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Some nursery rhymes to illustrate rhythm using cuisenaire rods

Each rod represents a syllable, each red or green rod a stressed syllable & the grey ones are the unstressed syllables.


Hickory Dickory Dock

The mouse ran up the clock

The clock struck one

The mouse fell down

Hickory Dickory Dock



Twinkle, twinkle little star

How I wonder what you are

Up above the world so high

Like a diamond in the sky



Little Jack Horner

Sat in a corner

Eating his Christmas pie

He put in his thumb

And pulled out a plum

And said, 'What a good boy am I!'



Solomon Grundy

Born on a Monday

Christened on Tuesday

Married on Wednesday

Took ill on Thursday

Worse on Friday

Died on Saturday

Buried on Sunday

And that's the end

Of Solomon Grundy



Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall

All the King's horses and all the King's men

Couldn't put Humpty together again



One, two,

Buckle my shoe.

Three, four,

Knock on the door.

Five, six,

Pick up sticks.

Seven, eight,

Lay them straight.

Nine, ten,

A big fat hen.



Jack and Jill went up the hill

To fetch a pail of water

Jack fell down and broke his crown

And Jill came tumbling after


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