A Carrot in a Garden

Lyrics:

A carrot in a garden And a rabbit in the wood.

Said the rabbit, "Beg your pardon, But you're surely meant for food;

Though you've started in to harden,

You may still be very good."

A Candle

Lyrics:

Little Nanny Etticoat

In a white petticoat,

And a red nose.

The longer she stands

The shorter she grows.

Answer : The Candle

A Bundle Of Hay

Lyrics:

A bundle of hay From Baffin's Bay,

A Johnny-cake from Rome, 

A man and a mule From Ultima Thule 

To carry the cargo home.

A Big Fat Potato

Lyrics:

A big, fat potato lay down on a clod

In the shade of some burdock and tall goldenrod,

And he dreamed he were King of the whole garden plot,

With a palace and throne,

And a crown with a lot of jewels and diamonds and gold till it shone

Like the front of a show when the lights are turned on.

He had to be minded by all of the plants;

When he whistled the radishes knew they must dance;

When he tooted his horn the cucumbers must sing

To a vegetable crowd gathered round in a ring.

He made all the cabbages stand in a row

While a sunflower instructed them just how to grow;

The bright yellow pumpkins he painted light blue;

Took the clothes off the scare-crow and made him buy new.

He strutted and sputtered and thought it was grand

To be king and commander o'er all the wide land.

But at last he woke up with an awful surprise

 And found a blind mole kicking sand in his eyes.

A Beetle Once Sat on a Barberry Twig

Lyric:

A beetle once sat on a barberry twig,

And turned at the crank of a thingum-a-jig.

Needles for hornets, nippers for ants,

For the bumblebee baby a new pair of pants,

For the grizzled old gopher a hat and a wig,

The beetle ground out of his thingum-a-jig !

A Beetle and a Broomstraw

Lyrics:

A Robin and a Wren, as they walked along one night.

Saw a big brown beetle on a broomstraw.

Said the Robin to the Wren, "What a pretty, pretty sight- That big brown beetle on a broomstraw!"

So they got their plates and knives,

Their children and their wives,

And gobbled up the beetle on the broomstraw.

Keeping the Tradition of Nursery Rhymes Alive


As you sing nursery rhymes to your infant or teach a familiar rhyme to a toddler, you're following the tradition of past centuries, dating as far back as the Middle Ages. While the origins may have become murky over the years, PBS Parents stresses the importance of this ritual for a common activity that spans multiple generations among families.

The Surprising Origin of Nursery Rhymes

Nursery Rhymes like Jack and Jill and Humpty Dumpty have been popular for centuries but have you ever paid attention to their true origin when teaching them to young children. L.K. Alchin from Nursery Rhymes, Lyrics, and Origins discusses some of the violent and controversial origins. For example, Jack and Jill has French origins, and the two characters are thought to be the beheaded King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. The first version of the nursery rhyme was written in 1795, shortly after the beheadings, and the nursery rhyme became more child-friendly over the years.
Other nursery rhymes have controversial connotations such as Humpty Dumpty insinuating someone was obese, or Ring Around the Rosie, which was originally about the bubonic plaque. However, PBS Parents cautions that parents shouldn't share these origins with young children and just let them enjoy the silly rhymes.

Teaching Children Nursery Rhymes

As children want to learn to talk just like their parents and teachers, nursery rhymes allow them to say several words at once and it's fun. You can start by introducing one or two rhymes a week, beginning with a traditional one like Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. Begin by saying the nursery rhyme so your child learns the words and the rhyme pattern, and then you can sing them and add fun hand motions.
Nursery rhymes accelerate phonemic awareness improving children’s word comprehension, reading and writing skills. Also, nursery rhymes with actions teach children basic skills; boosts memory, listening skills and following directions. This song is great for brain breaks, morning meeting, indoor recess and literacy awareness. Toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten age children will giggle with joy as they participate in this super simple, easy to learn, nursery rhyme song that makes learning fun and exciting.

Benefits of Nursery Rhymes

PBS Parents states that nursery rhymes are fun for young children to learn and say, which is why it's imperative that you continue the time-old tradition of teaching them to your children. It helps strengthen relationships because these are active songs that grandparents or even great-grandparents can share with a young child.
Children learn important memorization skills from nursery rhymes from the time they're young. Often nursery rhymes are one of the first kinds of books read to infants and toddlers. Because of that, they associate nursery rhymes with not only funny rhymes but colorful pictures or imaginative hand movements so toddlers and preschoolers improve their language skills and their confidence as they act out nursery rhymes.