First Night Design | One, Two, Buckle My Shoe…

One, Two, Buckle My Shoe
One, Two, Buckle My Shoe Postcard

One two buckle my shoe,
Three, four, knock at the door,
Five, six, pick up sticks,
Seven, eight, lay them straight,
Nine, ten, a big fat hen,
Eleven, twelve, dig and delve,
Thirteen, fourteen, maids a’courting,
Fifteen, sixteen, maids in the kitchen,
Seventeen, eighteen, maids a’waiting,
Nineteen, twenty, my plate’s empty.

How satisfying it is to read nursery rhymes out loud. Go on – try it!

“The things which the child loves remain in the domain of the heart until old age. The most beautiful thing in life is that our souls remain hovering over the places where we once enjoyed ourselves. I am one of those who remembers those places regardless of distance or time.”
Kahlil Gibran, Mirrors of the Soul

As I was Going to St Ives Postcard
As I was Going to St Ives Postcard

As I was going to St. Ives,
I met a man with seven wives,
Each wife had seven sacks,
Each sack had seven cats,
Each cat had seven kits:
Kits, cats, sacks, and wives,
How many were there going to St. Ives?

Both images were scanned from my copy of The Children’s Encyclopaedia by Arthur Mee, published by the Educational Book Company Ltd. These popular volumes were published from 1908 until 1964 but the volumes I have were not given to me as a child but bought in my late teens from a charity shop. There’s no date of publication but the nature of the information and the images suggest the 1920s or 1930s.

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Take care and keep laughing!


26 thoughts on “First Night Design | One, Two, Buckle My Shoe…

  1. I just did, and love it:)
    Can you believe that it has just been ‘discovered’ that by reciting nursery rhymes, children learn to read……I think we could have told them that a long time ago:)
    Have a lovely weekend. Janet:)x

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  2. Blimey Sarah, St Ives is going to be crowded, I make that 2360 after taking away 49 sacks or 2409 if included. I doubt many kiddies will be doing that mental arithmetic.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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  3. I must confess to starting reading them out loud even before you suggested it. A great way to practice English for non-native speakers too… Many of these I’ve picked up over the year and like children’s songs I found them endlessly enchanting. Thanks Sarah!

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  4. You picked some of the best nursery rhymes Sarah – read them aloud before your suggestion! A very nice mixture for my mid-day. Have a beautiful and creative weekend ~

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