Hey, Diddle, Diddle
Rhymes, more specifically nursery rhymes, have been with us for centuries. The earliest known published collection of nursery rhymes was Tommy Thumb’s (Pretty) Song Book, 2 vol. (London, 1744).
The Music Together curriculum is rich with rhymes. Songs with words that rhyme, like “Hey, Diddle, Diddle,” help children hear how individual sounds come together to make words.
To expand and reinforce your child’s speech and memory skills, try singing other words that rhyme in place of “diddle” and “moon.” When your child is ready, they can come up with their own words that rhyme. You can even use nonsense words and silly phrases! For example:
Hey, doodle, doodle, the cat and the noodle,
the cow jumped over the hoop.
The little dog laughed to see such sport,
and the dish ran away with the soup!
Hey, Diddle, Diddle is one of several free songs available on the Music Together free Hello Everybody App.