Summer is a season of growth: growing plants, growing produce, growing children. I’ve collected some summer nursery rhymes to use in your laptime programs to help growing bodies to also grow their minds.
6 Summer Nursery Rhymes
Five fat peas in a pea-pod pressed,
One grew, two grew, so did all the rest.
They grew, and grew, and did not stop,
Until one day, to pod went pop.
Mary, Mary, quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle-shells
And pretty maids all in a row.
Little Robin Redbreast sat upon a rail,
Niddle, naddle went his head,
Wiggle, waggle went his tail.
Lavender’s blue dilly, dilly
When I am king, dilly, dilly
You shall be queen.
One, two, three, four, five
Once I caught a fish alive.
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten,
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 the right.
Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream.
One of my favorite books may have a bedtime theme, but it’s a fun play on nursery rhymes and elicits giggles galore. Sheep 101 by Richard T. Morris hit all the right notes to create an engaging and clever story that kids can enjoy over and over again.
More Fun with Summer Nursery Rhymes
Several crafts and activities would be a great addition to these summer nursery rhymes. Simple Everyday Mom shares a cute robin redbreast craft using construction paper and a child’s handprint. You can use the printable found with 5 Little Fish to make fish puppets for little fingers.