One Two Three Four Five Origin and Meaning

"One Two Three Four Five"  is one of the kids' favorite nursery rhymes and children songs. It is also a counting-out rhyme used to select one person from a group. The nursery rhyme also serves educational purpose and is a great tool for parents and teachers to help little learners recognize and memorize the numbers in a most fun-filled and entertaining way.
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Origin and meaning 

The songwriter of the "One Two Three Four Five" nursery rhyme is not known. It was first printed in Mother Goose's Melody in 1765. Until the late nineteenth century, the earliest version of the nursery rhyme had only  one stanza. Also, in the lyrics, "Hare" was used instead of "fish". The modern version is credited to Henry Bolton.

Used as counting-out rhyme

"One Two Three Four Five" is used as counting-out nursery rhyme by young children and kids. The game has many local or regional variants.

This simple games is played to choose a player from a group to be "it",  for the purpose of playing another game. No material or props are required to the play and kids play with spoken words. Sometimes, the singing is accompanied by hand gestures. 

In the counting-out game, usually one player points at each player in a circle formed by players while singing or reciting the song. At each word, new player is pointed at and at the end of the nursery rhyme, one who is pointed is "it" or "out". 

The game is also played in a different way at some places! Players standing in a circle put two feet in while reciting the rhyme. At the conclusion, that player removes one foot and the rhyme begins with next person. In this version, it is the player who has removed both feet first is "it" or "out". 

Teach numbers with One Two Three Four Five

Learning should not be a chore for little ones. And if you are looking for some great idea to teach them how to count, you can sing "One Two Three Four Five" rhyme. Yes! The nursery rhyme can help the preschoolers memorize numbers. Encourage your kids to sing or recite the rhyme, so that they will learn numbers from 1 to 10 in the most engaging way.