Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes: A List of 100 nursery rhymes to boost your child’s language development

Mother Goose nursery rhymes are extremely popular these days. And rightfully so.

Through nursery rhymes, children learn many aspects of language such as rhythm, vocabulary. the structure of language and more.

When singing and reading with our little ones, we engage together in a fun and meaningful interaction like no other. Some nursery rhymes are accompanied by hand movements, while others contain uncommon words perfect for language development.

The sooner we introduce them, the better.

Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes Written on Colorful background

If you are only starting out and are seeking a list of most popular nursery rhymes, you’ve come to the right place. I collected this list of 100 famous nursery rhymes to read or sing with your child daily.

And don’t worry if you are struggling with lyrics or can’t remember the tunes. Just check out my most favorite Youtube channel for children’s songs and rhymes to help you out.

And lastly, I will point you to the best nursery rhymes activities from around the web such as coloring pages, sequencing cards, and nursery rhymes crafts.

A List of 100 Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes

To download the whole list, go to the end of this post and you’ll get your PDF there.

  1. A Diller, a Dollar
  2. A-Tisket A-Tasket
  3. A Wise Old Owl
  4. Baa Baa Black Sheep
  5. Bobby Shafto
  6. Boys and Girls Come Out to Play
  7. Brother John
  8. Cobbler, Cobbler
  9. Cold And Raw the North Wind Blows
  10. Curly Locks, Curly Locks
  11. Daffy-down-dilly
  12. Dance to Your Daddy
  13. Diddle, Diddle, Dumpling
  14. Down at the Station
  15. Early to Bed
  16. Georgie Porgie
  17. Handy-Spandy, Jacky Dandy
  18. Hickety Pickety My Black Hen
  19. Hickory Dickory Dock
  20. Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
  21. Hey Diddle Diddle
  22. Hot Cross Buns!
  23. Humpty Dumpty
  24. Hush-A-By Baby
  25. I Am a Little Teapot
  26. I Had a Little Hen
  27. I Had a Little Nut Tree
  28. I See the Moon
  29. It’s Raining, It’s Pouring
  30. Itsy Bitsy Spider
  31. Jack and Jill
  32. Jack Be Nimble
  33. Jack Sprat
  34. Ladybug, Ladybug
  35. Lavender’s Blue
  36. Little Bo Peep
  37. Little Boy Blue
  38. Little Girl, Little Girl
  39. Little Jack Horner
  40. Little King Pippin
  41. Little Miss Muffet
  42. Little Nancy Etticoat
  43. Little Poll Parrot
  44. London Bridge Is Falling Down
  45. Lucy Locket
  46. Mary Had a Little Lamb
  47. Mary Had a Pretty Bird
  48. Mistress Mary Quite Contrary
  49. Monday’s Child
  50. Needles and Pinsmother goose rhymes
  51. Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep
  52. Old King Cole
  53. Old Mother Goose
  54. Old Mother Hubbard
  55. One For Sorrow
  56. One Leaf for Fame
  57. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
  58. Oranges And Lemons
  59. Pat-A-Cake
  60. Pease Porridge Hot
  61. Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater
  62. Peter Piper
  63. Polly Put the Kettle On
  64. Pop Goes the Weasel
  65. Rain on the Green Grass
  66. Rain, Rain, Go Away
  67. Ride a Cock Horse to Banbury Cross
  68. Ring Around A Rosy
  69. Rock-A-Bye Baby
  70. Roses Are Red
  71. Round And Round the Garden
  72. Row Row Row Your Boat
  73. Rub-a-dub-dub
  74. See-Saw, Margery Daw
  75. Simple Simon
  76. Sing a Song of Sixpence
  77. Six Little Mice
  78. Skip to My Lou
  79. Sleep Baby Sleep
  80. Star Light, Star Bright
  81. The Brave Old Duke of York
  82. The Lion and The Unicorn
  83. The Muffin Man
  84. The Queen of Hearts
  85. There Was a Crooked Man
  86. There Was a Little Girl
  87. There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
  88. There Was an Old Woman Who Lived Under a Hill
  89. Thirty Days Hath September
  90. This Little Piggy
  91. This Old Man
  92. Three Blind Mice
  93. Three Little Kittens
  94. Three Wise Men of Gotham
  95. To Market To Market
  96. Tom, Tom, the Piper’s Son
  97. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
  98. Wee Willie Winkie
  99. What Are Little Boys Made Of?
  100. Yankee Doodle

Do you have a classic nursery rhymes book in your child’s collection?

If not yet, I would like to recommend our very favorite Mary Engelbreit’s Mother Goose. It is a collection of old nursery rhymes with beautiful illustrations every child and parent will enjoy. We have been reading ours for months and months now and my boys still like it. I haven’t found a better collection of nursery rhymes yet.

Classic Nursery Rhymes on Youtube

My absolutely most favorite Youtube channel for children’s songs and classic nursery rhymes is called Children Love to Sing.

Not only it features nursery rhymes, you’ll also find many other songs such as action songs, Christmas songs and more.

There are a few reasons I like them more than other channels. Their graphics are simple (which I personally prefer), the songs are sung by children not adults and they contain lyrics which is a plus too!

Make sure to check them out here.

Nursery Rhymes Activities

If you have older children and would like to make a fun nursery rhymes related craft together, choose some from my list.

  1. Free Nursery Rhymes Sequencing Printables by TotSchooling
  2. Hickory Dickory Dock Mini Pack by A Moment in Our World
  3. Itsy Bitsy Spider Finger Puppet for Fine Motor Play by Laymon
  4. Humpty Dumpty Nursery Rhyme Worksheet 
  5. Baa Baa Black Sheep Collage Craft by a Faithful Attempt
  6. This Little Piggy Sequencing by TotSchooling
  7. Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe Craft by Sugar Aunts
  8. Jack and Jill Unit Printable
  9. A Tipping Teapot Tutorial by Danya Banya
  10. Rain Rain Go Away Free Pack 

15 thoughts on “Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes: A List of 100 nursery rhymes to boost your child’s language development”

  1. I am looking for the picture of a little boy digging worms with the rhyme saying “Sittin and wishin won’t change one fate, the Lord will supply the fish but you have to dig the bait”
    Do you know where I can get this? Thank you. Brbara

  2. I have to do mother goose rhymes and I don’t know any of them for example mystery of the solar system still unsolved

  3. I am looking for an old poem or story about a pig or other animal that asked her animal friends to help her to work. Each one said “not I”. They all refused to help. When she did all the work herself she said who’s going to help me eat it. They all said “I will”. She said no you wont. She didn’t give them anything.

  4. It was not a pig. It was the Little Red Hen. Not I, said the dog, not I said the cat, not I said the duck. This went on until she said who will help me eat the bread. I will I will, I will. No you won’t. She and her brood at it all. Meaning….help do the work if you want the proceeds.

  5. Love nursery rhymes almost as much as the Mr. Wiggly Long-ears stories my Grandma would read to me at bedtime.
    Precious memories. Thank you. “round and round, round and round.”

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