Me And You, Us Never Part. Makidada: Jump Rope Jingles And Hand Clap Games We Used To Play

March 22, 2013  |  
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Remember the scene in Color Purple where Celie and Nettie play their hand game? It took us  back to a time where we clapped hands and chanted lyrics to catchy songs with a group of our girlfriends. It was rhythmic in nature and taught us hand-eye coordination and communication skills. It also boosted our confidence to be able to weave hands in an intricate, synchronized fashion. We clapped hands in solidarity, and we also jumped rope. With one long, braided rope, two plastic handles and three girls, feet would smack the ground to the beat of song and rope hitting the ground. We’d jump in and out, waiting on the perfect moment so as not to stop the rope. These ol’ school games brought us together – kept us active and young at heart. And to this day, Michelle Obama still loves jumping rope for a good workout. Which of these childhood jingles do you remember?

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

turn all around,

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

touch the ground

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

shoe yo’ shoes

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

be excused

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

jump back in

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

do it again

This classic jump rope song kept you jumping in and out of the swinging rope space.

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Fudge, Fudge

Fudge, fudge

call the judge

_ _ _ _ _  is havin’ a baby

wrap it up in toilet paper

send it down the elevator

boy, girl, twins, triplets

boy, girl, twins, triplets

When you hit the last two lines of the song, the rope moved faster and faster. Whenever you slipped up determined if you were going to have a boy, girl or twins/triplets.

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School Education

School education

spell your name

capital _ _ _ _ _ _ (insert jumper’s name)

The jumper would spell out their first, middle and last name. The more letters you uttered, the faster the jump rope turned.

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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

Miss Mary Mack’s wardrobe is detailed in a sing-song manner. This song was versatile – it was a popular selection for jump rope and hand clapping.


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Cinderella Dressed In Yella

Cinderella Dressed in Yella

went upstairs to kiss her fella

make a mistake

kissed a snake

how many doctors will it take?

1, 2, 3

This throw-back song had your feet hitting the pavement to a Cinderella diddy. Cinderella, same as original story, always ran into some misfortune in this song.

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Inky Binky Bonkey

Inky Binky Bonkey

Daddy bought a donkey,

donkey die, daddy cry

Inky, Binky Bonkey

This hand game was often played to determine who was going to be “it” first in a game of freeze tag or hide and go seek.

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Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum

Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum

in a dish, how many pieces do you wish?

This game also narrowed the group of us down to one person. That person was deemed Mother in the “Mother May I” game or the street light in “Red Light, Green Light.” Hands went from being clasped together, to two separate fist, then to one fist and finally you were ruled out.

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Dr. Knickerbocker

Dr. Knickerbocker, Knickerbocker number 9

he sure got sick off a bottle of wine

Now let’s get the rhythm of the hands

Now you got the rhythm of the hands

Now let’s get the rhythm of the feet

Now you got the rhythm of the feet

Now let’s get the rhythm of the ping pong

Poor Dr. Knickerbocker! Everyone embodied Dr. Knickerbocker, slowly regaining feeling in hands, feet and hips.


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Rockin’ Robin

Tweedly dee, tweedly dee, skee ball

Tweedly dee, tweedly dee, that’s all

Tweedly dee, tweedly dee – popsickle, popsickle, ah boom boom

Gonna rock it in the tree top

all day long

huffin’ and a puffin’ and a singin’ that song

all lil’ birds

on Jaybird street

love to hear the robbins go

tweet, tweet, tweet

Rockin’ Robin, tweet, tweet a tweet

This four way, hand clapping game had you smacking palms to your right, left, up high and down low. One person could throw the whole game off , and you’d have to start from the beginning again. Once you got through the whole song, no one could tell you anything!

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Slide, slide

slippity slide


Hands in clap position, you would slide the back of your hand against your partners and slap palms with one hand hi and low.

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Catch a tiger by the toe

If he hollers, let him go

Eenie, Menie, Miney Moe

There was a recent Mentos Gum commercial where a guy took this song literally. He caught a tiger by the toe! This is a highly favored childhood song used to pick teams, select captains, etc.

One Potato, Two Potato

One potato, two potato

three potato, four

five potato, six potato

seven potato more

One of the many songs we sang together with our friends. Perhaps it derived from bags filled with an abundance of potatoes.

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Down Down Baby

Down, down baby

Down by the roller coaster

Sweet, sweet baby

I’ll never let you go

Shimmy-shimmy cocoa pop

Shimmy-shimmy whaaaa

Shimmy-shimmy cocoa pop

Shimmy-shimmy whaaa

I like coffee, I like tea

I like the colored boy

and he likes me

so jump back white girl

you don’t shine

I’ll get the colored boy

to kick yo’ behind

he’ll kick it low,

he’ll kick it high

he’ll kick it all the way

to Mexico

and while ya there

comb ya hair

and don’t forget

your stinky underwear

This song has many variations to the lyrics, but boy did it go into depth about desires and strong dislikes. For some reason, Mexico is not the place to be.

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Pat-a cake

Pat-a-cake, Pat-a-cake, Baker’s man

bake me a cake as fast as you can

roll em up, roll em up

and put it in a pan

A sweet hand-clap game for little toddlers who love to roll those arms up and put it in the pan.

