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Jump Rope Songs, Rhymes, and Chants

Updated on March 4, 2017
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Sheila grew up jumping rope in the Boston area and still remembers all those silly rhymes she sang when a child.

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Jump Rope Songs: Rhythmic Chants in Children's Play

Kids' lives today are becoming more and more sedentary. Jump rope can offer great exercise to keep both girls and boys healthy and active as they grow.

Are you looking for some jump rope songs to teach someone you know? Come along with me to jump rope memory lane where I'll share with you the jump rope songs, rhymes, and chants that my friends and I sang as young girls. I hope you will find some jump rope songs here that will spark your own memories, too.

I have also included information and videos about Double Dutch, Chinese Jump Rope, and Jump Rope for Heart, all ways that an old game has taken on new forms.

Jump Rope Rhyme: Banana Banana

The First Jump Rope Song I Ever Learned!

For this jump rope song, the child in the middle jumped until we sang the word "split." Then she'd do a little split with her legs before jumping again. The poor child often tripped over the rope if she was new at the game!

Banana, banana

Banana split!

Mama bought

a newborn chick!

Chickie died.

Mama cried.

Banana, banana

Banana split!

Songs Passed Down from Kid to Kid

When I was a little girl, jump rope songs were very popular. I grew up on the outskirts of Boston, Massachusetts, during a time when girls were not included in sports. We didn't even have gym as part of our school day -- hard to believe in a place where today sports are such an important part of the culture.

Jump rope during recess or after school was the main physical outlet for our childish energies. And jump rope songs or chants, passed down from girl to girl, were our main exposure to rhyme and rhythm.

Jump rope was big. And necessary. Which doesn't mean our songs were profound -- just valuable as something that belonged solely to kids.

Another Jump Rope Rhyme: Ice Cream Soda

This One Always Made Me Nervous—Would I Get Teased?

Sometimes while everyone sang this song, the girl jumping would hesitate or giggle and be unable to finish. After all, who wants to be linked too closely to a boy when you're only seven or eight years old? "Yuck!"

Ice cream soda

with a cherry on top

What are the initials

of your sweetheart?

Capital R N

(Didn't know him then, but that's the one I married.)

Easy to Find Equipment: A Simple Rope

A children's game using few supplies: All you need Is a piece of rope, with or without the handles.
A children's game using few supplies: All you need Is a piece of rope, with or without the handles. | Source

Jump Rope Through History -- the Origins

Jumping Rope or Skipping Rope?

Wikipedia describes the origins of skipping rope (the British term) or jumping rope (the American term) as unclear, but evidence points to its originating from activities done in Egypt and by the aborigines of Australia, as well as to practices in China.

Whatever its origins, children are often seen jumping rope in Medieval paintings. Its popularity grew among inner city kids during the 1940s and 50s, took on a "fitness" flavor in the 1970s, and today is becoming popular as a competitive sport.

What is your experience jumping rope?

Children Jump Rope All Over the World.

These children are jumping in the schoolyard.
These children are jumping in the schoolyard. | Source

Jump Rope Songs in Different Versions

Did You Sing This Jump Rope Song?

Which Version Did You Sing?

Because jump rope songs are passed down orally from child to child, the words can vary from region to region and even from neighborhood to neighborhood. You may notice differences between the songs you remember and the ones I have written here or the ones to which I have provided links.

That's as it should be for an oral tradition. It may also add interest.

For example, why, in one version, did Cinderella kiss a snake and need lots of doctors to make her better after she kissed him, while in another version she was simply playing her cello?

The first version may just be silly, but it could also be a way a girl was being warned against kissing a guy who could turn out to be as sneaky and unreliable as a snake and to warn her that she could get hurt by kissing the wrong person.

Jump Rope Chant: Cinderella

Two Versions of This Jump Rope Song

If the kids singing this song are from some regions of the US, the word "Cinderella" actually does rhyme with "yellow" and "fellow" ("yella" and "fella").

Cinderella

Dressed in yellow

Went upstairs

To kiss her fellow.

