in an oak;

The more he saw the less he spoke;

The less he spoke the more he herd.

Why can’t we all be like that wise old bird?

Pease Pudding Hot:

Pease pudding hot, pease pudding cold,

Pease pudding in the pot, nine days old.

Some like it hot, some like it cold,

Some like it in the pot, nine days old.

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man:

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man,
Make me a cake as fast as you can.

Pat it, and prick it, and mark it with a T,
And put it in the oven for Baby and me.



Change the letter T for the letter of a child’s name in your group. Replace the name Baby with the child’s name. *Repeat to give all children a turn with their name.


Jack Spratt:

Jack Spratt could eat no fat,
His wife could eat no lean,

And so, between them both,
They licked the platter clean.



Molly, My Sister, and I Fell Out:

Molly, my sister, and I fell out,
And what do you think it was all about?

She loved coffee and I loved tea,
And that was the reason we could not agree.


Teaching Tip:

(Talk about the rhyme and why the sisters are not getting along. Bring out the point that it is okay to have different likes and dislikes but everyone can remain friends and not like these two sisters who are not getting along over coffee and tea)



Two Little Bluebirds:

Two little blue birds
Sat upon a wall,

One called Peter,
One called Paul.

Fly away Peter,
Fly away Paul;

Come back Peter,
Come back Paul.


Hot Cross Buns:

Hot cross buns,
Hot cross buns,

One a penny, two a penny,
Hot cross buns;

If your daughters don’t like them,
Give them to your sons.

One a penny, two a penny,
Hot cross buns.



Rock-a-bye Baby, the Cradle is Green

Rock-a-bye baby, the cradle is green,
Father’s a nobleman,
Mothers a Queen.

Johnny’s a drummer, and
Drums for the King

And Betty’s a lady,
and wears a gold ring.



Hey Diddle Diddle
High diddle diddle,
The Cat and the Fiddle,
The Cow jump’d over the Moon,
The little dog laugh’d to see such fun.
And the Dish ran away with the Spoon.
Little Miss Muffet
Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey;
Along came a spider
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away.



Three Little Kittens
Three little kittens they lost their mittens
And they began to cry,
Oh, mother dear, we sadly fear
That we have lost our mittens
What! lost your mittens, you naughty kittens!
Then you shall have no pie.
Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow.
No, you shall have no pie.


The three little kittens they found their mittens,
And they began to cry,
Oh, mother dear, see here, see here,
Fort we have found our mittens.
Put on your mittens, you silly kittens,
And you shall have some pie.
Purr-r, purr-r, purr-r,
Oh, let us have some pie.


The three little kittens put on their mittens,
And soon ate up the pie;
Oh, mother dear, we greatly fear
That we have soiled our mittens.
What! soiled your mittens, you naughty kittens!
Then they began to sigh,
Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow.
Then they began to sigh.


The three little kittens they washed their mittens,
And hung them out to dry;
Oh! mother dear, do you not hear,
That we have washed our mittens.
What! washed your mittens, then you’re good kittens,
But I smell a rat close by.
Mee-ow, mee-ow, mee-ow.
We smell a rat close by