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Shame, Shame, Shame

Shame, shame, shame

I don’t wanna go to Mexico no more, more, more

There’s a big fat policeman at the door, door, door

He will grab you by the collar

Girl you better hollar

I don’t wanna go to Mexico no more, more, more

There’s something eery about this song-like something sinister went on in Mexico  . . . perhaps an attempted kidnapping. Does this have something to do with why the black community is mistrustful of five-O? The message is clear though – you better hollar if something ain’t right.

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  • MsLadyE

    We played these games in Miami when I was little:

    MILKSHAKE: Jump rope

    Milkshake, milkshake, cream of tartie, tell me the name of
    your sweetheartie, A, B, C, D, etc. Whatever letter your foot slipped on was the
    first letter of your boyfriend’s name.

    CINDERELLA: Jump rope

    Cinder, cinder, Cinderella, went downtown to meet her fella,
    how many kisses did she receive: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc.


    Little Sally Walker, sitting in a saucer, rise Sally, rise Sally, wipe your weeping eyes Sally, turn to the east Sally, turn to the west Sally, turn to the very one that you love the best

    Now put your hands on your hips and let your backbone slip, Aw shake it to the east, aw shake it to the west, aw shake it to the very one that you love the best


    The ones who weren’t picked to be “it” in tag would sing:

    Old momma witch, standing in the ditch, picked up a penny and thought she was rich

  • kierah

    We used to sing:

    Miss Susie had a baby

    His name was Tiny Tim

    She put him in the bathtub

    To see if he could swim

    He drank up all the water

    He ate up all the soap

    He tried to eat the bathtub

    But it wouldn’t go down his throat

    Call call the doctor.

    Call call the nurse.

    Call call lady with the alligator purse.

    Measles said the doctor

    Measles said the nurse

    Measles said the lady with the alligator purse

    Penicillin said the doctor

    Penicillin said the nurse

    Penicillin said the lady with the alligator purse.

    Out came the water

    Out came the soap

    Out came the bathtub which didn’t fit down his throat!

  • ashbubala

    I was about to type about this one. Loved this one!

  • What about the hand game I don’t want to go to Mexico

    I don’t want to go to Mexico
    No more more more
    There’s a big fat policeman
    at the door, door, door
    He grabbed me by the collar
    And made me pay a dollar
    I don’t want go to Mexico
    No more more more

    Mexico was not the place to be.

    • KamJos

      Because of that song, when I was younger I always imagined Mexico to be like the Macy’s in Manhattan with the revolving doors and escalators.

  • sabrina

    These aren’t necessarily jump rope games, but since we’re on a similar topic…

    (Not being “it” in tag)

    Dig, dig, dog sh*t, you are not it!
    Eeenie, meenie, miney, mo, catch a tiger by its toe…

    (Hand games)

    Tweet baby, tweet baby. Ya momma says she rocks in the treetops…

    Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack, all dressed in black, black, black…

  • I really love the theme of this article, but am finding it really hard to enjoy because of the pop-up ad that comes up every time I click to view the next jingle. Too annoying so I can’t finish. Sorry.

  • Sagittarius81

    This article has put me in tears, I miss my childhood so much. Plus 2 of my cousins and I was doing some double dutch jump rope and we sang Teddy Bear Teddy Bear at my cousin’s house this past weekend, brought back memories.

  • ccn

    Miss Mary mack for jump rope? Are you sure?

    Everybody round my way knew it’s a HAND GAME!!!

  • ccn

    LOL @ “shoe yo’ shoes”, THAT’S “shine yo’ shoes”…

  • O’Really


    Any 90’s kids here? Maybe even 80’s? Especially for my NY folk:

    – Numbers
    – Welcome to McDonald’s, can I take your order, Big Mac, Chicken Nugget, Coca Cola Classic

    – Eenie meenie, sissaleenie, oo aa, tumbaleenie, achee kachee , liverachee, I love you

    – For Jump rope, 1 2 3 Up the Ladder

    Aww man, there’s sooo many more I might just sit here and waste time reminiscing rather than studying lol. These games were like the initiation into recess time for girls back in elementary school. THANKS MN FOR THE MEMORIES!!! Sometimes you need to go back to the good old days 🙂

    • WhoMe

      Yes!!! Born in the 80’s and raised in the 90’s. And im from nyc. For double dutch i remember:
      One up 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
      Two up 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 etc

      And hand clap game:
      Uh boom boom check check uh boom check
      Uh boom boom check check uh boom check
      My name is Lisa (go Lisa! go Lisa!)
      I live in Brooklyn (go Brooklyn! Go brooklyn!)
      My sign is Pisces go pisces, go pisces
      So get down with that pisces, so get down with that pisces

  • kierah

    No “Una-dos-ee-essa”! No “All in Together Girls, How ya like weather girls?” Or “Miss Susie Had a Baby?”
    Y’all are taking me back to 4th grade getting in trouble for jumping rope after school instead of coming straight home. But I had to stay, because I had the good jump rope!

    • ccn

      I always thought it was “Uno, Dos, Siesta”…