What Are Some Kid Rhymes for Hand Clapping Games?

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What Are Some Kid Rhymes for Hand Clapping Games?
Clapping rhymes encourage language and motor skill development in children. (NA/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Ask a child to memorise the days of the week, months of the year or the 50 states and you might be met with resistance. But ask her to memorise a rhythm and rhyme and she can probably recite it easily after a few tries. Clapping rhymes help children develop important language and coordination skills and can be adjusted to suit toddlers, preschoolers or elementary school students.

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"A Sailor Went to Sea"

"A sailor went to sea, sea, sea to see what he could see, see, see. But all that he could see, see, see was the bottom of the deep blue sea, sea, sea.

Three sailors went to chop, chop, chop to see what they could chop, chop, chop. But all that they could chop, chop, chop was the bottom of the deep blue chop, chop, chop.

Three sailors went to knee, knee, knee to see what they could knee, knee, knee. But all that they could knee, knee, knee was the bottom of the deep blue knee, knee, knee.

Three sailors went to China to see what they could China. But all that they could China was the bottom of the deep blue China.

Three sailors went to sea, chop, knee, China to see what they could see, chop, knee, China. But all that they could see, chop, knee, China was the bottom of the deep blue sea, chop, knee, China."

"Roller Coaster"

"Down, down baby, down by the roller coaster. Sweet, sweet baby, I'll never let you go. Shimmy, shimmy coca pop shimmy pow. Shimmy, shimmy coco puff shimmy, shimmy pow. Grandma, grandma sick in bed, she called the doctor and the doctor said let's get the rhythm of the head, ding dong. Let's get the rhythm of the head, ding dong (move your head from left to right). Let's get the rhythm of the hands, let's get the rhythm of the hands (clap twice). Let's get the rhythm of the feet, let's get the rhythm of the feet (stomp twice). Let's get the rhythm of the hot dog, let's get the rhythm of the hot dog. Put it all together and what do you get (repeat the rhythms). Put it all backwards (then do all the rhythms backwards)."

"Oh Little Playmate"

"Oh little playmate, come out and play with me. And bring your dollies three. Climb up my apple tree. Slide down my rain barrel into my cellar door and we'll be jolly friends forever more, more, more, more, more.

I'm sorry playmate I cannot play with you. My dolly's got the flu. Boo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo. Ain't got no rain barrel. Ain't got no cellar door. But we'll be jolly friends forever more, more, more, more, more."

"Atchi Katchi"

"Zing, zing, zing. Innie, meenie deca-meenie. Oop, bop bobalini. Atchi katchi liberachi I love you. Take a peach, take a plum, take a piece of bubblegum. The gum too sweet, I want a piece of meat. The meat too tough, I want to ride the bus. The bus too slow, I want to ride the train. The train had a wreck and I broke my neck."

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