Types of Nursery Rhymes Part OneLullabies, Fingers and Toes, Clapping and Counting
“Nursery Rhymes” is a rather generic term which actually covers a multitude of poems which are directed at children. Nursery rhymes can cover lullabies, riddles, counting games, and even rhymed fables, all of which introduce children to allegorical uses of languages, as well as rhythmic uses of languages, and mnemonic uses of languages.
Lullabies are often the first poems that babies hear. They are often calming, soft, and repetitive songs that parents sing to their babies in order to help them sleep. Some of the most popular lullabies include “Hush, Little Baby” and “Rock-a-bye Baby”.
Fingers and Toes
Some babies are taught early on with finger and toe games. These are nursery rhymes accompanied by tactile motions. The motions integrate and teach dexterity of the fingers or toes. Two of the most popular examples of these nursery rhymes include “This Little Piggy” and “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”.
Then there are clapping songs. These are actual songs, which are designed to be accompanied by clapping between the children and the parents. The clapping actually marks the rhythm of each poem. One of the most popular clapping songs is “Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake, Baker’s Man”.
There are some nursery rhymes which are presented as counting songs, meant to teach children how they can count using mnemonics for number names or rhymes. Two of the most popular examples of these nursery rhymes include “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe” and “This Old Man”.
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