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(Last Updated On: November 3, 2022)
Compilation of the Top 15 Children Nursery Rhyme Songs with Free Printable Ukulele Chords

Introduction

Are you looking for nursery rhymes to keep young kids engaged? Why not play nursery rhymes with the Ukulele – it’s so easy to play with only a few chords, anybody can learn how to play these simple songs.

Look no further. Here’s a list of our most popular Top 15 Children Nursery Rhyme Songs all with free printable Ukulele Chords!

When using the Ukulele music sheets, look out for the strumming pattern and we’ve provided a short description of each song for activity inspiration. The strumming pattern is only for your reference, as you may have your own variation of strumming.

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#1 Twinkle, twinkle little star

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star: Download the PDF printable version here

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Twinkle, twinkle little star is a lullaby that every child would certainly grow up knowing. It’s a slow tune that helps to calm down little ones, keeping them relaxed or putting them to sleep.

Play it and sing it slowly with each strum of the ukulele.

#2 Happy Birthday To You

Download the free printable of the Ukulele Nursery rhyme song Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you: Download the PDF printable version here

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An easy song to play for parties and for children who love dramatizing. A birthday song is a must play and a great addition for birthday parties and cute, special occasions.

#3 Rock A bye Baby

Download the free printable of the Ukulele Nursery rhyme song Rock A Bye Baby

Rock A Bye Baby: Download the PDF printable version here

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Rock A Bye Baby has a very calm and relaxing tune, guaranteed to soothe little ones. It’s so easy to play with just 2 chords and the best way is to play it real slow while your child embraces themself in this sweet song.

#4 ABC Song

Download the free printable of the Ukulele Nursery rhyme song ABC Song
ABC Song: Download the PDF printable version here

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Early learning with the ABC song couldn’t be easier! Teach ABCs and alphabets while singing and playing this one with the Ukulele. With only 3 chords, you can play this fast or slow it’s really up to you.

#5 You Are My Sunshine

Download the free printable of the Ukulele Nursery rhyme song You are my sunshine
You are my sunshine: Download the PDF printable version here

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You are my sunshine is a children’s classic song. Another super easy to play song with just 3 chords. If you play it slow, use the downward strumming pattern at each beat.

Otherwise, you can play it slightly faster by using the second strumming pattern to create a constantly moving rhythm.

#6 Old Mac Donald Had A Farm

Download the free printable of the Ukulele Nursery rhyme song Old Macdonald Had a farm
Old Macdonald had a farm: Download the PDF printable version here

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This nursery rhyme classic song can be played over and over again using the following pattern. Keep it upbeat and engaging with different animal variations while kids enjoy dancing to the tune of the song.

#7 Three Blind Mice

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Three Blind Mice: Download the PDF printable version here

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This one’s also easy peasy to play slowly. Follow the ukulele chord and strum downwards on each note.

#8 Row Your Boat

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Row Your Boat: Download the PDF printable version here

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Probably the easiest Nursery Rhyme Ukulele song you will ever play – with just 2 chords and a slow going beat. You can strum on regular intervals or once on each sentence at a time and this song will sound just as dreamy and nice.

#9 Down By The Bay

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Down by the bay: Download the PDF printable version here

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Play around with different variations instead of “.. Did you ever seen a bear combing his hair”,

  1. Did you ever see a goose, kissing a moose?
  2. Did you ever see a llama, eating his pajamas?
  3. Did you ever see a whale, with a polka dot tail?
  4. Did you ever see a fly, wearing a tie?
  5. Did you ever see a pig, wearing a wig?

#10 Mary Quite Contrary

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary: Download the PDF printable version here
Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary: Download the PDF printable version here

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Mary, Mary quite contrary is a cute little sweet song for the young ones especially suited to girls.

You can play it slow (use downward strumming pattern on each beat) or play it fast (use second strumming pattern) to create a rhythmic tune.

#11 If You’re Happy And You Know It

If you're happy and you know it: Download the PDF printable version here
If you’re happy and you know it: Download the PDF printable version here

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This song will keep kids happy and in a jolly good mood when they hear it. It’s a must play song and instead of “.. Clap your hands” you can change it to…

  1. Stomp your feet
  2. Spin around
  3. Shout Hurray
  4. Do all three

#12 The Wheels On The Bus

The Wheels on the bus: Download the PDF printable version here
The Wheels on the bus: Download the PDF printable version here

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The Wheels on the Bus is a classic nursery song that all kids love singing. With only 2 chords, play it with the indicated strumming pattern and instead of “.. wheels on the bus, go round and round” you can change it to…

  1. Baby on the bus, goes “Waaa..”
  2. Bell on the bus goes “ding-ding-ding”
  3. Horn on the bus goes “Beep, beep, beep”
  4. Daddy on the bus goes “I love you”

#13 Itsy Bitsy Spider

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Itsy Bitsy Spider: Download the PDF printable version here

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Another super easy Nursery Rhyme song – with just 2 chords you can play it slow and steady making it a nice relaxing and soothing lullaby song.

#14 My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean

My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean: Download the PDF printable version here
My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean: Download the PDF printable version here

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My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean is a children’s folk song. Play this slow to give a slow and melodic rhythm.

#15 Skip To My Lou

Skip to the Lou: Download the PDF printable version here
Skip to the Lou: Download the PDF printable version here

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Skip to the Lou works great as a toilet or potty training song – encouraging young kids to make their way to their potty or bathroom. It’s a catchy tune that young children can easily learn.

Conclusion

Whether you’re playing for kids or for fun, playing with the Ukulele is both entertaining and fun. These fun and catchy tunes will certainly liven things up and make activities like circle time or bonding time engaging.

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