Clapping Games

Today is going to be a great day.  I know this because I put my daughter on the bus this morning, giggling (both of us).  I have Miss Mary Mack to thank.  Remember the clapping game?

Miss Mary Mack postMiss 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 over the fence, fence, fence.
He jumped so high, high, high
He reached the sky, sky, sky
He never came back, back, back
‘Til the 4th of July, July, July!

For each line, clap own hands, cross arms on chest, clap own hands again, then clap hands with partner 3x.

If your daughter is around 6 or 7 and she’s not already coming home singing old songs like this, learn the words yourself and teach them to her – you’ll be a rock star.  Then, prepare yourself, because Miss Susie is right around the corner (remember how fun it was to sing Hell-o Operator?).

Here are a few more short ones:

Say, Say, Oh Playmate
Say, say, oh playmate,
Come out and play with me.
Bring out your dollies three.
Climb up my apple tree.
Slide down my rainbow
Into my cellar door.
And we’ll be jolly friends
Forevermore, one two three four! (clap both hands straight across with partner while counting)

Follow this pattern – Clap own hands, clap right hand with partner’s right hand, clap own hands, clap left hand with partner’s left hand.

Double, Double
Double double ice ice,
Double double cream cream.
Double ice, double cream,
Double double ice cream

With partner, knock fists on “double,” clap both hands on “ice,” slap backs of both hands on “cream.”

Lemonade
Lemonade (clap 3x), crunchy ice (clap 3x)
Beat it once (clap 3x), beat it twice (clap 3x).
Lemonade, crunchy ice
Beat it once, beat it twice.
Turn around (turn around), touch the ground (touch the ground), FREEZE (freeze).

The first child to move is “out.”