Looking for the best Chinese nursery rhymes for babies, toddlers, and children? To help you learn classic songs in Mandarin, I’m sharing lyrics for Chinese nursery rhymes with Pinyin and English translations.
Music is a fun and special way to teach kids Chinese. It’s how I learned the language as a parent, too!
Thanks to cute sound books, children can listen to Mandarin songs and nursery rhymes anytime.
Mandarin Chinese nursery rhymes music books with lyrics
We’re obsessed with the BaoBao Learns Chinese music book series with Mandarin children’s songs!
Each nursery rhyme book features 6 classic songs with lyrics in simplified Chinese, Pinyin, and English.
With a push of a button, you can hear a real person sing each lovely Mandarin song. The buttons are easy enough for toddlers to push, and the thick, durable pages can withstand busy little hands.
With the flick of a switch, you can control the power and volume (Off/Low/High) on the back cover. Two AAA batteries are also included in the child-safe battery compartment. In this 90-second video, I show how to use these Mandarin nursery rhyme books.
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Popular Mandarin Chinese nursery rhymes lyrics for kids
If you aren’t able to access the Mandarin nursery rhyme music books, here are the lyrics to popular children’s songs transcribed as follows:
- Simplified Chinese / traditional Chinese (if different)
I’ve included a mix of classic Chinese children’s songs and translated English nursery rhymes.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in Chinese
This sweet lullaby has been part of our nightly bedtime routine since my children were babies. Since the translated lyrics are a little different from the original English song, I’ve typed out the literal meaning of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star in Chinese.
一闪一闪亮晶晶 / 一閃一閃亮晶晶 (Yī shǎn yī shǎn liàng jīng jīng) Twinkle twinkle sparkling 满天都是小星星 / 滿天都是小星星 (Mǎn tiān dōu shì xiǎo xīng xīng) The sky is full of little stars 挂在天空放光明 / 掛在天空放光明 (Guà zài tiān kōng fàng guāng míng) Shining, hanging in the sky 好像许多小眼睛 / 好像很多小眼睛 (Hǎo xiàng xǔ duō xiǎo yǎn jīng) Like many little eyes 一闪一闪亮晶晶 / 一閃一閃亮晶晶 (Yī shǎn yī shǎn liàng jīng jīng) Twinkle twinkle sparkling 满天都是小星星 / 滿天都是小星星 (Mǎn tiān dōu shì xiǎo xīng xīng) The sky is full of little stars
Happy Birthday Song in Chinese
After learning these song lyrics, you’ll be ready to sing Happy Birthday in Chinese! Singing this song in Chinese could be a fun surprise gift for a Chinese-speaking friend.
祝你生日快乐 / 祝你生日快樂 (Zhù nǐ shēng rì kuài lè) Happy Birthday to You 祝你生日快乐 / 祝你生日快樂 (Zhù nǐ shēng rì kuài lè) Happy Birthday to you 祝你幸福， 祝你健康 (Zhù nǐ xìng fú, zhù nǐ jiàn kāng) Here’s to your happiness, Here’s to your good health 祝你前途光明 (Zhù nǐ qián tú guāng míng) May your future be bright 祝你生日快乐 / 祝你生日快樂 (Zhù nǐ shēng rì kuài lè) Happy Birthday to you 祝你生日快乐 / 祝你生日快樂 (Zhù nǐ shēng rì kuài lè) Happy Birthday to you 祝你幸福， 祝你健康 (Zhù nǐ xìng fú, zhù nǐ jiàn kāng) Here’s to your happiness, Here’s to your good health 有个温暖家庭 / 有個溫暖家庭 (Yǒu gè wēn nuǎn jiā tíng) Here’s to your family
Where Are My Friends Song in Chinese
This timeless nursery rhyme teaches how to count in Mandarin. The repetition is fantastic for practicing common phrases like 在哪里/ 在哪裡 (Zài nǎ lǐ?/ Where is it?) and 在这里 / 在這裡(Zài zhè lǐ! Zài zhè lǐ! / It’s here!).
一二三四五六七 (Yī èr sān sì wǔ liù qī) One, two, three, four, five, six, seven 我的朋友在哪里？/ 我的朋友在哪裡？ (Wǒ de péng yǒu zài nǎ lǐ?) Where are my friends? 在这里！ 在这里！/ 在這裡！ 在這裡！ (Zài zhè lǐ! zài zhè lǐ!) They're here! They're here! 我的朋友在这里 / 我的朋友在這裡 (Wǒ de péng yǒu zài zhè lǐ) My friends are all here
Elephant Chinese Nursery Rhyme
大象 (Dà xiàng / Elephant) was one of my children’s top favorite songs when they were little. I love that it encourages positive affirmations by celebrating the beauty of the elephant’s trunk.
When my children and I sing this Chinese song, we get creative and brainstorm other animals with long body parts, such as 猴子 (hóuzi / monkey) with long arms. Then, we would sub in those animals and keep on singing.
Because animals with short body parts are also cute, we would give those animals a chance to shine in this song, too!
