Nursery rhymes have been a nursery staple for centuries. Traditionally, they were used to teach children moral lessons, and nursery rhymes also helped the children with their speech development by repeating words that they couldn't say correctly. Nursery rhymes are still being sung today from generation to generation all over the world!
In this blog post, we will highlight 9 of the most popular nursery rhymes in history.
Why are nursery rhymes important?
Nursery rhymes are great time killers. You can sing nursery rhyme songs to your kids while they're playing or running around, which helps them burn off some of their excess energy! Nursery Rhyme Songs also help you bond with your children and create family memories that will last a lifetime. Here is our list of the top nursery rhymes in history.
1. Baa Baa Black Sheep
This nursery rhyme has been passed down through generations worldwide since it was first written during Medieval times (12th century). The song's lyrics represent real life as "baa baa" would essentially refer to sheepherders who were paid by how many animals they had under their care at any given time. The nursery rhyme is first believed to have been written and published by a British woman named Sarah Josepha Hale in 1830 as part of her book called Poems for Our Children, or Mother Goose Melodies.
2. Jack and Jill
The nursery rhyme tells the story of two children playing on their way to get some fresh milk from their family's cows. While climbing back down the small hill they lived near, Jack slipped off, causing him serious injury, while Jill followed suit right behind him due to not stopping herself! This nursery rhyme was passed along via word-of-mouth and then published in 1881.
3. Humpty Dumpty
The nursery rhyme tells the story of a young egg who fell off of a wall where he sat with other eggs his size. Some relatively small children found him, but unfortunately, Humpty didn't make it even though they tried their best to help him! The nursery rhyme has been passed along orally since the early 1600s, although it's not entirely sure who made up this particular nursery rhyme.
4. What Are Little Boys Made Of? What Are Little Girls Made Of?
This nursery rhyme is a very old one, which first started being written down back in 1775. It contains lyrics that are both humorous and serious, including references to God and the afterlife. Several theories exist about this nursery rhyme, including one which states that it references cannibalism during the war when soldiers would eat their fallen enemies to take on some of their strength.
5. Little Miss Muffet
The origins of this nursery rhyme are not entirely sure, but many believe that it dates back to around 1805 when Mary was Queen of England and Ireland. It is thought to have referred to either Lady Elizabeth Curzon or even Marie Antoinette, who were both quite famous at the time. This nursery rhyme became incredibly popular after being published in 1830 within "Original Mother Goose".
6. The Wheels On The Bus
Many theories surround this nursery rhyme, including that of bus drivers unhappy about their working conditions back in 1960s England which led them to write songs for children's music groups around the country. It eventually turned into an incredibly successful nursery rhyme after appearing on "Play School".
7. Over In The Meadow
From 1927-1955 there were over 100 different versions of this nursery song created by various artists across America, they all had very similar lyrics, but the tune and arrangements were slightly different. This nursery rhyme is about a young girl who goes out to play with her friends over in the meadow, they all participate in various fun activities until it gets dark, and it's time for them to go home again.
8. When I'm Sixty Four
This nursery rhyme was written by Paul McCartney as one of his first compositions back when he joined The Beatles, at that point, none of them had any idea how successful their band would become, so having a song based around being old seemed quite ironic! It's been said that this nursery rhyme actually reflects upon another situation from 1964, which involved Paul proposing marriage to girlfriend Jane Asher. Still, she turned him down because she wanted someone older than him.
9. Old MacDonald Had a Farm
This nursery rhyme has been popular for many years and appears in several styles, such as Old MacDonald Had a Farm, E-I-E-I Oo, or even R^u$sy the Cow. It's said to be about an English farmer who was known to have owned lots of animals which included cows, chickens, and pigs but no ducks! The nursery rhyme is usually sung by children when pretending they are on the land and trying out their animal sounds whilst playing with toys.
There are many nursery rhymes out there for kids, but these three seem to be among the most popular ones! As your child grows older, they will appreciate all of them even more as well. So lets fill their childhood with the best tunes to sing along with.