Complex Nursery Rhymes

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Years and years ago when I was visiting my husband’s parents, my mother-in-law taught my song a version of Three Blind Mice that was sung in more complex language (A trio of rodents with imperfect vision). I have always remembered that song & sing it to my kids sometimes. I thought it would be fun to do the same things to several other common nursery rhymes and children’s songs. 


Complex Nursery Rhymes- Guess the complexified nursery rhyme


Here is the one I learned for Three Blind Mice:

A Trio of Rodents With Imperfect Vision- Complex Nursery Rhymes

A trio of rodents with imperfect vision.
A trio of rodents with imperfect vision.
Observe their manner of fleeing.
Observe their manner of fleeing.
They all pursued the agriculturist’s spouse,
She amputated their appendages with a well honed instrument.
have you ever observed such a spectacle in your existence.
As a trio of rodents with imperfect vision.

Along with Three Blind Mice, I wrote 9 other Complex Nursery Rhymes. My kids and I have been having fun trying to stump their dad and their friends with these complex nursery rhymes. I think they are pretty great!

I made a free printable that you can use in your homeschool or classroom. Give the students the complex nursery rhymes to solve. They may need to use a dictionary to help them solve it. Also, see if they can write their own complex nursery rhymes. A thesaurus comes in handy for this part.  This is a great assignment to practice dictionary and thesaurus skills!

Download your FREE copy of Complex Nursery Rhymes!

love karyn


  1. Uh, that spouse/wife/mouse must have had some issues to chop those appendages off! LOL…anyway, yes I have always enjoyed a good nursery rhyme :)
    Thanks for sharing, found you on the link up!
    Rachael @ Diamonds in the Rough
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  2. This is hilariously awesome! Thank you so much :)


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