Sunday, April 12, 2009

Learning Clapping Games


I remember being on the playground at school and we had 20 minutes to do whatever we wanted for recess. One of my favorite activities were clapping games. I so enjoyed connecting with other girls in this way. It was great fun to see how fast we could get going while chanting clapping rhymes.
Devin, Tiff and Ivy have shown interest in learning the games I played as a child. I found a few websites which bring me back to the day when we were let free, outside in the sunshine after sitting at a desk for hours. I love passing these childhood rhymes down to my kids.
Here Ivy and I are sitting on the kitchen table clapping and chanting to "Miss Mary Mack".

Miss Mary Mack Mack Mack
All dressed in black, black, black
With silver buttons, buttons, buttons
All down her back, back, back.

She asked her mother, mother, mother
For 50 cents, cents, cents
To see the elephants, elephants, elephants
Jump over the fence, fence, fence.

They jumped so high, high, high
They reached the sky, sky, sky
And they didn't come back, back, back
'Til the 4th of July, ly, ly!

3 comments:

Shady Lady said...

I taught this clapping game to my daughter last year and she loved it. When I learned it the cost was only 15 cents. I must be older than you. ;)

Thanks for reminding me and for sharing the website. Very cool!

Danielle said...

Ms Susie had a steamboat.
The steamboat had a bell.
Ms Susie went to Heaven.
The steamboat went to..

HELLo operator.
Dial me number nine
And if you disconnect me
I'll kick your...

BEHIND the refrigerator
lay a piece of glass
Ms Susie fell upon it
And broke her little...

ASSk me no more questions
Tell me no more lies
The boys are in the bathroom
Zipping up their

FLIES are in the city.
Bees are in the park
Ms Susie and her boyfriend
are kissing in the dark

Jennifer said...

Hey Dayna did you read "I Love You rituals?" This book is awesome with all kind of clapping games. I use some of the revised "nice" nursery rhymes in my kids murals. I checked it out and now I have to but it...it was that fun!

Love & Peace ~Jen