By mistake

She kissed a snake

How many doctors

Did it take?

Pepper: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10

In case you forget, "pepper" means you speed up turning the rope. You count until you miss jumping and the number you "trip over" is the answer to the "how many" question!

Another version:

Cinderella

Dressed in yellow

Went outside

To play her cello

How many minutes

Did she take?

Pepper: 10-20-30-40-50-60!

She practiced a whole hour. Wow! Good for her!

Another Rhyme: Under and Over the Moon

(The words in parentheses describe actions and are not spoken.)

Under

(child runs under the rope as it turns and runs around the end holder)

and Over

(child jumps over the rope from the opposite side)

Under and over the moon

The baby dropped the spoon

So pick it up

(she reached down and pretends to pick up the spoon)

Pick it up

(she does it again)

Under and over the moon!

Baby in the Highchair: Another Jump Rope Rhyme I Learned Early On

I Don't Think We Thought Too Deeply About What It Meant!

This jump rope song seems brutal bringing it to mind now as an adult, but I don't think as kids we thought through the meaning of it.

Baby in the highchair

Who put him in?

Ma

Pa

Whoopsieda!

Wrap him up in tissue paper.

Send him down the elevator.

See how many hours he can sleep!

Pepper - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 . . .

(until the child trips on the rope.)

Skipping Rope: We Learn About Each Other Through Play

Learning How to Get Along with Others

What I remember most about my years jumping rope was the camaraderie with a group of girls whose young lives I shared. I remember the swish of the uniform skirts and the swing of pony tails and braids.

When twenty-five girls let out for recess, they would show a different side of themselves as they entered the swing of the rope than they would show during our lessons in school. Certain girls would demand to be queen; others would show compassion to their playmates; still others would be cranky or confrontational.

We learned a lot during these playtimes about getting along with others and about challenging ourselves.

Jump Rope Rhyme: Fudge Fudge

Babies Didn't Really Have a Gender in This Jump Rope Song

Here is another example of a rhyme with different versions. In one version I have recently discovered, it is the jumping girl who has had a baby and "her boyfriend is going crazy!" I suppose kids who are using the song adjust the rhyme according to what makes sense to them and then pass on that version to the younger kids.

Fudge fudge

Call the judge

Mama's got a newborn baby.

It isn't a boy

It isn't a girl

It's just a plain old baby!

More Rhymes Below

I have a lot more rhymes to share, but I thought I'd pause here to find out what your experience playing this game has been. Feel free to add to the discussion in the comment section, but if what you're looking for is just the rhymes, be sure to scroll down to read more. Some of my favorite rhymes are printed below.

I have also added Double Dutch videos and information about Jump for Heart, a fitness program popular in many communities. There's even an instruction video for Chinese Jump Rope, another variation of the jump rope theme.

I Had a Little Turtle

Turtle in a BIG bathtub!
Turtle in a BIG bathtub! | Source

Jump Rope Rhyme: I Had a Little Turtle/Lady With the Alligator Purse

Similar Jump Rope Songs

This rhyme is a case where one song was adapted and added to another similar song.

I had a little turtle.

His name was Tiny Tim.

I put him in the bathtub

to see if he could swim.

He drank up all the water.

He ate the bar of soap.

He woke up in the morning

with a bubble in his throat.

(The children wiggle their index fingers across their lips when singing the last line to sound as if there are bubbles in their own throats.)

This is the song the way I learned it as a kid:

Miss Penny had a baby.

She named him Tiny Tim.

She put him in the bathtub

to see if he could swim.

He drank up all the water.

He ate the bar of soap.

He would have eaten the bathtub

but it wouldn't fit down his throat.

Miss Penny called the doctor.

Miss Penny called the nurse.

Miss Penny called the lady with the alligator purse.

In came the doctor

In came the nurse

In came the lady with the alligator purse

"Measles!" said the doctor.

"Mumps!" said the nurse.

"Everything!" said the lady with the alligator purse.

Out went the doctor.

Out went the nurse.

