Nursery Rhymes

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During the Bambino&i massage course you will often sing nursery rhymes as part of class routines. Speaking and signing to your baby greatly helps their cognitive, speech and language development. It helps them to identify your voice and learn the basics of language. Babies are also attracted to pitch and rhythm. So, even if you don’t like the sound of your singing voice, remember that your baby loves it! If you really can’t bring yourself to sing, just say the nursery rhymes to them. Remember that your voice, however you think it sounds, is music to your baby’s ears. Babies love to hear their parents’ voice and it gives them a lot of comfort.

Nursery rhymes provide a lovely, simple way to communicate with baby. Often, parents just don’t know what to say to their baby. And as babies can’t speak back, many feel awkward, silly and can become tongue-tied. This is natural, particularly as many of us haven’t had much experience with babies.

To help you on your way, we have provided the words to the nursery rhymes that you will use during your massage classes.

Pat-a-Cake

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake
Baker’s man,
Bake me a cake
As fast as you can,
Pat it and prick it
And mark it with ‘B’,
Put it in the oven for baby and me

Georgie Porgie

Georgie Porgie pudding and pie,
Kissed the girls and made them cry.
When the boys came out to play,
Georgie Porgie ran away.

Ring a Ring o’ Rosies

Ring a ring o’ rosies
A pocketful of posies
Atishoo atishoo
We all fall down

Incy Wincy Spider

Incy wincy spider
Climbed up the water spout,
Down came the rain
And washed the spider out,
Out came the sunshine and
Dried up all the rain,
Incy Wincy Spider
Climbed up the spout again.

Round and Round the Garden

Round and round the garden
Like a teddy bear,
One step, two step
Tickle you there!

Round and round the forest
Like a little deer,
One step, two step
Tickle you there!

Sing a Rainbow

Red and yellow and pink and green
Purple and orange and blue.

I can sing a rainbow,
Sing a rainbow,
Sing a rainbow too.

Listen with your eyes,
Listen with your eyes and sing everything you see,
You can sing a rainbow, sing a rainbow, sing along with me.

Red and yellow and pink and green,
Purple and orange and blue.

I can sing rainbow!
Sing a rainbow!
Sing a rainbow too!

Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns! Hot cross buns!
One a penny two a penny - Hot cross buns,
If you have no daughters, give them to your sons,
One a penny two a penny - Hot cross buns.

Row Your Boat

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream,
Merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream.

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream,
If you see a crocodile
Don’t forget to scream.

Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the river,
If you see a polar bear
Don’t forget to shiver.

Row, row, row your boat
Gently to the shore,
If you see a lion
Don’t forget to roar.

Jelly on a Plate

Jelly on a plate
Jelly on a plate
Wibble wobble
Wibble wobble
Jelly on a plate

This Little Piggy

This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed at home,
This little piggy had roast beef,
This little piggy had none.
And this little piggy went...
"Wee wee wee" all the way home...

Tommy Thumb

Tommy Thumb, Tommy Thumb,
Where are you?
Here I am, here I am,
How do you do?

(“Now it’s Peter Pointer’s turn which is your index finger; he’s the one who points”)
Peter Pointer, Peter Pointer,
Where are you?
Here I am, here I am,
How do you do?

(“Now it's Toby Tall which is your middle finger; he’s the tallest one of them all”)
Toby Tall, Toby Tall,
Where are you?
Here I am, here I am,
How do you do?

(“And now it's Ruby Ring, she’s the fourth one along”)
Ruby Ring, Ruby Ring,
Where are you?
Here I am, here I am,
How do you do?

(“Last, but not least is Baby Small, he’s the littlest finger of all”)
Baby Small, Baby Small,
Where are you?
Here I am, here I am,
How do you do?

(“OK, now for the last time put your fingers in the air, give them a wiggle and wave them everywhere”)
Fingers all, Fingers all,
Where are you?
Here we are, here we are,
How do you do?
Here we are, here we are,
How do you do?

Once I Caught a Fish Alive

Once I caught a fish alive
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.

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