What are popular German nursery rhymes

Nursery rhymes

Nursery rhymes are often ancient folk tunes that have persisted over the years and were mostly passed on orally. Nursery rhymes are used, among other things, in kindergarten to playfully expand children's vocabulary. Since nursery rhymes are often performed melodically or in a kind of singsong, they are often indistinguishable from nursery rhymes.

Nursery rhymes can very rarely be assigned to a specific author, as they have appeared in numerous variations over the centuries, which is why the actual authorship is not always clear or there are different attributions.

Some nursery rhymes were thought up by parents, others by children and they are always subject to the changing times. A rhyme that we know today can change a lot in the next few years because it is shaped by the users themselves.

Such nursery rhymes can be recited for fun or play, but of course they can also be used as counting rhymes. At this point you will find numerous nursery rhymes that have stood the test of time and found their way into our archive. Under some rhymes you will also find information about the origin or function.

If you have some nursery rhymes in stock that are not yet listed here, we would be happy to hear from you. Now we wish you a lot of fun with the existing selection of nursery rhymes.

Nursery rhymes for fun

Bake bake cake

Bake bake cake,
the baker called!
Who wants to bake good cake
he must have seven things:
Eggs and lard, butter and salt,
Milk and flour, saffron makes the cake flour!
Push, push in an oven, no.

That's the thumb

That's the thumb
he shakes the plums,
he picks them up
he carries her home
the little rascal eats them all up.

My mother sent me here

My mother sent me here
whether the coffee was ready?
Say a nice compliment and the coffee will be burned.
The milk ran out of the pot
what was left inside, the cat does drink.
And who did not swim away with
it should come to the coffee quickly!

Heal, heal, blessings

Heal, heal blessings
seven days of rain
seven days of sunshine
everything will be whole again.
Heal, heal blessings,
seven days of rain
seven days of snow,
no longer hurts the child.

Bees, bees

Bees, bees,
hum hum hum,
humming around the flowers!
Dip your head in it
get the nectar droplets,
fly back to the apiary
make us sweet honey out of it

Ten little fidget men

Ten little fidget men fidget back and forth,
It's not difficult for ten little fidget men.
Ten little fidget men wriggle up and down,
ten little fidget men do this over and over again.
Ten little fidget men wriggle around
ten little fidget men, they're not stupid at all.
Ten little fidget men like to play hide-and-seek,
ten little fidget men are gone at once.
Ten little fidget men are back now
ten little fidget men shout: Hurray!

Hoppe Hoppe Reiter

Hoppe Hoppe Reiter,
when he falls he screams.
If he falls into the ditch
the ravens eat him.
If he falls into the hedges,
the snails eat him.
If he falls into the swamp, the rider says: plop!

A boy sits on the branch

A boy sits on the branch
hops from branch to branch,
looks into the bird's nest,
ei there it laughs, ei there it cracks,
Blums there it is downstairs.

The chicken

A chicken that ate
you can hardly believe it
the leaves of a rubber tree,
then it went to the chicken coop
and put a rubber ball!

There's a thaler there

There's a thaler there
go to the market
buy yourself a cow
and a calf to go with it
The calf has a tail
dideldidel dancer.

At six in the morning

At six in the morning
comes the little hex ‘.

Early in the morning at seven
she cooks yellow turnips.

Early in the morning at eight
coffee is made.

Early in the morning at nine
she goes to the barn ‘.

Early in the morning at ten
she fetches wood and chips,

cheers at eleven,
then cooks until twelve:

Frog legs ‘and cancer and fish.
Quickly, children, come to the table!

A little fat madam

A little fat madam
once took the train.
Fat madam who laughed
Railroad that crashed.
One two Three,
and you are free!

Beep, beep, beep

Beep, beep, beep,
we all like each other,
everyone eat what they can,
just not his neighbor;
and if you take it very carefully,
not even his concubine;
and not even the dishes,
otherwise there will be a clang in the stomach.

Once upon a time there was a man

Once upon a time there was a man,
he had seven children
the children said:
Father tell us a story.
Then the father began
Once upon a time there was a man,
he had seven children ...

Knife, fork, scissors, light

Knife, fork, scissors, light
are not for young children

Advent, Advent

Advent, Advent
a little light burns
first one then two
then three then four
then the Christ Child is at the door
and when the fifth candle dies
then you slept through Christmas

In the evening when I go to sleep

In the evening when I go to sleep
fourteen angels stand around me
two on my right
two on my left
two at my head
two at my feet
two to cover me
two that wake me up
two who guide me
to heavenly paradise
(Amen)

I am small, my heart is pure

I am small
my heart is pure
that nobody lives in it
than Jesus alone

Beep, beep, mouse

Beep, beep, mouse,
stay in your house.
Will you eat my bread and butter
the cat comes and bites you dead.
Beep, beep, beep, good appetite

We are hungry

We're hungry, hungry, hungry, hungry, hungry, hungry
are hungry, hungry, hungry, thirsty.
Where's the food, food, food
will the food stay, food, food, will the sausage stay?
If we don't get, get, get
we eat flies, flies, flies,
we eat flies, flies, flies,
from the wall.

Notes on nursery rhyme

As a rule, nursery rhymes have a very simple structure and often make use of numerous pair rhymes or cross rhymes (→ rhyme scheme), which make them memorable and often advance to a kind of melodic singsong.

However, many nursery rhymes were devised by adults and are intended to prepare certain information in a child-friendly manner. For example, certain learning content can be easily transported and understood.

If we also take a look at the story of the nursery rhyme, we find numerous stanzas and verses that even contain an immediate moral (Max and Moritz, Struwwelpeter), which is why nursery rhymes are often compared with fables (→ characteristics of a fable) on the level of content.

However, it doesn't always have to be that way. Many nursery rhymes also have no “real content” and are rather a senseless string of letter and sentence combinations, such as “Eene meene miste” or “Lirum larum Löffelstil”).