Poems & Rhymes

Little Miss Muffet

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English nursery rhyme about a girl who gets scared by a spider.

2 minutes
12 - 60 months
Group size
0 - 8 tots

Poems & Rhymes

Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet
Eating her curds and whey;
Along came a spider
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away.


La señorita Mufete
Sentada en un taburete
Comía su cuajado con suero;
Una enorme araña llegó
A su lado se sentó
Y asustada la señorita Mufete huyó.


La señorita del arete
Se sentó en su taburete
Con su requesón para comer;
Una araña de pronto llegó
Y la asustó, ella gritó
Y jamás quiso volver.

Possibly written in the 16th century about a little girl named Patience, the daughter of Dr. Thomas Muffet (Moffett or Moufet) who was an entomologist specializing in silkworms. Possibly she was frightened one morning at breakfast by one of her father's bugs. First written version of this rhyme appeared in 1805 in Songs for the Nursery.

Original Source

Mother Goose

Developmental skills


Secondary language