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Traditional Jump Rope Rhymes

Jump rope has a long, storied history of being used for both entertainment and fitness. In America, jumping rope has captured the imagination of children for decades. Of course, many songs and rhymes came out of it. Here are some of our favorites that you can share with your children. Teach them to your kids and make exercising more fun.

Banana, banana, banana split,
What did you get in arithmetic?
Banana, banana, banana for free,
What did you get in geometry?


Birdie, birdie in the sky,
Why'd ya do that in my eye?
Birdie, birdie in the sky,
Gee, I'm glad that cows don't fly.

I know something,
But I won't tell.
Three little monkeys,
in a peanut shell.
One can read,
And one can dance,
And one has a hole,
in the seat of his pants!
Lemon Lime
On time
Singing 1, 2 (jumper hops out)
3, 4, (2nd jumper jumps just 2x & then hops out etc.)
5, 6,
Five little monkeys,
Jumping on the bed.
One fell off,
And bumped his head
Mama called the doctor,
And the doctor said:
"No more monkeys
jumping on the bed!"


Had a little sportscar 248 Took it round the coooooooooooorrr (jumper hops out of the turning rope, runs around the corner & jumps back in)
Ner & slammed it on the brakes (jump rope turners stop turning)
Bumped into a lady, bumped into a man
Bumped into a policeman, man oh man
Policeman caught me
Put me in jail
All I had was ginger ale
Red, hot, chili pepper (rope turners turn faster & faster until jumper misses a jump)





I had a little puppy.
His name was Tiny Tim.
I put him in the bathtub,
To see if he could swim.
He drank up all the water.
He ate a bar of soap.
The next thing you know,
He had a bubble in his throat.
In came the doctor
(person jumps in).
In came the nurse
( person jumps in).
In came the lady
With the alligator purse
(person jumps in).
Out went the doctor
(person jumps out).
Out went the nurse
(person jumps out).
Out went the lady
With the alligator purse
(person jumps out).


A, B, C and vegetable goop.
What will I find in my alphabet soup?
A, B, C. . . . . . . .
(When you miss, make up something that starts with the letter you missed on.)

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher



A my name is Alice
And my husband's name is Arthur,
We come from Alabama,
Where we sell artichokes.
B my name is Barney
And my wife's name is Bridget,
We come from Brooklyn,
Where we sell bicycles.
C my name is _________
And my husband's name is ___________
We come from __________
Where we sell ___________.
(Continue throughout the alphabet)

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

All in together, girls.
How do you like the weather, girls?
January, February, March, April  . . . 

Caitlin Pollard, 2nd Grade
Adele Greil



Anthy Maria jumped in the fire.
The fire too hot, she jumped in the pot.
The pot was too black, she jumped in a crack.
The  pot was soon over, she jumped in some clover.
Clover's too sweet; she kicked up her feet.
Feet was soon over, she cried 1, 2, 3,
Jumped in a tree.
The tree was so high she couldn't go higher.
'Long came a breeze, blew her away.

Marilyn Sloan, Alfred, NY

Apartment for rent, inquire within,
When _________ moves out, let ___________ in.

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher



Apples, peaches, pears, and plums
Tell me when your birthday comes.

Caitlin Pollard, 2nd Grade

As I went down to my grandfather's farm.
A Billy goat chased me around the barn.
It chased me up a sycamore tree,
And this is what it said to me:
ÒI like coffee, I like tea,
I like _________ to jump with me.

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

Benjamin Franklin went to France
To teach the ladies how to dance.
First the heel, and then the toe,
Spin around and out you go.

Adele Greil


Blackbirds, blackbirds,
Sitting on a wire.
What do you do there?
May we inquire?
ÒWe just sit to see the day,
Then we flock and fly away. 
By 1, 2, 3. . . . .

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher


Bluebells, cockle shells,
Eevie, ivy, over;
I like coffee, I like tea;
I like the boys, and the boys like me.
Tell your mother to hold her tongue;
She had a fellow when she was young.
Tell your father to do the same;
He had a girl and he changed her name.

Kim Donius, AACS Librarian


Bluebells, cockle shells,
Eevie, ivy, over;
Mother went to market
To buy some meat; 
BabyÕs in the cradle
Fast asleep.
The old clock on the mantel says
One o'clock, two o'clock..
(to twelve o'clock)

Kim Donius, AACS Librarian

Bubble gum, bubble gum
Penny a packet,
First you chew it,
Then you crack it,
Then you stick it
In your jacket,
Then your parents
Kick up a racket.
Bubble gum, bubble gum, Penny a packet.

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher


Bubble gum, bubble gum, chew and blow,
Bubble gum, bubble gum, scrape your toe,
Bubble gum, bubble gum, tastes so sweet,
Get that bubble gum off your feet!