Out went the lady with the alligator purse.

I have heard versions in which the doctor, nurse, and alligator purse parts were added to the turtle version.

When played with a group of girls, a new jumper can enter the swinging rope for each "in came the . . ." and leave again when the words "out went the ..." are sung.

In Came the Doctor, In Came the Nurse . . .

And don't forget the lady with the alligator purse!
And don't forget the lady with the alligator purse! | Source

Which Version of This Jump Rope Song Did You Learn?

Which version of this jump rope song do you prefer?

Jump Rope Rhyme: Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,

Turn around!

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,

Touch the ground!

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,

Walk upstairs,

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,

Say your prayers.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,

Turn off the light,

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear,

Say good-night!

2 Jump Rope Rhymes Also Used in Clapping Games

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.


I Asked My Mother for Fifty Cents


I asked my mother

For fifty cents

To see the elephant

Jump the fence.

He jumped so high,

He touched the sky,

And didn't come back

Till the Fourth of July!

Here's a Fun Jump Rope Chant - Sesame Street ABC's

Jump Rope Rhyme: A My Name is Alice

Alphabet Jump Rope Song

As kids, we often jumped the alphabet. When no one could think of anything better, we'd make a line beside one of the two girls swinging the rope and then jump in and out with each girl yelling out the next letter in the alphabet.

This was a fast-moving jump rope game, as we tried to follow each other without missing a beat. If you were late jumping in, you bore the wrath of all the others because the whole point of this game was to keep moving.

It was also a game which included the maximum number of kids possible. This was an important point in a baby boomer classroom where we could have 50 kids in a classroom all tolled. The boys tended not to play, but still . . .

Here's another great -- though not as fast -- jump rope rhyme for reinforcing the alphabet:

A my name is Alice;

My husband's name is Al;

We live in Alabama,

And we sell apples.


(The first child jumps out and the second one jumps in to continue the chant.)

B my name is Barbara;

My husband's name is Ben;

We live in Boston,

And we sell balloons.

The same pattern is repeated as each child takes a turn until all the letters of the alphabet have been used.

Children can have a lot of fun thinking up names, places, and items to sell. They also get practice with beginning sounds. Depending on the number of children playing, they may have to think up names pretty quickly!

Some Other Fun Games Using a Jump Rope - Fun for Summer Parties

This video shows you some other ways you can use the simple jump rope to have fun with kids. One game is for younger kids who haven't yet developed the motor skills and coordination for regular jump rope. I remember this snake game from when I was young and I also remember how quickly we thought of it as a game for "babies" as our jumping skills improved.

The other is a real summer game -- lots of fun for jumping in hot weather!

Jump Rope Rhyme: All in Together Girls

Months of the Year Jump Rope Song

As this rhyme begins, all the girls jump into the swinging rope together and then jump out when their birthday month is called.

All in together, girls,

Very fine weather, girls,

I spy teacher hanging out the clothes.

Fire! Fire!

Teacher is a liar!

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December!

I don't know about you, but that was how I got to really know the order of the months of the year. I don't know how the teachers felt overhearing our shrill voices calling them liars in the schoolyard, though.

Here's Another Months of the Year Jump Rope Song

Jump Rope Rhyme to Learn

At the start of this jump rope chant, all the children not turning the rope are inside ready to jump. Needless to say, you need a very long rope if you have a lot of kids! I can remember the ropes that we used needed to be wrapped a few times around the turners' hands until a jump rope song like this one was played. Then, of course, we used the whole length.

As the rope turns and the song is sung, everyone jumps together. When your birthday month is called, you jump out and wait until all the months are called and all the kids have jumped out.

Apples, peaches, pears, and plums,

Tell me when your birthday comes:

January, February,

March, April, May,

June, July, August,

September, October,

November, December!

Double Dutch

Jumping Rope Becomes a Competitive Sport!

