Nursery rhyme videos help Derbyshire pre-school children’s language development

Children love nursery rhymes and now they can listen to them and watch the actions in the comfort of their own home.

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 5:30 am
Ivan Stott and April Nerissa Hudson in Little Miss Muffett

Online videos created by Derby Theatre are available to watch from this week to help in children’s language development.

Seven videos, each featuring three rhymes and songs, have been filmed against the stunning backdrop of The Little Mermaid, which was shown online.

From Wind the Bobbin Up to A Sailor Went to Sea Sea Sea, and Twinkle Twinkle to Old Macdonald, babies and toddlers will love joining in with infectious rhymes, fun sounds and lively actions, performed by Ivan Stott and

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Nerissa Hudson.

Each of the seven videos feature three engaging and well-known rhymes, complete with open captions. They also include an inspirational quote from a renowned author, to encourage parents and carers to help their children enjoy stories and reading from an early age, and a snippet of information about library services and what’s on offer for families.

The details of the videos are:

Film 1 – Hickory Dickery Dock, Little Miss Muffet, Wind The Bobbin Up.

Film 2 – My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean, Row, Row, Row Your Boat, A Sailor Went to Sea Sea Sea.

Film 3 – Old Macdonald, Doctor Foster, These are Grandma’s Glasses.

Film 4 – Five Currant Buns, Pat A Cake, The Queen of Hearts, Jelly on a Plate.

Film 5 – Five Little Monkeys, Ring o’ Roses, Teddy Teddy Bear.

Film 6 – See the Little Rabbit Sleeping, Car Car, Twinkle Twinkle.

Film 7 – Dingle Dangle Scarecrow, Grand Old Duke of York, If You’re Happy and You Know It.

The videos are available to watch for free. Go to Derby Libraries’ Rhymetime page at

As well as being a fun activity for young children to share with their parents or carers, reading to children and singing rhymes with them immediately improves their life chances. The Book Trust, provider of the national Bookstart Scheme, says: “Repetition of rhymes and singing supports language and literacy development. Children will take comfort from rhymes when they are repeated and become familiar. Through rhymes, children naturally learn essential skills for communicating, such as turn-taking and joining in.”