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Using Nursery Rhymes in Preschool

Do your preschoolers know the traditional nursery rhymes that we used to recite as kids?  I bet you remember Jack and Jill, Hey Diddle Diddle and Little Miss Muffet, don’t you? What was the point of those rhymes anyway?

Benefits of Nursery Rhymes

Using nursery rhymes in preschool isn’t just about having some language fun (although they are fun!).  There are some big benefits to reciting those rhymes with your preschoolers.  


  • Patterns: finding language patterns in rhyming
  • Retelling: by reciting rhymes often, children can re-tell the rhyme based on it’s beginning, middle and end.
  • Numerals: some rhymes include numerals, giving us an opportunity to bring math in too!


  • Rhyming: one of the easiest ways to teach rhyming is through nursery rhymes!
  • Rhythm: Nursery Rhymes help children hear and replicate the rhythm within the rhyme which practices pitch, voice and volume.
  • Vocabulary:Rhymes are full of new-to-preschoolers words that can be learned.


  • Pretending: Children can easily act out rhymes and pretend to be the characters.
  • Relating: Children can also relate to the characters in the text, creating a deeper understanding of the text.
  • Bonding: Rhymes are a powerful way for children to bond to the reader. When children are having fun, bonding with caregivers can occur.

Using Nursery Rhymes in Preschool

Now you know the why.  What about the how?  

The easiest way I implement Nursery Rhymes into my day at preschool is by focusing on one during a week at circle time.  We do an activity related to the Nursery Rhyme each day – it’s short, sweet and powerful!

Day 1: Read the Poster & Use Puppets

Day 2: Re-read & Use the Pocket Chart Pieces

Day 3: Re-read and Sequence pictures

Day 4: Re-read and Act out

Day 5: Re-read and Letter Hunt the Rhyme

By implementing these different types of activities, you end up squeezing out every last drop of learning opportunities from the rhymes!

Using nursery rhymes in preschool doesn’t have to be difficult, or time consuming!

You can easily bring them into classroom and if you are looking to save even more time, check out the Nursery Rhyme Bundle 1 or Nursery Rhyme Bundle 2 (pictured above). They are easy to prep and you can prep a year full of rhymes for your littles! 

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