Traditional nursery rhymes

Diddle Dumpling

Hot dumpling sellers in old London town used to cry out “Diddle Diddle Dumpling” when selling their wares. The John in this rhyme sounds as though he may have been a bit diddled the night …

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Curly Locks

An unsubstantiated theory is that Curly Locks could be Charles II. One version of the rhyme was used as a courtship rhyme in Cumberland in the early 19th century. “Curly Locks” Lyrics Curly Locks, Curly …

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Clap Hands

“Clap Hands” rhyme has many different variations but all start with the words ‘clap hands’. It’s used as a way of entertaining young children by taking hold of their hands and clapping them together while …

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Yankee Doodle

One of the most popular and beloved songs, especially in the USA, the “Yankee Doodle” is a patriotic rhyme, first found in written form in 1775. The first known version of Yankee Doodle is attributed …

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A Wise Old Owl

“A Wise Old Owl” is a nursery rhyme original from the USA. We are not sure of its exact origins but most probably it dates back to the 19th century. It was first mentioned by …

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Wind the Bobbin Up

“Wind the Bobbin Up” is a nursery rhyme and one of the favorites singing games and gesture-play songs for children, dating back to the late 19th century, England. Besides the fact that “Wind the Bobbin …

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