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The best jump rope songs, verses and rhymes for kids! 
Rhymes, Chants and Fun Ideas for the game of Jump Rope

Items Needed to Play:
Jump rope

All the best jump rope songs, verses, rhymes and chants!  

Motions and variations included.


Jumprope games, songs and chants

Mary Mack
Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum

Not Last Night But the Night Before
Charlie Chaplin
and many more favorites!

Jump Rope Chants, Rhymes and Games

Charlie Chaplin
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
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
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 )

Birds of a Feather
All in together, birds of a feather:
(children jump in when their birth month is called )
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, November, December ...
(then the jumper calls the months again and they exit when their birth month is called. 

Ice Cream Soda Pop
Ice cream
Soda pop
Lemonade Punch
Tell me the name of my honey-bunch
A, B, C, D ....
(Jumpers keep going through the alphabet until they miss.
The letter that they miss on was supposed to be the first letter of their
boyfriends name.)

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

Cinderella 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.
(First Grade) all the jumpers jump in, jump one time, then jump out.
(Second Grade) all jumpers jump in, jump two times, then jump out.
(Third Grade) all jumpers jump in, jump three times, then jump out.
(Fourth Grade) all jumpers jump in, jump four times, 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

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?
(jumper counts until they miss)

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
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 while 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)

Coffee Tea
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.

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

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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