Nursery Rhymes to Dance to

We’re big fans of Nursery Rhymes…each one has a story to tell, some capturing gruesome historical events in simple, innocent rhyme and others fun, beguiling and delightful. They’re a fantastic way to encourage communication, a love of music, learning & participation as well as being enormous fun to sing. Here are three nursery rhymes we particularly like since they encourage dance and movement as well as actions and singing.

Are you ready? Stand up and get ready to march along to…

The Grand Old Duke of York

The Grand old Duke of York he had ten thousand men
He marched them up to the top of the hill
And he marched them down again.
When they were up, they were up
And when they were down, they were down
And when they were only halfway up
They were neither up nor down.

Find out about the history of The Grand Old Duke of York here.

Twinkle, twinkle, little star

Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are

When the blazing sun is gone
When he nothing shines upon
Then you show your little light
Twinkle, twinkle, all the night
Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are

Young children often learn this with twinkly hand movements and it’s also a great one to use your whole body to dance to. Check out this rather fun version from The Wiggles with some  ballet choreography you could copy:

Here we go round the mulberry bush

Here we go round the mulberry bush
The mulberry bush, the mulberry bush
Here we go round the mulberry bush
So early in the morning

You’d be hard pushed to resist dancing to this nursery rhyme and it’s a great one to do outside. The song has several verses with lots of scope for creative movement in the lyrics. Read the whole song here.

And just for a bit of fun, since we couldn’t find a nursery rhyme all about fairies (do tell us if you know any) we’re sharing our own very Twinklesteps song written by Stephanie Gardner:

Twinklesteps Song

When I look in the mirror, what do I see?
A little girl smiling, who looks just like me.
With wings and a crown, and all dressed in pink.
She’s a fairy or princess. That’s what I think.

Twinklesteps, Twinklesteps,
Come out and dance with me.
Twinklesteps, Twinklesteps,
Happy, our dance will be.

She is waving her wand, with a smile on her face.
She is spreading her magic all over the place.
She winks and she whispers “the magic’s complete”.
There are two sparkling shoes on my two little feet.

Twinklesteps, Twinklesteps,
Come out and dance with me.
Twinklesteps, Twinklesteps,
Happy, our dance will be.

Can you fly like Twinklesteps?

Can you fly like Twinklesteps?

I hope you enjoyed reading this and do let us know what you think in the comments section below. Check out our shop for all your fairy ballerina accessories, perfect for creative play, and for our very first book about Twinklesteps the Fairy Ballerina.

By the Twinkle Team

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