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Classic nursery rhymes are a wonderful way to immerse emergent readers into new, varied vocabulary, as well as to get them writing. Our free, printable worksheets are designed for use by students in kindergarten through second grade, depending upon the individual student's reading and writing level.

Each children's poem is featured on a worksheet that asks students to read, trace, and write the rhyme. Many of the nursery rhymes feature additional worksheets related to the poem. Some even contain learning games, such as printable cards that have students match rhyming words.
  Pease Porridge Hot Nursery Rhyme Worksheet   It's Raining, It's Pouring - Nursery Rhyme Worksheets   Bow-wow-wow   The Beggars Are Coming to Town   Jack Be Nimble  
  Pease Porridge Hot   It's Raining, It's Pouring   Bow-wow-wow   The Beggars Are Coming to Town   Jack Be Nimble  
  A Horse and a Cart   Baa, Baa, Black Sheep Worksheets   "A" Is for Apple Pie eBook   Little Boy Blue Nursery Rhyme Worksheets   Cock-a-doodle-doo!  
  A Horse and a Cart   Baa, Baa, Black Sheep   "A" Is for Apple Pie eBook   Little Boy Blue   Cock-a-doodle-doo!  
  Jack Sprat Nursery Rhyme Worksheet   There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe   Diddle Diddle Dumpling Nursery Rhyme Printable Worksheet   A Diller, a Dollar - Nursery rhyme worksheets.   Hickory Dickory Dock Nursery Rhyme Worksheets  
  Jack Sprat   There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe   Diddle Diddle Dumpling   A Diller, a Dollar   Hickory Dickory Dock  
  There Was a Crooked Man Nursery Rhyme Worksheet   Sing a Song of Sixpence Worksheets   One, Two, Buckle My Shoe Nursery Rhyme Worksheet   Little Jack Horner Nursery Rhyme Worksheet   Shoe the Horse Worksheet  
  There Was a Crooked Man   Sing a Song of Sixpence   One, Two, Buckle My Shoe   Little Jack Horner   Shoe the Horse  
  Hey Diddle Diddle   Little Tommy Grace   Wee Willie Winkie Handwriting Practice Worksheet   Rain, Rain, Go Away Nursery Rhyme Worksheet   See-Saw, Margery Daw  
  Hey Diddle Diddle   Little Tommy Grace   Wee Willie Winkie   Rain, Rain, Go Away   See-Saw, Margery Daw  
  "A Dog and a Cat" Nursery Rhyme Worksheets   Sing a Song of Sixpence Gap Text Quiz Game   Old Mother Hubbard Rhyming Book          
  A Dog and a Cat   Sing a Song of Sixpence Gap Text Quiz Game   Old Mother Hubbard Rhyming Book          
Familiarity with nursery rhymes is one of the building blocks of cultural literacy. Nursery rhymes are an integral component of early learning for several important reasons.

Language Development: Nursery rhymes are rich in language, often containing rhythmic and rhyming patterns that help children develop phonemic awareness. Hearing and reciting rhymes can improve vocabulary, pronunciation, and language comprehension.

Phonemic Awareness: The rhythmic and rhyming nature of nursery rhymes helps children recognize and manipulate sounds in words. This is a fundamental skill for later reading and writing.

Early Literacy Skills: Exposure to nursery rhymes lays the foundation for early literacy skills, such as phonics and comprehension. It helps children understand that words can be broken down into smaller sounds and that words have meanings.

Memory Enhancement: Memorizing and reciting nursery rhymes can improve memory and cognitive skills. This is particularly beneficial as children develop their memorization abilities.

Nursery Rhymes for Children - Free printables (PDF files).Cultural and Historical Awareness: Many nursery rhymes have historical and cultural significance, introducing children to traditional stories, characters, and values from different times and places.

Social and Emotional Development: Singing and reciting nursery rhymes with caregivers or peers can foster social interactions and emotional connections. It is a form of bonding that can be comforting and reassuring for young children.

Listening Skills: Nursery rhymes encourage children to listen attentively to words, sounds, and rhythms. This improves their listening skills and ability to follow instructions.

Rhythmic and Motor Skills: Nursery rhymes often have rhythmic patterns that children can clap, dance, or move to. These activities promote coordination, rhythm, and motor skills.

Creativity and Imagination: Nursery rhymes often involve whimsical and imaginative themes that stimulate creativity and expand a child's imagination.

Early Reading Motivation: Nursery rhymes can be the first exposure children have to the joy of reading and storytelling. They can create a positive association with books and reading.

Cultural Connection: Nursery rhymes often connect children to their cultural heritage, introducing them to the traditions and stories of their own culture or those of others.

Preparation for School: Early exposure to nursery rhymes can prepare children for school by familiarizing them with the rhythms and patterns of language, making the transition to formal reading instruction smoother.

Multisensory Learning: Singing or reciting nursery rhymes engages multiple senses, including auditory, visual, and kinesthetic, making learning more engaging and memorable.

Building Confidence: As children become familiar with nursery rhymes and can recite them independently, it boosts their confidence and self-esteem.

Teaching Life Lessons: Some nursery rhymes convey simple life lessons, morals, or values. For example, "Humpty Dumpty" can teach about the consequences of actions.

Overall, nursery rhymes are a fun and effective way to introduce young children to language, literacy, and culture. They provide a solid foundation for future learning and can instill a love of language and reading from a very early age. We are delighted to offer this collection of free printable nursery rhyme worksheets, to help the little ones in your life as they go on this formative cultural and educational journey. > Printable Texts > Nursery Rhyme Worksheets