Double Dutch Fun

Double Dutch requires more skill than ordinary jump rope.
Double Dutch requires more skill than ordinary jump rope. | Source

Double Dutch Jump Rope

More Challenging Skill to Develop Than Ordinary Jump Rope

Double dutch uses two ropes that are swung alternately, similar to how an egg beater works. The beat of the ropes' movement is important. It takes more skill to master double dutch jump roping.

Double Dutch has become popular in some circles as a competitive sport. Begun in the inner cities of the U.S., Double Dutch has spread to such faraway locales as England and Japan. The following videos will show some of the ways this sport has been developed.

Jump Rope in the City - Watch This Double Dutch Video -- Wow!

I Like Coffee, I Like Tea

I like coffee

I like tea

I like (name)

to jump with me!

Each child calls out the name of another child until all kids are jumping together. When everyone is in, you can:

  1. Jump pepper;
  2. Count and jump out at your age; or
  3. Jump the letters of the alphabet with girls jumping out when their first initial is called.

You can also play this with the first child jumping out after she calls a new child in, so that the game can go on and on as long as you want, but there's always the chance that some kids could be left out altogether if people keep calling in the same kids to jump.

Having the whole group of kids jumping together can be an added thrill. You get to jump with all of your friends as long as you all can until somebody trips and is out.

Teaching Others a New Skill.

I find the following video interesting because of the way one group of girls is teaching another group from a different culture how to perfect a new skill. As teaching another how to do something often results in getting better at doing it yourself, I'm sure both groups of girls benefitted from the experience.

Double Dutch Goes International! - Sharing Double Dutch with the World

Double Dutch: A Fancy Way to Jump Rope - How to Do Double Dutch

Boy, has jump rope come a long way! As Double Dutch, jump rope has become a competitive sport that uses moves you'd find in break dancing and gymnastics! Some of these kids are amazing to watch! And the popularity of Double Dutch has spread internationally.

Would you like to have some tips about how to do this exciting sport? Watch these jumpers from across the world and then read the requirements for competition below for some helpful tips.

Double Dutch Holiday Classics: A Competitive Sport

Competing in Double Dutch

If you and your friends were to enter a Double Dutch competition, these are the requirements you'd need to meet:

  • Compulsory
  • Speed
  • Fusion, or Free Style

If you want to learn more about the history of the sport or want to find out how you can get involved, here is a link to The National Double Dutch League, which sponsors the tournaments and conducts camps for training kids and coaches.

Jump Rope Competition - Brooklyn's Jazzy Jumpers

This Isn't the Way I Played Jump Rope as a Kid - But It Sure Looks Like Fun!

Jump Rope Rhyme: Spanish Dancer

Another Favorite Jump Rope Song

This has some similarity to the Teddy Bear rhyme, but it's a bit racier. Was that why we were fascinated by it? I'm not sure as children we really thought through the meanings behind some of the words, to tell the truth. But the unknown was something that probably made us choose this rhyme again and again.

Not last night, but the night before

Twenty-four robbers came

Knocking at my door.

I went out

(The child jumps out of the rope.)

While they went in

(She runs around the person swinging, and then she jumps back in from the other side.)

All they wanted was a bottle of gin!

Spanish lady, turn around, round, round!

Spanish lady, touch the ground, ground, ground!

Spanish lady, point your shoe, shoe, shoe!

Spanish lady, twenty-three skidoo, skidoo, skidoo!

(The child jumping performs all the actions mentioned. For "twenty-three skidoo," she does a little dance.)

Rhymes about Romance

Looking to the Future

For some reason, a lot of our jump rope songs touched on romance and who we were going to marry when we grew up. Here's a rhyme that caused us to hoot when it was about someone else and to burn with shame when it was about ourselves.

I think after a while we stopped using this one. It seemed to be a weapon to humiliate a girl who was outside the group or who was out of favor for one reason or another. The boy mentioned was usually someone the girl would not want to be coupled with. No one enjoyed being named. A type of bullying, perhaps?

"Mary" and "Johnny"

sitting in a tree

K-I-S-S-I-N-G!

First comes love

then comes marriage

then comes "Johnny"

with a baby carriage!


