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

March 22, 2013 ‐ By Kelly Franklin
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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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  • 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”…