Can You Finish These Nursery Rhymes?

By: Isadora Teich
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About This Quiz

Nursery rhymes have been popular around the world for generations and generations. Some are educational in nature. These are used to teach kids things like early spelling and rudimentary numbers. Others have dark or unexpected roots and some are just silly. Some even teach moral lessons in a fun way, while others make no sense at all. Regardless, kids have used them to play and learn for generations, often without even knowing that they are learning. Adults have also used them to keep energetic youngsters entertained. 

Sometimes there is more than meets the eye to these simple songs and rhymes. People of all ages most likely grew up singing or saying a few of these. They provided fun ways to learn everything from the alphabet to math to important social lessons. While not all of these apply anymore, nursery rhymes also illustrated the consequences of doing dangerous things from time to time. All of these are important lessons for young kids to absorb. Some even may have been to teach kids animal sounds. 

If you are a nursery rhyme buff who loves all things whimsical and fun, put your nursery rhyme knowledge to a true test with this HowStuffWorks quiz!  

"Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, / Humpty Dumpty had a great ________;"

"Humpty Dumpty" is one of the best known nursery rhymes. Many over the years have thought of him as an egg, despite it never being specified in the rhyme.

"Little Boy ________, come, blow your horn!"

"Little Boy Blue" is a classic nursery rhyme. It goes "Little Boy Blue, come, blow your horn! / The sheep’s in the meadow, the cow’s in the corn. / Where’s the little boy that looks after the sheep? / Under the haystack, fast asleep!"

"Little Bo-Peep has lost her _________, / And can’t tell where to find them;"

"Little Bo-Peep" is a famous nursery rhyme. It has more verses than many people know however, which tell of Bo-Peep's search for her sheep.

"And the dish ran away with the _______."

This is the last line of the old nursery rhyme "Hey, Diddle Diddle." This rhyme was famously referenced in the musical "Rent."

"Jack be nimble, Jack be _________,"

"Jack Be Nimble" is a famous short English language nursery rhyme. It goes "Jack be nimble, Jack be quick,%0DJack jump over the candle-stick."

"One, he loves; two, he loves: / __________, he loves, they say;"

"One, He Loves" is a rhyme that might have been used to teach children to count. It traces love, loss and marriage from 1 to 12.

"One, two, / Buckle my _________;"

"One, Two, Buckle my shoe" is another classic. It teaches kids to count from 1 to 20.

"Twinkle, twinkle, little _________, / How I wonder what you are."

"Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" is a childhood favorite nursery rhyme of many. It urges kids to look with curiosity toward the skies.

"Baa, baa, black sheep / Have you any ____________?"

This comes from the first verse of the nursery rhyme "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep." The complete first verse is: "Baa, baa, black sheep / Have you any wool? / Yes, marry, have I, / Three bags full;"

"Jack Sprat / Could eat no _______,"

This is the beginning of the "Jack Sprat" nursery rhyme. Completed, it reads: "Jack Sprat / Could eat no fat, / His wife could eat no lean; / And so, / Betwixt them both, / They licked the platter clean."

"I do not like thee, Doctor _________; / The reason why I cannot tell;"

This is the beginning of the short nursery rhyme "Doctor Fell." The complete rhyme is: "I do not like thee, Doctor Fell; / The reason why I cannot tell; / But this I know, and know full well, / I do not like thee, Doctor Fell!"

"Eenie, meeny, miney, mo / Catch a ______ by the toe,"

This is the beginning of the old rhyme "Eenie, Meeny, Miney, Mo." The complete rhyme is: "Eenie, meeny, miney, mo / Catch a tiger by the toe, / If he hollers, let him go / Eenie, meenie, miney, mo."

"For every ________ under the sun / There is a remedy or there is none."

This is the beginning of the nursery rhyme "For Every Evil." This rhyme encourages people to seek the means to solve their problems, but forget about ones with no solution.

"As I was going to St. Ives / I met a man with _______ wives."

"St. Ives" is an old nursery rhyme and riddle. Pay close attention to how many people are going to St. Ives next time you hear it.

"One a penny, two a penny, / Hot-cross __________!"

"Hot cross buns" is an old nursery rhyme. This comes from the first verse which is "Hot-cross Buns! / Hot cross Buns! / One a penny, two a penny, / Hot-cross Buns!"