Here's another popular chant:

Gypsy, gypsy

please tell me

who my husband's going to be:

Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief,

Doctor, lawyer, Indian chief

Pepper!

Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief,

Doctor, lawyer, Indian chief

(The rope would spin as fast as the girls could turn it until the jumper tripped. The words that were being chanted at the moment she tripped would be an omen as to whom she would marry.)

Postman, Postman

Postman, postman

Do your duty!

Here comes (name), an American beauty!

She can wiggle, she can waggle,

She can do the splits!

She can jump so fast,

Just like this!

(Pepper!)

World Jump Rope Championship - 2012

Chinese Jump Rope

Another game using an elasticized rope

How to Chinese Jump Rope - Remember This Game?

Charlie Chaplin: Dance While Jumping!

Charlie Chaplin went to France

To teach the ladies how to dance.

First he did the rumba,

Then he did the kicks,

Then he did the salsa,

Then he did the splits!

A Book of Rhymes for Jumping Rope

For Parents and Teachers

Joanna Cole's book Anna Banana is loaded with silly rhymes that kids have used for jumping rope for generations. Some of these rhymes are really great and some -- well? -- not so great for today's kids.

As I have mentioned elsewhere on this hub, jump rope rhymes are, for the most part, rhymes that kids have made up and passed on by rote from big kid to little kid over time. The rhymes reflect those kids' lives. As such, they are interesting in a sociological way. We tend to forget some of the struggles kids in the past faced. Today's kids have their own struggles to be sure, but they are not always the same ones.

I think this book is useful as a source for rhymes for kids. However parents and teachers need to be ready to monitor their choices a bit and should review the book themselves before passing it on to the early elementary kids for whom it is written.

Amazing Jump Rope Skills - Wow!

Jump Rope for Heart

Healthy activity for everyone

Video of a Jump Rope for Heart Health Team - Your Kids Can Become Involved, Too. Find the Appropriate Link for Where You Live Above

Get your body moving!

Jump Rope for Health

Can You Still Do It? Why Not!

Now that we're grown-ups, we can jump rope to keep our girlish figures or even just because it's still fun.

Jumping rope is a great cardiac workout. When you jump rope, you help fight Heart Disease, Obesity, Type II Diabetes, and Osteoporosis. You are also improving your overall strength and fitness.

Just be kind to your knees and don't jump on a cement or other hard surface. You can jump on the grass outdoors or on a padded floor inside.

Jump Rope for Heart - Jump Rope Cardio Workout

Did You Grow Up Jumping Rope? - Do You Jump Rope for Fitness Now?

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      ClamChowda 6 years ago

      I grew up without pavement... so although I'm familiar with some of the songs and the rhythms of jump rope tunes, I never got to put it in practice. Jumping rope on grass, snow and sand just doesn't have the same effect.

      At school we would play hockey, kickball or pogoball in the small paved patches.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Loved jumping rope as a little girl. ...Would be good exercise today. :)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh yes, I did grow up jumping rope and loved it. I couldn't ever do anything fancy but had lots of endurance.

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      I wasn't much of a rope jumper...but it's fascinating to watch competitions on tv.

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      BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

      I must be in the same era as you. Jumping rope is one of those memories that is still so strong in my mind.

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      capriliz lm 6 years ago

      Yes, we jumped rope quite often. It was a fun way to challenge each other.

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      Sojourn 6 years ago

      I know we did jump rope but I don't recall a single jump rope rhyme!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Oh yeah! I can still remember some of the sounds we sang when we were jump roping too!

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      pacrapacma lm 6 years ago

      Yes! It was so much fun! My seven year old daughter likes it too. I'm thrilled to have fun some more songs and chants.

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      GetSillyProduct 6 years ago

      jump rope is an awesome workout

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      seashell2 6 years ago

      I used to love jump rope as a little girl... let see remember 'two little dickie birds' rhyme and loved skipping double dutch. Fun lens!

