Children's Songs and Nursery Rhymes

Children’s Songs and Rhymes

Welcome to, a page that brings together the most valuable rhymes and songs for children!

Passed down from generation to generation, nursery rhymes and children’s songs are a beloved part of childhood that has amused and entertained little ones for centuries. These simple, catchy verses with playful lyrics were meant to be easy to learn and sing for young children.

Many seem to come from ballads and printed songbooks (fully established genres by the 1700s), while others can be found in plays or folk songs. The origins of nursery rhymes vary enormously; some can be traced back to ancient riddles, and others to singing games.

Occasionally, historical origins to nursery rhymes can be traced: thus, The Grand Old Duke of York was almost certainly Frederick Augustus, the son of George III, who led an unsuccessful campaign (1793-95) against the French in the Low Countries. On the other hand, the early 18th-century notion that Old King Cole was about the mythical founder of Colchester is impossible to sustain. The “fine lady” riding her horse to Banbury Cross (destroyed by local puritans around 1600) has sometimes been identified as Queen Elizabeth I, Lady Godiva, and even the traveler Celia Fiennes (1662-1741). But all are highly speculative.

They were used to teach children language, rhyme, and counting. Many of the most famous nursery rhymes, such as ”Mary Had a Little Lamb” and ”Humpty Dumpty,” has been around for hundreds of years.

Nursery rhymes and children’s songs are fun and engaging for young children and provide essential developmental benefits. Singing along can be an important tool to help children improve their language and listening skills, as well as their memory and concentration. It can also help children develop a love of music, which can benefit their overall emotional and cognitive development.

Whether you’re a parent, teacher, or caregiver, we hope you and the children will enjoy exploring and singing along with these timeless classics. Happy singing!