Nursery Rhyme Time Contest

July 13, 2011

Do you remember your favorite nursery rhyme?  Have you ever wanted to write a nursery rhyme for your child or for the military child?  Well now’s your chance…We are looking for the most unique, inspirational and/or funny nursery rhymes to share as we celebrate Baby Week at the Exchange.

As a comment to this blog, post your original nursery rhyme for a chance to win a $2,500 Exchange Gift Card.

HOW TO ENTER:   Contest opens at 0001 hrs CDT on 2 September 2011. Send us your nursery rhyme, which must be 50 words or less, as a comment to our blog post “Nursery Rhyme Time Contest” on our blog site *Your post must include your full name, mailing address, email address, and phone number.

JUDGING CRITERIA: All posts will be judged based on the following criteria:

· Relevance to theme (40%)

· Most unique, inspirational, and/or funniest (40%)

· Writing skill/presentation of story (20%)

Limit one entry per authorized Exchange customer. Last day to submit your story is 2359 hrs CDT on 15 September 2011. The “Nursery Rhyme Time Contest” winner will be announced on the blog after 30 September 2011. Prize may not be exchanged or traded and will be sent to the winner’s nearest Army or Air Force Exchange for award presentation. (1) Grand prize winner will receive a $2,500 Exchange gift card, (1) Runner-up will receive a $1,000 Exchange Gift Card and (5) Third Place winners will each receive one $500 Exchange gift card. Prizes sponsored by Delta, Dorel Juvenile Group, LaJobi, Inc and Munchkin.  View full contest details below.

*Please note, that this blog is moderated and all comments will be reviewed and each entrant’s personal information will be removed prior to approving the comment to be posted publicly on the blog.  Content must not include any provocative, crude or foul language.  Any comment that contains any of the afore mentioned language will be subject to immediate disqualification. Please keep in mind that your post will be published for all to see and our Terms of Service must be adhered to. For a complete list of our Terms of Service please click here.

ELIGIBILITY:  All authorized exchange customers are eligible to participate except employees of the Exchange (including military personnel assigned to the Exchange and Exchange retirees), its concessionaires, contractors or representatives providing in-store service or working in an Exchange facility, the firm(s) sponsoring the contest, and the immediate family members of the above.  Immediate family includes spouse, children, parents, persons in loco parentis and resident members of the employee’s immediate household.  This contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

DISCLAIMER:  Each entrant agrees and grants the Exchange permission to make available and display/perform and otherwise distribute entrants’ names and submission in all media in perpetuity without compensation.  All entries must be the original creation of the entrants and/or must not infringe upon copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity, or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity.  The Exchange reserves the right to remove any entry for any reason without notice to the entrant.  Sponsor is not responsible for entries that are incomplete, lost, late, misdirected, or not received due to transmission defaults, computer server failure and/or delayed, garbled or corrupted data transmissions.

In the event of a dispute over the identity of an online entrant, entry will be deemed submitted by the “Authorized Account Holder” of the e-mail address submitted at time of entry.  Authorized Account Holder means the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.  Entry materials/data that have been tampered with or altered, or mass entries or entries generated by a script, macro or use of automated devices are void.  The Sponsor is not responsible for: (i) lost, late, misdirected, damaged or illegible entries; or (ii) error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operations or transmission, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to or alterations of entry materials, or for technical, network, telephone equipment, electronic, computer, hardware or software malfunctions of any kind, or inaccurate transmission of or failure to receive entry information by Sponsor on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any web site or any combination thereof; or (iii) any injury or damage to entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating in this Contest.  By participating in the Contest, you (i) agree to be bound by these official rules, including all eligibility requirements, and (ii) agree to be bound by the decisions of Sponsor and the independent judging organization, which are final and binding in all matters relating to the Contest.  Failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification.  Sponsor will not allow spamming or repeated posting of requests for votes on the Exchange page.  Contest entrants choosing to post vote requests will be disqualified.  Sponsor reserves the right to: (i) permanently disqualify from any Contest it sponsors any person it believes has intentionally violated these Official Rules; and (ii) withdraw the online method of entry if it becomes technically corrupted (including if a computer virus or system malfunction inalterably impairs its ability to conduct the Contest), and to select winners from among all eligible entries received prior to withdrawal.