"Hush-a-bye, baby, on the tree top! / When the wind blows, the ________ will rock;"

The nursery rhyme "Hush-a-Bye Baby" is also commonly known as "Rock-a-bye Baby." This darker rhyme focuses on a baby on a tree trop being knocked to the ground by the wind.

"Rain, rain, go away, / Come again another __________"

"Rain" is a popular and short nursery rhyme. The full rhyme is: "Rain, rain, go away, / Come again another day; / Little Johnny wants to play."

"If wishes were _________, beggars would ride."

"If Wishes Were Horses" is an old rhyme that many use a saying on its own. The complete rhyme is: "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride. / If turnips were watches, I would wear one by my side. / And if “ifs” and “ands” / Were pots and pans,/ There’d be no work for tinkers!"

"Jack and ________ went up the hill, / To fetch a pail of water;"

"Jack and Jill" is a famous old nursery rhyme. While everyone knows the beginning lines, fewer people know the rest of the rhyme in which Jill laughs at Jack for getting hurt, so her dad whips her for it.

"Jerry Hall, he was so _________,"

"Jerry Hall" is a short rhyme. It goes "Jerry Hall, he was so small, / A rat could eat him, hat and all."

"London ___________ is falling down, / My fair Lady."

"London Bridge" is a common nursery rhyme. There are many versions, some even have over a dozen verses.

"Little Miss Muffet / _______ on a tuffet,"

"Little Miss Muffet" is a popular nursery rhyme. In it, she is scared by a spider.

"March winds and April showers / Bring forth ________ flowers."

"March Winds" is a short and sweet rhyme. It teaches kids about the order of the calendar months and what happens during the seasons.

"Mary had a little lamb, / Its fleece was ___________ as snow;"

"Mary Had A Little Lamb" is a classic nursery rhyme. Not many people remember the end off the top of their heads, however. After the lamb follows Mary to school the kids ask the teacher why the lamb loves Mary so much and the teacher says it's because Mary loves the lamb.

"Little Betty Blue / Lost her holiday _______;"

These are the first two lines of the nursery rhyme "Betty Blue." In it, she must get a second matching shoe.

"Hickory, dickory, dock! / The ________ ran up the clock;"

"Hickory, Dickory, Dock" is a simple rhyme. In it a mouse runs up and down a clock.

"Old King Cole / Was a merry old _________,"

"Old King Cole" is a very old nursery rhyme. Some think it might be based off an old Welsh king.

"Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, Baker’s ________!"

"Pat-a-cake" or "Patty Cake" is a nursery rhyme with many different versions. All the versions end with a cake being put in the oven.

"A tisket, a tasket / A green and yellow _________,"

This is from the nursery rhyme "A Tisket, A Tasket." This line is part of the first verse of the old rhyme, which goes "A tisket, a tasket / A green and yellow basket / I wrote a letter to my love / And on the way I dropped it."

"Roses are red, / _______ are blue, / Sugar is sweet / And so are you."

"Roses Are Red" is the nursery rhyme which began the love poem cliche. It's actually the second verse of the poem.

"Mary, Mary, quite contrary,%0DHow does your __________ grow?"

"Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary" is a short rhyme with a nice ring to it. The complete rhyme is: "Mary, Mary, quite contrary, / How does your garden grow? / Silver bells and cockle-shells, / And pretty maids all of a row."

"Old Mother Hubbard; / Went to the cupboard, / To give her poor ________ a bone;"

"Old Mother Hubbard" is a classic rhyme that is a lot longer than most people know. Some versions have over a dozen verses.

"The itsy bitsy _________ climbed up the water spout,"

"The Itsy Bitsy Spider" is one of the most famous nursery rhymes. The entire rhyme is: "The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout, / Down came the rain and washed the spider out, / Out came the sun and dried up all the rain, / And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again."

"Little __________ Horner / Sat in the corner, / Eating of Christmas pie:"

"Little Jack Horner" is a nursery rhyme. In it he pulls a plum out of a Christmas pie with his thumb.

"Pease porridge hot, / Pease porridge _________,"

"Pease Porridge" is a very old rhyme. Pease Porridge is an old English dish made of boiled legumes.

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