These are two of the old nursery rhymes sang by my late Tok (Penang grandmother) long time ago…
Nyai nyai bo
These rhymes are accompanied by hand gestures. For the first one, is opening and closing your fist while reciting the rhyme. The second one is waving your open palm back and forth, gracefully, to the second rhyme.
One very familiar nursery rhyme is sang while clapping your hands together:
Pok amai amai
Pok <insert child’s name here> pandai
Nanti upah susu
From my Nenek in Malacca, two rhymes sang when a child has knock himself/herself and cried;
Tungku tangkal panjat pintu
Orang nakal memang begitu
Tungku tangkal panjat peran
Orang nakal memang tak jeran
The idea is to sing these rhymes to make the pain go away, while being a bit sarcastic at the same time. Ha ha ha…
There is one more that I am not familiar with. Mak asks me to check with my Mak Long for the correct words. Once I got it, I will post it here.