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Bright Horizons Nursery Rhymes

Singing songs is not only fun, research indicates that melodies and inflections can help your child to improve their language and communication skills








Little Donkey

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Little Donkey
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Little donkey, little donkey
On the dusty road
Got to keep on plodding onwards
With your precious load.

Been a long time, little donkey
Through the winter’s night
Don’t give up now, little donkey
Bethlehem’s in sight.

Chorus
Ring out those bells tonight
Bethlehem, Bethlehem
Follow that star tonight
Bethlehem, Bethlehem.

Little donkey, little donkey
Had a heavy day
Little donkey
Carry Mary safely on her way.

Little donkey, little donkey
On the dusty road
There are wise men waiting for a
Sign to bring them here.

Do not falter, little donkey
There’s a star ahead
It will guide you, little donkey
To a cattle shed.

Chorus
Ring out those bells tonight
Bethlehem, Bethlehem
Follow that star tonight
Bethlehem, Bethlehem

Away in a Manger

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Away in a Manger
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Away in a manger, no crib for a bed,
The little Lord Jesus laid down his sweet head.

The stars in the sky looked down where he lay,
The little Lord Jesus asleep in the hay.

The cattle are lowing, the baby awakes,
But little Lord Jesus no crying he makes.

I love Thee, Lord Jesus, look down from the sky
And stay by my side until morning is nigh.

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask Thee to stay
Close by me forever, and love me, I pray.

Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,
And take us to heaven, to live with Thee there.

5 Little Bells

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5 Little Bells
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Five little bells hanging in a row.
The first one said, “Ring me slow.”
The second one said, “Ring me fast.”
The third one said, “Ring me last.”
The fourth one said, “I’m a chime.”
The fifth one said, “Ring me at Christmas time.”
The sixth one said, “Ring me with the others.”
The seventh one said, “Ring me for the mothers.”
The eighth one said, “Ring me with a song.”

5 Little Christmas Trees

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5 Little Christmas Trees
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5 little Christmas Trees
Standing all alone
Their hearts were very sad
’Cause they hadn’t found a home.
Then chop went the axe
And down fell the tree
And off they went with a happy family!
(continue from 4-1 Christmas Trees)

No little Christmas Trees
Standing all alone
Their hearts were very happy
’Cause they all found a home!!!

Toys on the Christmas Tree

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Toys on the Christmas Tree
(To the tune of ‘This Old Man’)

This little drum on the tree
Santa put it there for me
With a boom-boom, rat-a-tat
Rummy-tummy-tum
Christmas Day is so much fun!

This little train on the tree
Santa put it there for me
With a chug-chug, choo-choo
Rummy-tummy-tum
Christmas Day is so much fun!

This little doll on the tree
Santa put it there for me
With a Ma-ma, Ma-ma
Rummy-tummy-tum
Christmas Day is so much fun!

5 Little Elves

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5 Little Elves
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5 Little Elves hitching up the sleigh,
1 got up and ran away,
Rudolph called Santa and Santa said, “All my reindeer must be fed!“

(continue on until there is only 1 elf left...)

1 Little Elf hitching up the sleigh, he got up and ran away, Rudolph called Santa and heard him say, “We must get
ready for Christmas Day!“

I Had a Little Snowman

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I Had a Little Snowman
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I had a little snowman
He had a carrot nose.
Along came a bunny, and what do you suppose?
That hungry little bunny,
Looking for his lunch,
Ate that snowman’s nose. . . NIBBLE, NIBBLE, CRUNCH!!

Christmas Bells

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Christmas Bells
(to the tune of ‘Ten Little Indians’)

One bell, two bells, three Christmas bells.
Four bells, five bells, six Christmas bells.
Seven bells, eight bells, nine Christmas bells.
Ten Christmas bells to ring.

Christmas Presents

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Christmas Presents
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See all the presents by the Christmas tree. (Hands in sweeping motion.)
Some for you (Point to children.)
And some for me. (Point to self.)
Long ones, (Hands spread wide apart.)
Tall ones, (Measure from the floor.)
Short ones, too. (Hands close together.)
And here is a round one (Make circle with arms.)
Wrapped in blue.
Isn’t it fun to look and see
All the presents by the Christmas tree? (Nod.)

Father Christmas

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Father Christmas
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Father Christmas, Father Christmas
He got stuck, he got stuck
Coming down the chimney, coming down the chimney
What bad luck, what bad luck!

Here is the Chimney

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Here is the Chimney
(to the tune of ‘I’m a Little Teapot’)

Here is the chimney. (Make fist, enclose thumb)
Here is the top. (Palm of hand on top of fist)
Open the lid. (Remove hand quickly)
And out Santa will pop! (Pop up thumb)

12345 Once I Caught A Fish Alive

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12345 Once I Caught A Fish Alive
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1, 2, 3, 4, 5 once I caught a fish alive
6, 7, 8, 9, 10 then I let it go again.