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      signdesign 6 years ago

      I did, and we had a chant about "cinderella dressed in yella." :)

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Embarassingly enough, I never quite got the hang of jump rope... but still, definitely a good, fun way for kids to get exercise!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks so much for the information. I have been trying to find different techniques for the best jump rope workout I could find. I especially like the skipping technique you stated above. Thanks for the info again.

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      lyttlehalfpint 5 years ago from Canada

      I use to double dutch a lot as a kid, we would switch out without stopping, find creative ways to hop in, it was like a competition we loved it it was also great exercise!. Great lens and thanks for the memories

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      Wedding Mom 5 years ago

      I still do it now. It's a great exercise.

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      The good old days revived!!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I used to jump rope as a kid. Now, my girls do.

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I used to jump rope when I was a kid but haven't done so for many years.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes, I am 57 yrs old and we jumped rope on the streets in Jamaica , NY

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Fun!

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      shahedashaikh 4 years ago

      Yes I did and just loved it.Your lens took me back intime to when I was a school girl.Hmm!those wonderful days.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm in my 60s and grew up jumping rope in my backyard and on the sidewalk with my sisters and friends. My mother said that as a baby, I walked when I was 8 months old and I was jumping rope with my older sisters at only 18 months! I'm a dance teacher today and find that most of my students know little or nothing about jumping rope (hard to believe!). So, I've begun teaching them to jump rope, singing some of the songs we sang when we were kids. They LOVE it! And their rhythm and coordination are improving. Their parents said they never jump-roped either. They don't realize what they're missing! I'm going to add hopscotch and a couple of other street games as a little after-class "fun" activity to help them with their rhythm and coordination. Maybe some other dance and sports teachers will want to think about this great idea!

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      LouisaDembul 4 years ago

      We jumped rope a lot, but never sang or chanted. I've taught my girls to jump rope, think it's important and fun.

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      @LouisaDembul: Maybe you could try a couple of these chants. They really make jumping even more fun.

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm sure your students are having a ball!

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      @shahedashaikh: I'm glad I reminded you.

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      @getmoreinfo: Sure was!

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      We used to skip in the playground at school. I wish I could remember all the chants we did.

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      June Nash 4 years ago

      My granddaughter came over and showed me how she can jump rope. I used to jump rope when I was a kid. I surprised myself when I took the rope from her and found that I haven't lost the ability. It is fun and I am thinking about adding it to my exercise routine. I cannot remember any of the old songs. Thanks for sharing yours!

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      @JuneNash: That's great, gigglinggranny! I guess it's like riding a bike -- you have a physical memory. I hope you use some of these songs as you jump!

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      @Jogalog: If you happen to recall some of them, we'd love it if you shared them here.

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      Lisa Auch 4 years ago from Scotland

      We spent our playtimes in the school yard jumping rope! wow you brought back some memories!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Fudge fudge call the judge mama brought home a newborn baby wrap it up I tissue paper send it down the elevator (boy girl twin triplets) repeat till they stop

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @JuneNash: fudge mudge actually goes fudge mudge call a judge mamas gonna have a baby wrap it up in tissue paper send it down the elevator 1st floor stop 2nd floor turn around 3rd floor touch the ground 4th get out of town 5th floor get back in town 6 th floor red hot chilli peppers 1 2 3 ....) after u learn the song you just follow the directions and on red hot chilli peppers u go faster but you have to have people to spin the ropes at my school it's a lot harder cause we play double dutch with the 2 ropes

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      Genjud 4 years ago

      I remember jumping rope as a child. That was the big thing to do at recess. It was always more fun with several friends. Great site. Love it.

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      @Genjud: The more the merrier in this game at least! Thanks, Genjud, for your

      response.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I liked jump rope when I was a kid, your rhymes brought back great memories, thanx.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I used to do ice cream but different

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      Ardyn25 4 years ago

      Yes all the time, we also played a lot of chinese skip. I don't do much for fitness now, but I should.

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      ATTHED LM 4 years ago

      Sure did, still do it to keep fit. I can't wait for my daughter to graduate to a real rope

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      Liz Mackay 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I remember well doing this at school. Great fun.

