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Rhyme & Reason

13 Aug 2019

We’re in the midst of the summer holidays with return to school looming in a few weeks. New uniforms and pencil cases will soon be making their way to the school gates. Few things bring back the nostalgia of the school playground than game rhymes, be they skipping, counting or clapping.

Do you remember any of these?

Skipping Games 

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. (Each line accompanied by the movement while skipping)

I like coffee, I like tea, I like the boys and the boys like me, Yes—No– Maybe so—Yes—No– Maybe so …etc.. (the answer is revealed when the child misses. )

Spanish dancer, turn around, (jumper turns around ) Spanish dancer, touch the ground. (jumper touches the ground) Spanish dancer, do a high kick, (jumper does a high kick) Spanish dancer, get out of town quick! (jumper exits and the next jumper begins )

Counting Out 

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe Catch a tiger by the toe If he hollers let him go, Eeny, meeny, miny, moe My mother told me To pick the very best one And you are [not] it.

Each peach, pear, plum, Out goes Tom Thumb; Tom Thumb won’t do, Out goes Betty Blue Betty Blue won’t go, So out goes you.

Ibble obble black bobble, ibble obble out, Turn the dirty dish cloth inside out, Once if it’s dirty, twice if it’s clean, Ibble obble black bobble, you are out!

Ip dip doo, Doggie did a poo, Cat did a wee wee, Out goes you.

Clapping Rhymes 

Mary had a little lamb, she thought it was quite silly, To throw him up into the air and catch him by his, Willy was a sheepdog, running through the grass, Along came a bee and stung him on the, Ask no questions, tell no lies, I saw a policeman open up his, Flies are a nuisance, bees are worse, That is the end of my little verse.

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man. Bake me a cake as fast as you can. Pat it, roll it, and mark it with a B. Put it in the oven for baby and me. Patty cake, patty cake, baker’s man, Bake me a cake as fast as you can. Roll it up, roll it up, And throw it in a pan! Patty cake, patty cake, baker’s man.

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