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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. So, I created this list of complex nursery rhymes. 

Complex Nursery Rhymes



Here is the one I learned for Three Blind Mice:

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.

A Trio of Rodents With Imperfect Vision- Complex Nursery Rhymes

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!

Complex Nursery Rhymes- Guess the complexified nursery rhymeThe included complex nursery rhymes are:

  1.  Three Blind Mice
  2. The Itsy-Bitsy Spider
  3. Row, Row, Row Your Boat
  4. Mary Had a Little Lamb
  5. Twinkle Little Star
  6. Roses are Red
  7. Hush Little Baby
  8. Head Shoulders Knees and Toes
  9. Old King Cole
  10. London Bridge

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!

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  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

  2. This is how I learned it.

    A trio of rodents with defective vision
    A trio of rodents with defective vision
    Observe how they perambulate
    Observe how they perambulate
    Together they molested the agriculturalists spouse,
    She amputated their dorsal appendage with a culinary utensil
    Have you ever observed such an occurrence in all your born days
    A trio of rodents with defective vision.

    Connecticut in the 50s.

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