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      @LizMac60: Yes, LizMac60. Those memories are precious.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I sure did grow up jumping rope and had to look at the black and white to make sure it wasn't me and my sister, lol! Funny how jumping rope has become so popular and many of us wish we'd have kept it up. I had forgotten the songs...they made jumping all the more fun for sure! :)

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      Skipping rope never goes out of fashion. It's passed from one generation to the next and even adults do it. (Then, it's called 'exercising.')

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      Jumping rope is and excellent exercise activity for children on the playground. It burns excess energy and produce a good cardio work out for them.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      That's not how the song goes

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      sheilamarie78 4 years ago

      @anonymous: That's what's great about jump rope songs. Because they are usually passed down kid to kid, there are many versions. It just depends on which neighborhood you grow up in. There is no "right way" to sing these songs.

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      Gloria Freeman 3 years ago from Alabama USA

      Jumping Rope is a fun kid game, good for us too.

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      ColorPetGifts 3 years ago

      Sure did - used to love jumping rope as a kid

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      Yes, I did jump rope but don't know too many of the rhymes. When I was a kid in elementary school, we did have phys ed. But it wasn't until 7th grade when the state started allowing girls to wear long pants to school.

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      Yes! I wasn't very good at it but I loved it anyway - I wonder if it's still popular?

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    What Was Your Favorite Jump Rope Song? - Please let me know you were here.

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        anonymous 6 years ago

        When I was a kid in France, we were jumping rope but mostly jumping "elastics" and I can not really remember singing along. We had chants mostly with games involving clapping hands.

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        ClamChowda 6 years ago

        Thanks for these songs. I grew up in the country with other activities but it was a pleasure to read about.

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        MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

        Get lens good for health and children and adults! Fun also

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        Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

        My favorite was Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Turn Around but then that is actually the only one I remember. Fun lens. Thanks.

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        Joan4 6 years ago

        Maggie, Maggie, where is Jiggs? Down in the parlor eating pigs! How many pigs did he eat?

        fun fun lens! enjoyed reading this one!

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        BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

        This was a fun trip down memory lane for me. I'm amazed that you could remember all the verses to some of those old chants. My brain wouldn't have been able to come up with them! Thanks for sharing these great memories.

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        capriliz lm 6 years ago

        Your lens brought back lots of memories for me. We did a lot of rope jumping when I was younger!

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        Sojourn 6 years ago

        So much fun! I couldn't remember a single jump rope rhyme but reading through here reminded me of a few. My nieces and nephews are even bigger on jump roping than when we were kids and two of them even belong to their school's jump rope team! Cute, huh?

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        mockingbird999 6 years ago

        Haven't jumped rope since I was a kid. I should get myself a new jumprope.

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        lemonsqueezy lm 6 years ago

        Of course you included "Cinderella dressed in yellow." What about "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Turn Around... "?

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        sheilamarie78 6 years ago

        @lemonsqueezy lm: I guess you missed it -- it's just above, before "Spanish Dancer."

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        Debbie 6 years ago from England

        Did you ever, did you ever in your long legged life.....

        Blessed by a squidoo Angel ;)

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        Monika Weise 5 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

        What a fun lens. Thanks for reminding me about jump rope.

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        Beverly Lemley 5 years ago from Raleigh, NC

        Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear! Chinese jumprope was another favorite! Great lense ~ thanks for a great collection of childhood memories. Jump rope was definitely a favorite play activity ~ great for socializing, too!

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        hlkljgk 5 years ago from Western Mass

        i love jumping rope still, and my favorite type of rope is the beaded one. perfectly weighted.

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        anonymous 5 years ago

        @BLemley: Trying to teach my daughter teddy bear,teddy bear..what were the words(Im 44&for the life of me,can't remember!)

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        sheilamarie78 5 years ago

        @anonymous: If you look just above, Traci, you'll see the words. Just after the duel.

