Say a few words for World Nursery Rhyme Week!

Remember when you were little, and you’d learn reams of nursery rhymes off by heart and recite them all back, over and over again?

Well, it seems that nursery rhymes are just as popular as ever - there’s even a World Nursery Rhyme Week which runs from 18-22 November.

This got us reminiscing about our favourite nursery rhymes - and noticed just how many of them have a garden or nature theme. Like these super seven …

Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush (origins - England, 1800s)

Here we go round the mulberry bush
The mulberry bush
The mulberry bush
Here we go round the mulberry bush
On a cold and frosty morning.

Lavender's Blue, Dilly, Dilly (England, 1600s)

Lavender's blue, dilly, dilly
Lavender's green
When l am King, dilly, dilly
You shall be Queen!

Ring-a-ring o' Roses (England, probably late 1700s)

Ring-a-ring o' roses,
A pocket full of posies.
Atishoo! Atishoo!
We all fall down.

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary (England, 1700s)

Mary, Mary, quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells
And cockle shells
And pretty maids all in a row.

Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue (England, 1700s)

Roses are red,
Violets are blue
Sugar is sweet
And so are you.

Two Little Dickie Birds (England, 1700s)

Two little dickie birds sitting on a wall
One named Peter, one named Paul
Fly away Peter! Fly away Paul!
Come back Peter! Come back Paul!

Sing a Song of Sixpence (England 1700s)

Sing a song of sixpence a pocket full of rye
Four and twenty blackbirds baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened the birds began to sing
Oh wasn't that a dainty dish to set before the king?
The king was in his counting house counting out his money
The queen was in the parlour eating bread and honey.
The maid was in the garden hanging out the clothes
When down came a blackbird and pecked off her nose!

Of course, one of the reasons that nursery rhymes have endured for centuries is because we pass them on to the next generation - and long may that tradition continue. They’re also educational, helping young children develop their language and numeracy skills. Two very good reasons why nursery rhymes have earned their world celebration week!