I sang Humpty Dumpty with my class when I was a child. I always enjoyed nursery rhymes. They were easy to learn because they told such interesting stories and because they rhymed so wonderfully.
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
All the King's horses, And all the King's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again!
These ryhmes were not invented by children, but, as you probably know, represented real events. The stories were passed on from generation to generation in rhyme form. When I learned Humpty Dumpty as a six-year-old, I had no idea of its original meaning, so I invented one for mysef. I figured that Humpty Dumpty was a very fat person who made the mistake of sitting on a wall. When he fell he hurt himself badly, and because he was fat, even the King and all his horses and men, were not able to help the man get up. Why the King would get involved, I didn't know, but it proved that nobody could help poor Humpty. The valuable lesson to be learned, in my six-year-old mind, was that fat people should not sit on walls. :)
Another favorite of mind was Ring Around the Rosy. As children we would hold hands and dance in a circle singing the words:
Ring around the rosy
A pocketful of posies
We all fall down!
At the end of the rhyme we all fell to the ground at the same time. What fun that was!
I didn't know back then exactly what the words meant. The rhyme is beautiful and threatening at the same time. Flowers and ashes together...how strange! When we all sang together and circled hand in hand, it had a magically scary effect. I have sinced learned that the rhyme is actually a commemoration of the bubonic plague that destroyed Europe in the Middle Ages.
There were so many beautiful and interesting nursery rhymes. I still remember most of them some 50 years later!