46 Popular Nursery Rhymes for Kids

Kids enjoy singing and reading nursery rhymes. They enjoy acting them and teachers enjoy using nursery rhymes to teach their students. Rhymes are simple and help students improve their linguistic and memory skills. They also contribute to children’s spatial and musical skills. Some nursery rhymes have a moral lesson, and for others the meaning is not so clear, but they are truly comical.

Here are 45 popular nursery rhymes over the years, their origins and their meanings. There are more, but this selection will be enjoyable for both children and their teachers.

Nursery Rhymes List

Bye Baby Bunting

Hickory Dickory Dock

Little Miss Muffet

Hey Diddle Diddle

Ring-a-ring O’ Roses

One Two Buckle My Shoe

Solomon Grundy

Come Out To Play

To Market

Cobbler Cobbler


Three Blind Mice

Jack and Jill

Baa Baa Black Sheep

This is the Way

The Mulberry Bush

Sing a Song of Sixpence

One Two Three

Little Bo-Peep

Little Boy Blue

Pease Porridge

Jack Sprat

Old Mother Hubbard

Five Toes

Simple Simon

Ladybird, Ladybird


Hot-cross Buns

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary

Coffee and Tea

The House that Jack Built

Itsy Bitsy Spider

One Misty Moisty Morning

Old King Cole

A Week of Birthdays

What Are Little Boys Made Of

For Want of A Nail

The Pumpkin-Eater

Little Tom Tucker

Wee Willie Winkie

Birds of A Feather

Where Are You Going

Diddle Diddle Dumpling

A Candle

Humpty Dumpty