大象, 大象 (Dà xiàng, dà xiàng) Elephant, elephant 你的鼻子为什么那么长？/ 你的鼻子為什麼那麼長？ (Nǐ de bízi wèishéme nàme cháng?) Why is your nose so long? 妈说鼻子长才是漂亮 / 媽媽說鼻子長才是漂亮 (Māmā shuō bízi cháng cái shì piàoliang.) Mama says long noses are beautiful.
Head Shoulders, Knees, and Toes in Chinese
This classic nursery rhyme helps children learn basic body parts in Mandarin.
头,肩膀,膝盖 脚, 膝盖 脚 / 頭,肩膀,膝蓋 腳, 膝蓋 腳 (Tóu, jiānbǎng, xīgài jiǎo) Head, shoulders, knees and toes 膝盖 脚 / 膝蓋 腳 (Xīgài jiǎo) Knees and toes 头,肩膀,膝盖 脚, 膝盖 脚 / 頭,肩膀,膝蓋 腳, 膝蓋 腳 (Tóu, jiānbǎng, xīgài jiǎo) Head, shoulders, knees and toes 膝盖 脚 / 膝蓋 腳 (Xīgài jiǎo) Knees and toes 眼睛,耳朵,鼻子,和嘴巴 (Yǎnjīng, ěrduo, bízi hé zuǐba) Eyes and ears and nose and mouth 头,肩膀,膝盖 脚, 膝盖 脚 / 頭,肩膀,膝蓋 腳, 膝蓋 腳 (Tóu, jiānbǎng, xīgài jiǎo) Head, shoulders, knees and toes
Row Row Row Your Boat in Chinese
This soothing Mandarin song makes for a calming bedtime lullaby.
划,划,划小船 (Huà, huà, huà xiǎochuán) Row, row, row your boat 缓缓顺流而下/緩緩順流而下 (Huǎn huǎn shùnliú ér xià) Gently down the stream 真开心,真开心,真开心,真开心 / 真開心,真開心,真開心,真開心 (Zhēn kāixīn, zhēn kāixīn, zhēn kāixīn, zhēn kāixīn) Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily 生活像梦境/生活像夢境 (Shēnghuó xiàng mèngjìng) Life is but a dream
Good Little Rabbit Chinese Nursery Rhyme
This classic nursery rhyme comes with life lessons: don’t open the door to strangers! It’s also a popular Chinese New Year song, particularly during the Year of the Rabbit.
小兔子乖乖 (Xiǎo tùzi guāi guāi) Good little rabbit 把门开开 / 把門開開 (Bǎ mén kāi kāi) Open up the door 快点儿开开 / 快點兒開開 (Kuài diǎn ér kāi kāi) Open it quickly 我要进来 / 我要進來 (Wǒ yào jìnlái) I want to come in 不开 不开 我不开 / 不開 不開 我不開 (Bù kāi bù kāi wǒ bù kāi) No, no, I will not open it 妈妈没回来 / 媽媽沒回來 (Māmā méi huílái) Mama is not home 谁来也不开 / 誰來也不開(Shuí lái yě bù kāi) No matter who it is, I will not open the door 小兔子乖乖 (Xiǎo tùzi guāi guāi) Good little rabbit 把门开开 / 把門開開 (Bǎ mén kāi kāi) Open up the door 快点儿开开 / 快點兒開開 (Kuài diǎn ér kāi kāi) Open it quickly 我要进来 / 我要進來 (Wǒ yào jìnlái) I want to come in 就开 就开 我就开 / 就开 就开 我就开(Jiù kāi jiù kāi wǒ jiù kāi) Okay, okay, I will open it right away妈妈回来了 / 媽媽回來了 (Māmā huílái le) Mama came back home 快点把门开 / 快點把門開(Kuài diǎn bǎ mén kāi) I will open the door right away
Itsy Bitsy Spider in Chinese
The lyrics for this translated nursery rhyme are a little more advanced than the other Chinese songs here! There’s a lot of action with the spider going up and down the water spout and the weather changing, but it’s definitely a lot of fun for kids.
一只两只蜘蛛爬呀爬出来 / 一隻兩只蜘蛛爬呀爬出來 (Yī zhī liǎng zhī zhī zhū pá ya pá chū lái) Itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout 雨水落下来帮它洗洗澡 / 雨水落下來幫它洗洗澡 (Yǔ shuǐ luò xià lái bāng tā xǐ xǐ zǎo) Down came the rain and washed the spider out 太阳出来了照着它身体呀 / 太陽出來了照著它身體呀 (Tài yáng chū lái le zhào zhé tā shēn tǐ ya) Out came the sun and dried up all the rain 一只两只蜘蛛爬呀爬出来 / 一隻兩只蜘蛛爬呀爬出來 (Yī zhī liǎng zhī zhī zhū pá ya pá chū lái) Now itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again
What are your children’s favorite Chinese nursery rhymes?
What are your favorite Chinese children’s songs for learning Mandarin? I hope the nursery rhyme lyrics in Chinese, Pinyin, and English were helpful for your family. Please share your experience in the comments below!