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Rich M. October 23, 2011 at 6:28 am

This is what your rule stated:

Send us your nursery rhyme, which must be 50 words or less….

This is the definition of the word “must”:

1   [muhst] Show IPA

auxiliary verb
to be obliged or bound to by an imperative requirement: I must keep my word.

to be under the necessity to; need to: Animals must eat to live.

to be required or compelled to, as by the use or threat of force: You must obey the law.

to be compelled to in order to fulfill some need or achieve an aim: We must hurry if we’re to arrive on time.

to be forced to, as by convention or the requirements of honesty: I must say, that is a lovely hat.

So what part of the word “must” am I not understanding?

If you stop reading after the 50th word, then the rhyme would be incomplete and couldnt possibly get “writing skills” credit (20%). SO none othe the other entries were 81% as good as the one selected?
In my opinion, you judged the contest unfairly. Why you chose to do that is beyond me.
Couldnt you find a entry that met your requirements both in letter and spirit?



admin October 25, 2011 at 7:33 am

Hi Rich,

Thanks so much for reaching out to us!

We understand your thoughts and appreciate you sharing them with us.

We apologize for any miscommunication in our rules and will continue to work to make them as clear as possible in future contests.

Please let us know if we can assist you with anything else.

All the best,
Your Exchange Social Media Team


Rich M. October 5, 2011 at 2:05 am

I don’t understand how the grand prize winner can be an entry that does not meet the criteria of 50 words or less.
Makes no sense to me to have rules and then award the biggest prize to someone who didnt follow them.
Had we all been given five extra words, we may have been able to write award winning rhymes too.

Kinda takes the honor out of the whole deal.


admin October 18, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Hi Rich,

Thanks for reaching out to us!
We did not include in our rules that an entrant would be disqualified if their entry was over 50 words; we judged all entries based on the first 50 words alone of each Nursery Rhyme.

All the Best,
Your Exchange Social Media Team


Arsie W. October 3, 2011 at 11:42 am

you and me will never be apart again
bcuz i’ll make the best of everything
i have learn what’s wrong before
so i’ll gonna fight and for
the hindrams that will come on us
now i know how to win success bcuz last tym
that’s what i have missed

we are here to love,to care and to share
the happiness,the sorrowness and fear
but please do promise beside me you’ll be there
to respect and dont let me fool my tears..


ARSIE W. October 3, 2011 at 11:41 am

you and me will never be apart agian
bcuz i’ll make the best of everything
i have learn what’s wrong before
so i’ll gonna fight and for
the hindrams that will come on us
now i know how to win success bcuz last tym
that’s what i have missed

we are here to love,to care and to share
the happiness,the sorrowness and fear
but please do promise beside me you’ll be there
to respect and dont let me fool my tears..


Ana S. October 1, 2011 at 6:18 am

Exchange Social Media Team: where and when we can see the blog post announcing the wineners of the Nursery Rhyme Time Contest?
Thanks so very much and have a very good nice day!


admin October 4, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Hi Ana,

They’ve been announced! Please check our blog post titled “Nursery Rhyme Time Contest Winners!”

All the best,
Your Exchange Social Media Team


Nathaniel R. October 1, 2011 at 12:44 am

When are the winners going to be announced?


admin October 4, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Hi Nathaniel,

They’ve been announced!
Please look for our blog post titled “Nursery Rhyme Time Contest Winners!”

All the best,
Your Exchange Social Media Team


Janell H. September 29, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I was contacted saying that I was a third place winner for “Kisses to Daddy”

If you could please email me information in regards to whom I should contact a Peterson AFB I would greatly appreciate it!


