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A place for poems, songs, rhymes and traditions from around the world for both kids and grown-ups to enjoy!

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Articles about 'Nursery Rhymes'
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"Boys and Girls Come out to Play" is a nursery rhyme song that dates back to the 18th century. Here’s a wonderful rendition by Dick Aven, in a gentle rock style.  The ways to use traditional songs and rhymes need only be limited by your imagination! MP3 of Boys and Girls Come Out to Play […]
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I’m trying out this widget to see if you can record a rhyme on it and send it to me.  This allows you to record a short rhyme (under 90 seconds).  Please try it and email me letting me know which rhyme you’re reciting and what language it’s in.  Thanks in advance! Mama Lisa
Can anyone help with this question from Patti: Hey, Lisa!  My Dad and I enjoy sharing our family history through his telling stories of him growing up on the family farm in Cheboygan, MI and on Mackinac Island with his French-Canadian father.  At times he will  recite old poems and songs from his youth; he’s […]
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The Tortoise – Черепаха – is a Russian finger play that you can enjoy reading below in Russian, English and French.  You can also hear a recording of the rhyme in Russian and French by Maya. MP3 Recording of Черепаха (The Tortoise) in Russian and French Черепаха Шла по полю черепаха И дрожала вся от […]
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I’m so excited!  I just discovered a major collection of online recordings of children’s singing games! Iona and Peter Opie are among the world’s top collectors of English nursery rhymes and kids songs.  When working on Mama Lisa’s World, I refer to their research quite a bit.  They published one of the most comprehensive collections […]
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Design Resource has a great site about children’s games in India.  The site includes instructions for indoor and outdoor games.  The indoor games include hand-clapping rhymes and games played with stones and shells.  The outdoor games include circle games and other types of games played outside. Check it out! Mama Lisa
Bob Anderson wrote looking for help with a Swedish childhood rhyme.  Here’s his question: Do you know of a children’s verse my dad (born 1879) used to do with the grandkids?  He would bounce them on his knees, holding their hands, and at the climax, open his knees and drop them down as if to […]
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Mama Lisa’s World has been growing fast!  Lately we’ve made a particular push to put up more songs from Africa. Here are some of the more recent African countries we’ve added songs to on Mama Lisa’s World:  Kids Songs and Lullabies of Burkina Faso   Choosing Rhyme from Cabo Verde (Cape Verde)   Kids Songs and Lullabies […]
John Ziak wrote asking for help with two childhood songs: Lisa, I have been searching for sometime to find a song/nursery rhyme that my grandfather sang to me when I was young.  He passed away 16 years ago and no one in my family can remember any more words than I.  The song originates from […]
Kim wrote asking for help with a Ukrainian rhyme her grandmother sings.  She would like the correct spelling.  Here’s Kim’s email along with a recording in which her grandmother sang the rhyme… Hi, My Grandmother was trying to teach me the words today to this Ukrainian rhyme. I do not speak Ukrainian, and she cannot […]
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Today is the 215th anniversary of the birth of British paleontologist, Mary Anning (1799 – 1847). Mary Anning collected fossils and contributed important information about prehistoric life to the scientific community. She supported herself selling fossils to geologists and to tourists.  She was a seller of seashells!  It’s believed that the tongue twister, "She sells […]
Tamela wrote asking for help with a Danish poem her father recited.  Here’s her email: Hi, I am wondering if you can help me at all.  I am searching for the full words to an old Scandinavian children’s poem that my Danish father used to tell us. It is about three children, girls, on one […]
Laura wrote asking for help with a Czech song.  Here’s her question: Dear Mama Lisa, I am trying to find out about an old Czech Song that our Uncle Bob would sing at the end of every visit as he would leave. He would put his finger on the top of his head and turn […]
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Emanuela wrote from Italy about St. Nicholas of Bari… "We celebrate St. Nicholas of Bari on December 6th. Our St. Nicholas is the Nicholas who is celebrated in northern Europe. St. Nicholas was the Bishop of Myra (now part of Turkey), but now his body is in Bari, Italy. European immigrants brought this character to […]
Gerard Ramos wrote asking for help with an Italian kids song from Sicily.  Here’s his email: Hi Lisa, I stumbled across your site searching for Italian children’s songs trying to find a song my great grandmother passed down through our family.  She was born in Sicily and moved to New Orleans when she was young.  […]
Grant wrote asking for help with a rhyme he learnt from his grandmother.  Here’s his question: Hi, My grandmother’s parents were from Yugoslavia and she taught us a nursery rhyme from them which I would love to know the meaning. I am typing this as if the rhyme is in English. Any help would be […]
Debra wrote asking for help with a Yiddish rhyme: The following has been passed down through the ages (at least 150 years) by my mothers family, though we can only guess what the words mean now or the correct spelling of the words. I am hoping you may recognize it or be able to decipher […]
Jeff wrote asking for help with a Yiddish song.  Here’s his email: Hi, I grew up reciting a Yiddish rhyme or song where we pinched the skin on the back of each others hands and bobbed them up and down while saying something like (and I’m just writing what it sounded like): "Sipicle sipicle amadal, […]
Jen wrote to me looking for help with a childhood rhyme.  Here’s her email: I stumbled onto your site while looking for an answer to an age-old family question. When I was a little girl, my grandma and grandpa, both of whom were Portuguese, used to recite a rhyme to me in Portuguese while bouncing […]
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Booktrust did a survey of over 2,500 people in the UK to determine the top nursery rhymes.  Here they are with links to their lyrics (most of the links have mp3’s or videos too): 1. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star 2. Incey Wincey Spider 3. Round And Round The Garden 4. Baa Baa Black Sheep 5. […]
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