This is a very popular nursery rhyme in English and it has the 11284 Roud Folk Song Index number. This song is also a counting-out rhyme as it deals with numbers and counting. The classic and original version of this nursery rhyme is as follows:
Three, four, Knock at the door;
Five, six, Pick up sticks;”
This is how the nursery rhyme goes on for quite a few numbers. Different versions have different lengths, but generally, it goes on till the count of ten at least.
There are many versions which are available online as well as in children’s books and read and sung at schools and nurseries since this song is very catchy as well as educational for infants and older children. It helps children learn counting in a fun and exciting way and even before they realize, they would know counting by heart!
This preschool song dates back to 1805 and was first published in London. Hence, it is considered as a classic nursery rhyme for children and has been in existence for a long time. There are versions available in other languages as well for different countries and cultures.
The meaning of the song is not known to anyone currently and it can only be guessed as the original meaning of this song, like other classics, is simply lost to time. It does, however, stress upon teaching kids on how to count. This nursery rhyme could refer to the traditional workers back in the 17th century who are now in their workshop and getting ready to work with their tools and sticks, or it may simply refer to dinner time.