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Games Kids Play, Clapping Games, Jump Rope Rhymes and Playground Songs

Games Kids Play, Clapping Games, Jump Rope Rhymes and Playground Songs

Playground games and jump rope songs are some of the most fun things I remember from when I was a kid. Decades later I can chant along and perform complex clapping patterns with friends who share those memories with me. The characters and tunes stay with you and when you least expect it, Ms. Lucy and her Steamboat and Miss Mary Mack are playing Down in the Valley while Cinderella Dressed in Yellow turns around with teddy bears.

These games, songs and clapping patterns have been passed from grade to grade, from kid to kid, camp to camp and school to school for generations. Some are regional favorites, but many are wide spread and can be heard on playgrounds throughout the United States. Share your favorites with us, and if you can have someone take a quick video while you show us how it’s done. I hope you enjoy this collection of kids games and childhood fun!

recess games from school

Double Double Clapping Game

Double double this this, Double double that that, Double this, Double that, Double double this that.

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Spanish Dancer Jumps Rope

Not last night but the night before, Twenty-four robbers came knocking at my door I asked them what they wanted, And this is what they…

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Do You Know How to Eat an Oreo? Clapping Game

(hands pressed together and tapped back and forth against the other person’s, then clapped on top and the bottom, then left hands held, right hand…

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Cat’s Cradle String Game

Cat’s cradle is a series of string figures created and passed back and forth between two (or more) people as a game. The name of…

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Apple On A Stick

Apple on a stick Makes me sick Makes my heart beat Two forty six Not because it’s dirty, Not because it’s clean, Not because I…

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Quaker’s Meeting

Kids sit in a circle facing each other. Chant together… Quaker’s meeting has begun no more laughing no more fun if you show your teeth…

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