Even before they can talk or understand words, children love music. In fact, give a young toddler a rattle and play some music and you’ll be surprised how much rhythm they already have! Nursery rhymes and songs can be great learning tools – helping your child discover about nature and history, practise counting, and learn new words and phrases. Making music with your children is a great way to help them grow and develop. Kids learn best with hands-on activities, so encouraging them to get involved with making music is a good way to help them learn and grow.
You could do this by buying some simple instruments, or even making them out of an old bottle and some Rajma or chawli beans. You can also get into the habit of singing together! Nursery rhymes are a great choice as they’re easy to remember and often have lovely, educational meanings. Here are a few great examples of nursery rhymes in Hindi, Gujarati, and English that you can sing with your little one, helping them learn and grow.
Popular Kids’ Rhymes
There are many different children rhymes that parents and kids can sing together. Different songs originate from different parts of India, so whether you speak Hindi, Gujarati, Bengali, or any other language at home, you’re sure to find a nursery rhyme you and your kids can easily recite.
Machli Jal Ki Hai Rani Hai
When it comes to educational children songs, Hindi speakers will enjoy the short but meaningful Machli Jal Ki Rani Hai. The nursery rhyme lyrics teach children about nature, about the environment, and about the circle of life. Machli jal ki rani hai Jeevan uska paani hai Haath lagao gey, dar jayegi Bahar nikaalo gey, mar jayegi. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsUSP7Zr9JU
Chaki Ben, Chaki Ben
Chaki Ben, Chaki Ben is one of many children’s songs sung in Gujarati. It teaches children about animals and wildlife, and how we are all living creatures, just the same. It’s a lovely little song to sing before bedtime. Chaki ben, chaki ben, Mari saathe ramva Aavso ke nai, aavso ke nai? Besva ne paatlo, Suva ne khaatlo, Piva ne paani, Aaapis taamne, apis tamne. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TRF4uQU6Vo
Mary Had a Little Lamb
There are lots of great English nursery rhymes that you can sing with your child! Mary Had a Little Lamb is a great one to sing with your child during the day. It has a simple melody, and is fun to sing! This rhyme has several verses – here are the first four. Mary had a little lamb, Little lamb, little lamb, Mary had a little lamb, Its fleece was white as snow And everywhere that Mary went, Mary went, Mary went, Everywhere that Mary went The lamb was sure to go It followed her to school one day School one day, school one day It followed her to school one day Which was against the rules.
It made the children laugh and play, Laugh and play, laugh and play, It made the children laugh and play To see a lamb at school https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_K9hFxSvDM
Do you and your kids sing together on a regular basis? Do you have any favourite Indian nursery rhymes that you sing, or do you sing mainly in English? If you have a favourite nursery rhyme, share it with us below!