children skipping


                  do ACTIONS while jumping rope

I am a little Dutch girl dressed in blue.
Here are the thngs I like to do:
Salute to the captain, bow to the queen
Turn my back on the submarine.
I can do the tap dance, I can do the split.
I can do the holka polka just like this.


Spanish dancer do the splits, splits, splits.
Spanish danceR do the kicks, kicks, kicks.
Spanish dancer turn around, 'round, 'round.
Spanish dancer jump up and down, down, down.
Spanish dancer get out of town. (run out)

Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, show your shoe.
Teddy bear, teddy, bear, that will do.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, go upstairs
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say your prayers
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn out the light
Teddy bear, teddy, bear, say goodnight.

Benjamin Franklin went to France
To teach the ladies how to dance.
First the heel, then the toe,
Spin around and out you go !


Jelly in the bowl, jelly in the bowl.
Wiggle, waggle, wiggle, waggle,
Jelly in the bowl.
Sausage in the pan, sausage in the pan
Turn around, turn around
Sausage in the pan.

Two little sausages frying in the pan.
(two people skip together)
One went POP and the other went BANG!
(one jumps out one side, the other player on the other side)

(an adaptation of a bouncing ball chant)
One one eat a plum
Two two touch your shoe
Three three bend your knee
Four four touch the floor
Five five reach for the sky
Six six pick up sticks
Seven seven pray to heaven
Eight eight slam the gate
Nine nine you're doing fine
Ten ten this is the end

One two buckle your shoe
Three four shut the door
Five six pick up sticks
Seven eight lay them straight
Nine ten this is the end.

 (you can substitute names)

Salome was a dancer.
She danced before the king.
Everytime she danced
She wiggled everything. (wiggle body)
"Stop", said the king (hold out hands in front)
"You can't do that in here."
(Nod head and shake finger)
Salome said "Baloney"
And kicked the chandelier. (kick out foot)

Little Orphan Annie hops on one foot.
Little Orphan Annie hops on two feet.
Little Orphan Annie hops on three feet.
(bend down and touch the floor)
Little Orphan Annie hops on four feet.
(touch floor with both hands)
Little Orphan Annie hops out!

Down the Mississippi where the boats go PUSH
      Players stand in line, on the word push
      the first player is pushed into the rope.
      Then second player is pushed into the rope.
      The second player pushes the first one out, etc.

           IN AND OUT

                 Jumper calls in a friend, by name  

Rooms for rent, inquire within,
As I move out, let (name) come in.

I love coffee, I love tea.
I want (name) to come in with me.

California oranges, fifty cents a pack.
Come on (name) and tap me on the back.
(one comes in and the other jumps out)

Every morning at eight o’clock.
You can hear the postman’s knock.
1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - there goes (name) out the door.
(person named jumps out,next in line comes in)

Sheep in the meadow, cows in the corn.
Jump in on the month that you were born.
January - February - March - - - - 

Everybody, everybody, come on in.
The first one misses must take the end.

Two little dickie birds sittin' on the wall
(the two players jump in) 
One named Peter, one named Paul 
(each player waves at their name) 
Fly away, Peter, fly away, Paul 
(the player exits the rope as name is called) 
Don't you come back 'till your birthday's called 
January, February - - -December 
(player returns when their month is called) 
Now fly away, fly away, fly away all 
(players both exit the rope)


The rhymes were collected from various sources
(phys. ed. manuals, books with rhymes, etc.)
Graphics : sporty smileys | three children skipping

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