I took the McBaby to a play and learn session that we'd never been to before. It was an eye-opener. Firstly, I tried to hula-hoop to show the McBaby how to do it. Except, it's gone! I can't do it. He just watched me stick a red hoop over my head, whirl my hips madly and look panicked while the hoop slid to the ground.
Anyway, more importantly, I realised that hardly any of the nursery rhymes sounded familiar.
1. Twinkle twinkle, chocolate bar?
What?! A song about rusty cars? Why? What was wrong with the star? Last week at a different rhyme time we had "Old MacDonald had some rain". For the love of Noah, why?!
2. Wind the bobbin up
I have heard this before obviously, but I don't recall hearing it when I was a child, although it sounds like it might be quite old.
3. Horsey horsey
Clippety-clop, no we did not.
4. Flippy floppy scarecrow in a flippy floppy hat
The only scarecrow I was familiar with was Worzel Gummidge.
5. When I was one, I had some fun, the day I went to sea
We didn't have fun.
6. Five little ducks went swimming one day
The tune sounds familiar, but not the words.
7. Sleeping bunnies?
While I'm on the subject, when we used to row our boat, we didn't do any screaming either.
How about these that time has forgotten:
1. Goosey goosey gander.
Probably got consigned to the history books because someone got thrown down the stairs for not saying his prayers.
2. Little Miss Muffet
Again, I suppose those tuffets are hard to find these days. As for curds and whey....
3. Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross.
Haven't heard this one for 20+ years
4. See- saw Marjory Dawes
She's just a character on Shooting Stars now.
5. Jack and Jill
Haven't heard this for yonks - possibly because anyone who uses vinegar and brown paper should be kicked all the way to A&E for not ruling out concussion.
6. here we go round the Mulberry Bush
Has anyone else heard this one recently?
7. Sing a song of sixpence
8. Doctor Foster.
I told someone that I used to know a Dr Foster (who wasn't from Gloucester). My friend didn't know why this was funny.
What other new ones do you sing? What nursery rhymes do you remember?