Why did you let it go,
Because it bit my finger so,
Which finger did it bite,
This little finger on my right.

Are You Sleeping?

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Are You Sleeping?
(to the tune of ‘Frere Jacques’)

Are you sleeping?
No more peeking,
Or I’ll tell, or I’ll tell.
Santa Claus is coming.
Santa Claus is coming.
Hear his bells.
Hear his bells.

Dingle Dangle Scarecrow

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Dingle Dangle Scarecrow
Written by Mollie Russell-Smith

When all the cows were sleeping and the sun had gone to bed
Up jumped a scarecrow and this is what he said:
“I’m a dingle dangle scarecrow with a flippy floppy hat,
I can wave my hands like this and I shake my feet like that.”

When all the hens where roosting and the moon was behind the clouds
Up jumped a scarecrow and shouted very loud:
“I’m a dingle dangle scarecrow with a flippy floppy hat,
I can wave my hands like this and I shake my feet like that.”

Hello Song

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Hello Song
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Hello... (child’s name)
Hello... (child’s name)
Hello... (child’s name)
And how are you today?

Here's a Little Candle

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Here's a Little Candle
(to the tune of ‘I’m a Little Teapot’)

Here’s a little candle dressed in white,
Wearing a hat of yellow light.
When the night is dark, then you will see
Just how bright this light can be.

Here’s a little candle straight and tall,
Shining its light upon us all.
When the night is dark, then you will see
Just how bright this light can be.

Here’s a little candle burning bright.
Keeping us safe all through the night.
When the night is dark, then you will see
Just how bright this light can be!
One said, “Ring me all day long.”

Hey Diddle Diddle

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Hey Diddle Diddle
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Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed to see such fun
And the dish ran away with the spoon!

Kolorowe kredki

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Kolorowe kredki
Sing a long (Polish)

Kolorowe kredki
w pudeleczku nosze.
Kolorowe kredki
bardzo lubia mnie.
Kolorowe kredki,
kiedy je poprosze,
namaluja wszystko,
to co chce.

Namaluja domek.
I na plocie kota.
I wesole slonko
na pochmurne dni.
A gdy w Kosmos leciec
przyjdzie mi ochota,
prawdziwa rakiete
namaluja mi.
O!

Kolorowe kredki
w pudeleczku nosze.
Kolorowe kredki
bardzo lubia mnie.
Kolorowe kredki,
kiedy je poprosze,
namaluja wszystko,
to co chce.

Kiedy jestem smutny,
zawsze mnie pociesza,
siadamy przy stole
i one, i ja.
Maluja cudaki:
malpke taka smieszna,
slonia na hustawce
i w rakiecie lwa.

Little Arabella Miller

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Little Arabella Miller
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Little Arabella Miller had a woolly caterpillar
First it crawled upon her mother then upon her baby brother
All said “Arabella Miller, take away that caterpillar!“

Miss Polly

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Miss Polly
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Miss Polly had a dolly who was sick, sick, sick
So she phoned for the doctor to come quick, quick quick.
The doctor came with his bag and his hat
And he knocked on the door with a rat-a-tat-tat!
He looked at the dolly and he shook his head
And he said “Miss Polly put her straight to bed!”
He wrote on a paper for a pill, pill, pill
“I’ll be back in the morning yes I will, will, will!”

Ride a Cock-Horse to Banbury Cross

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Ride a Cock-Horse to Banbury Cross
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Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross
To see a fine lady upon a white horse
With rings on her fingers and bells on her toes
She shall have music wherever she goes

Roly Poly

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Roly Poly
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Roly poly, roly poly, up up up
Roly poly, roly poly, down down down.
Roly poly, roly poly, clap clap clap,
Roly poly, roly poly, hands behind your back.

Tidy Up Song

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Tidy Up Song
Sing a long

Put them in the basket 1, 2, 3
Put them in the basket for you and me

[Repeat] until the activity/toys have been put away.

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
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Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are!

Wind the Bobbin Up

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Wind the Bobbin Up
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Wind the bobbin up, wind the bobbin up
Pull, pull, clap, clap, clap
Wind it back again, wind it back again
Pull, pull, clap, clap, clap.
Point to the ceiling, point to the floor
Point to the window, point to the door
Clap your hands together 1…2…3…
Place them gently on your knee.

Zoom Zoom

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Zoom Zoom
Sing a long

Zoom zoom zoom we’re going to the moon
Zoom zoom zoom we’ll be there very soon
5, 4, 3, 2, 1 whoosh!

Little Green Frog

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Little Green Frog
Sing a long

Mm mm went the little green frog one day
Mm mm went the little green frog
Mm mm went the little green frog one day
And the little green frog went mm mm ah!

But we know frogs go whoosh lardy dardy da
Whoosh lardy dardy da, whoosh lardy dardy da
We know frogs go whoosh lardy dardy da,
They don’t go mm mm ah!