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Verses, Songs and Fun Jumprope Rhymes for kids


Charlie Chaplin went to France
To teach the ladies how to dance.

First the heel, then the toe,
Then the splits, and around you go!

Salute to the Captain,
Bow to the Queen,
And turn your back on the submarine!

Not last night but the night before
Forty-four robbers came knocking at my door!

Call for the doctor, call for the nurse,
And call for the lady with the alligator purse!

In came the doctor, in came the nurse,   (variation:  add jumpers for the doctor, nurse and lady)
And in came the lady with the alligator purse.

Out went the doctor, out went the nurse,  (variation:  added jumpers exit )
And out went the lady with the alligator purse!

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 )

All in together, birds of a feather:  (children jump in when their birth month is called )
.u.ary,, March,, May, June, ...  

Ice cream soda pop , Lemonade Punch,
Tell me the name of my honey-bunch .. A, B, C, D ....
Jumpers keep jumping until they miss.  The letter that they miss on was supposed to be the first letter of their boyfriends name. 

Or ...

Ice Cream soda pop, cherry on top
Who's your boyfriend (or best friend), I forgot!  A, B, C, D ... 

dressed in yella,
went downstairs to kiss a fella,

Made a mistake
and kissed a snake.
How many doctors will it take?

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, .... jumper continues as high as possible until they miss 

Jump rope game - School

In the first round (Kindergarten) all the jumpers must run through without jumping.
In the second round (First Grade) all the jumpers jump in, jump one time, then jump out.
And so on through the 12th grade.

If jumpers miss or get caught in the rope entering or exiting they have to start back at kindergarten.

Down In The Valley

Down in the valley where the green grass grows
There sat (girl's name) sweet as a rose
She sang, she sang, she sang so sweet
Along came (boy's name) and kissed her cheek
How many kisses did he give her?
1,2,3,4,5... until the jumper misses. 

Dutch Girl
(Act out the different things as you're jumping rope)

I'm a little Dutch girl dressed in blue,
Here are the things I like to do:

Salute to the captain    (salute)
Bow to the queen         (bow)
Turn my back on the submarine  (turn around and face the other direction)
I can do the tap dance (dance)
I can do the splits        (jump up high with legs apart)
I can do the hokey pokey  (turn yourself around)
Just like this!

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
(Act out the different things as you're jumping)

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn around               (turn around)
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear touch the ground        (touch the ground)
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear show your shoe          (kick your foot up high)
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear that will do                
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear go upstairs                 (pretend to walk upstairs)
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear say your prayers         (put palms together)
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear turn off the light          (pretend to turn off the light)
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear say good night            (pretend to sleep)

I like coffee,
I like tea,
I'd like ___________  (fill in blank with friends name)
to jump with me!
The friend that has been named jumps in with the first jumper.  Then the second jumper says the rhyme over again and invites a third jumper to jump.  Keep going until you are out of friends to invite or someone misses.  

Johnny gave me apples,
Johnny gave me pears.

Johnny gave me fifty cents
to kiss him on the stairs.

I gave him back his apples,
I gave him back his pears.

I gave him back his fifty cents
and kicked him down the stairs.


Blackbirds, blackbirds,
Sitting on a wire.

What do you do there?
May we inquire?
'We just sit to see the day,
We just we flock and fly away.
By 1, 2, 3. . . . .
    (jumper counts as high as they can go without missing)

Calling In

Calling in, calling out,
_________ runs in when I run out!  (Jumper calls the name of another jumper and they run in )

I asked my mother for fifty cents
To see the elephant jump the fence.

He jumped so high he touched the sky,
And never came back till the 4th of July.

(The rope is raised a little each time and the jumper has to jump higher and higher)

Bubble Gum

Bubble Gum
Bubble Gum
In a Dish,
How many pieces
Do you wish?
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, ....  (jumper keeps counting until they miss)

Grade School

First grade babies
Second grade tots
Third grade angels
Fourth grade snots
Fifth grade peaches
Sixth grade plums
All the rest are dirty bums
Optional:  Do hot pepper (the rope turners turn the rope as fast as they can)

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 fifty cents,
cents, cents,

To see the elephant,
elephant, elephant,  
Jump the fence,
fence, fence,
They jumped so high,
high, high,  
They touched the sky,
sky, sky,
And didn't come back,
back, back,  
Till the fourth of July,
li, li





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