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        squid-pinkchic18 5 years ago

        Awesome lens! My favorite was always mary mack, loved jump roping!

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        Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

        I don't remember If I have ever had some jump rope song. Great lens :)

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        Preschool Toolbox 5 years ago

        Love, Love "Anna Banana" Jump Rope Rhymes:) Nice lens! TY!

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        Beverly Rodriguez 4 years ago from Albany New York

        My Name is Alice was my favorite. Whe also used that one when bouncing a ball, and had to put our leg over the ball on all the :A" words. Fun and nostalgic lens!

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        sheilamarie78 4 years ago

        @artbyrodriguez: We used that rhyme for jumping and bouncing a ball, too.

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        sheilamarie78 4 years ago

        @getmoreinfo: Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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        JuliaAnnPayne 4 years ago

        I just loved them all

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        Vikki 4 years ago from US

        I loved them all and I love this page; such a great trip down memory lane. I'd forgotten I even know those little songs.

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        sheilamarie78 4 years ago

        @choosehappy: It's funny what stays in our brains, isn't it?

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        WriterJanis2 4 years ago

        I remember jump rope songs as a kid. Thanks for the fond memories.

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        sheilamarie78 4 years ago

        @WriterJanis2: You're welcome, WriterJanis. By the way, it's your turn to swing the rope.

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        June Nash 4 years ago

        Thank you! I loved this lens! Brought back a lot of memories. I am also going to teach my granddaughter some of these chants. Love it!

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        sheilamarie78 4 years ago

        @JuneNash: I'm glad you enjoyed it, gigglinggranny! By the way, I love your name!

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        blondie and dagwood went downtown.

        blondie bought an evening gown.

        dagwood bought a pair of shoes.

        alexander bought the news.

        jn the news it said,

        close your eyes on count to ten,

        if you miss you take an end,

        1,2,3,4...

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        Icecream ice cream cherries on top (name of jumper) thinks someone is hot who is it who will it be come on let's sees a- b- c ect ect (the letter they trip on is the first letter in ur crushes name)

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        TemporaryTattoo1 4 years ago

        This is a cool lens, I am always looking for Knew rhymes to sing to my 17month old son I have found some here GREAT! Thanks :)

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        anonymous 4 years ago

        I like the Spanish Dancer, interesting lens. Thanx for the memories.

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        sheilamarie78 4 years ago

        @anonymous: Thanks for your comments. What a cute cat you are!

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        Fox Music 4 years ago

        Thank you for sharing this fun lens "Jump Rope Songs, Rhymes, and Chants"

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        kabbalah lm 4 years ago

        Bringing up some good old memories

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        CoolFool83 4 years ago

        I loved jump roping as a kid. Definitely brings back old memories for me as well.

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        sheilamarie78 4 years ago

        @CoolFool83: Godfather, I'm glad to oblige.

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        Liz Mackay 4 years ago from United Kingdom

        I remember skipping (I'm British) but I don't remember any rhymes. Lovely lens. Blessed.

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        Johanna Eisler 3 years ago

        Oh, my! The memories these brought back! I found that most of your songs had pieces in common with my songs - incredible variations! I loved Double Dutch, although I never got very good at it! I thought the song that included the months of the year was theoretically the most fun, but I was always disappointed because, being born in November, usually somebody tripped on the rope before I was able to jump in. :( This was a fun lens! :)

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        sheilamarie78 3 years ago

        @Johanna Eisler: Thanks, Joie! I'm glad it brought back memories.

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        dutchgirl63 3 years ago

        I was researching jump rope rhymes to teach my granddaughters and memories of grade school came rushing back to me ! And I can hear my Mother reciting "I'm a little Dutch girl dressed in blue..." She would be 102 years old now.

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        sheilamarie78 3 years ago

        @dutchgirl63: My mother taught me that one, too!

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        Deborah Carr 2 years ago from Orange County, California

        I remember all these jump rope songs from when I was a child. This article sure brought back some memories!

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        sheilamarie78 2 years ago

        I'm glad to have brought back happy childhood memories.

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