Janell H.


admin October 4, 2011 at 1:29 pm

Hi Janell,

Congrats! We’ll be contacting you soon with next steps.

Your Exchange Social Media Team


Jamie K. September 20, 2011 at 6:03 pm

ummmm….why are there posts after the deadline? hmmm


admin September 21, 2011 at 5:07 am

Jamie, we posted all the submissions we received…however, the late entries have not been included in the batch of entries that were given to the judges.


Jack S. September 18, 2011 at 1:38 am

By: Jarred M. J.

Title: Daddy loves you Daddy cares

Daddy loves you Daddy cares,
I wish I was there…
To hold your hand when we walk
And listen when you talk.
To push you swinging so high
And watch the airplanes fly by.
To find the moon shining bright,
And hold you close at night.
Daddy loves you! Goodnight!
admin 09.15.11 at 10:58 am


Once upon an open door to my refrigerator,
There lived inside a green reptile, but not an alligator.
His eyes looked back, he slowly moved, too cold to get away
I learned to live with my new found frog, I keep until this day!

**Dear Moderator, I believe that there was a problem, and still is! When I entered this, the time stamp read 12:00 (NOT at all the time I submitted), and it is still telling me that “Your comment is awaiting moderation”. I KNOW I was under the deadline, but something went wrong. I also understand due to the rules and/or a computer problem that I am out of this contest, through no fault of right? Just making sure I am out since I haven’t seen my rhyme here.


admin September 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Hi Jack,

We did receive your entry in time–when your comment said “awaiting moderation”, it’s because we were in the process of removing your personal contact info before publishing your entry for the public to see. Your earlier entry should now be visible.

Your Exchange Social Media Team


Kristine T. September 16, 2011 at 5:08 am

By: Kristine T.

Underneath the stars I lay you down
Peacefully you sleep, You make no sound
With a teddy by your side, comfort is what’s in mind
Forsaken you’ll never be, Mommy and Daddy is here with thy
Underneath the stars you shine so bright
Dreams Take off like F-32 Flight.


Timothy M. September 15, 2011 at 9:46 pm

By: Timothy M

Title: “Say Goodnight”

Ten little fingers and ten little toes
Yummy little boogers straight from the nose
Baby’s gonna get cleaned up all right
And soil the diaper as we say goodnight


Kelly G. September 15, 2011 at 9:44 pm

By: Kelly G.

Title: “A Baby’s Smile”

A cute little smile
And baby’s sweet cheeks
Brings joy to her daddy,
Who’s home after weeks!

That smile’s for him–
No doubt in his mind!
He gathers up baby,
And what should he find?

That sometimes a smile
Means something else too.
Sometimes that smile
Means baby went poo!


Connie H. September 15, 2011 at 9:42 pm

By: Connie H.

Title: Lil’ Big

Lil’ peanut in the palm of my hand;
makes my heart exponentially expand.

Light and lofty, lil’ lady bug;
so gentle, so small, such a big bear hug.

Innocent lil’ angel eyes;
growing tales and wild alibis.

Sweet lil’ puddin’ toes;
so big and great – only Heaven knows.


Tasha S. September 15, 2011 at 9:13 pm

By: Tasha S

Hush my little Emma,
Your dad has gone away.
Although for just a little while,
His love for you wont fade.

So hush my little Emma,
And rest your weary eyes.
Have sweet dreams of your Daddy,
For this is NOT goodbye.


Donald W. September 15, 2011 at 8:58 pm

By: Donald W.

Title: Leo The Magical Lion
T’was once a magical lion
that was lost, he had no name
sitting in a field gazing at the stars, looking for a sign
gazing into the night sky, he sees his reflection
with the maiden and the crab
who saw him too!
They said, “there you are, Leo.”
And he was no longer lost but found.


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