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher



Butterfly, Butterfly, throws a kiss, kiss, kiss,
Butterfly, Butterfly, get out before you miss, miss, miss.

Marilyn Sloan, Alfred, NY



Calling in, calling out,
_________ runs in when I run out!

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

Charlie Chaplin went to France,
To teach the ladies the hula dance.
First on the heels,
Then on the toes,
Around and around and around you go.
Salute to the Captain,
Bow to the Queen,
Touch the bottom of the submarine.

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

Chimacum Cheetahs, turn around,
Chimacum Cheetahs, touch the ground,
Chimacum Cheetahs, show your spots,
Chimacum Cheetahs, hot, hot, hot!

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher




Christopher Columbus 
Sailed the ocean blue
In fourteen hundred
And ninety-two.

Marilyn Sloan, Alfred, NY

Chocolate bears and gingerbread cats,
All dressed up in whipped-cream hats.
Danced in the garden under the moon,
Beat sweet rhythms with a wooden spoon,
Whirling, turning, jumping to the beat,
Melting down to their ice cream feet.

When the baker ran to see,
They ran beneath the gum-gum tree,
Running in between the rows,
Tripping over ice cream toes.
There were 1, 2, 3 . . .

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher



Cinderella dressed in yella,
Went downstairs to kiss a fella,
Made a mistake and kissed a snake.
How many doctors did it take
1, 2, 3, . . . . 





Cinderella dressed in yellow
Went downstairs to kiss her fellow.
How many kisses did she give?
One, two, three, four, five . . .

Adele Greil 

  
Cookies, candy in the dish;
How  many pieces do you wish?
1, 2, 3, 4, . . . . .

Mrs. Harris, AACS Art Teacher

Dolly Dimple walks like this,
Dolly Dimple talks like this,
Dolly Dimple smiles like this,
Dolly Dimple throws a kiss.

Adele Greil



Down in the alley where the garbage grows,
A flea jumped on an elephant's toes,
The elephant cried with tears in his eyes,
Why don't you pick on someone your size?

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher




Down in the valley 
Where the green grass grows
Sat little Annie
As sweet as a rose.
Along came a boy
And kissed her on the cheek.
Why, Annie, you ought to be ashamed!
Got a little boyfriend
And you donÕt know his name!
What is his name?
A, B, C ...

Kim Donius, AACS Librarian




Down in the valley where the green grass grows,
There sat __________ as pretty as a rose.
She sang so high, she sang so sweet,
Along came ________ and kissed her on the cheek.
How many kisses did she get?
1, 2, 3 . . . . .

Trisha Kuenzie, 2nd grade



Down by the riverside the green grass grows,
Where someone walks, some tiptoe.
She sings, she sings so sweet,
She calls over to someone across the street.
ÒTea cakes, pancakes, everything you see, 
Meet me at the park at half past three.Ó

Mrs. Ordway, AACS 1st Grade Teacher



Early in the morning, about eight o'clock,
What should I hear but the postman's knock.
Up jumps ____________ to open the door,
How many letters did she find on the floor?
A, B, C, D . . . . .

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher





Grace, Grace dressed in lace.
Went upstairs to powder her face.
How many boxes did it take?
1, 2, 3 . . . . .

Ashley Kuenzie, 1st grade



Gypsy, gypsy
Please tell me.
What's my sweetheart going to be:
Doctor, Lawyer, banker, thief,
Sailor, soldier, Indian Chief?

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher



Hello, hello, hello, sir.
Meet me at the grocer.
No, sir.  Why, sir?
Because I have a cold, sir.
Where did you get the cold, sir?
At the North Pole, sir.
What were you doing there, sir?
Counting polar bears, sir.
How many did you count, sir?
One, two, three, four, five . . . .

Adele Greil



Here am I, little jumping Joan;
When nobody's with me
I'm always alone.

Kim Donius, AACS Librarian



Hickety Pickety Pop,
How many times before I stop?
1, 2, 3 . . . .

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher





How do you spell Mississippi?
M (cross arms over chest)
I (point to your eye)
Crooked letter (cross legs and jump)
Crooked letter (cross legs and jump)
I (point to eye)
Hunch back 
Hunch back
I!

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher




I asked my parents for 15 cents,
To see the platypus jump the fence.
She jumped so high she touched the sky,
And didnÕt come back till the Fourth of July.

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

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 Fourth of July
(Jump higher and higher)

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher


I can do a polka, I can do a split,
I can do a tap dance, just like this!
1, 2, 3 . . . .

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher



I eat my peas with honey,
IÕve done it all my life.
It looks a little funny.
But it keeps them on my knife.
How many peas can I get on my knife?
1, 2, 3, . . . . . 

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher





I had a little brother
And his name was Johnny.
He played in the meadow
where the frogs croaked funny.
He ran through the meadow
With a song on his tongue,
And he picked a few flowers
Just for fun.
How many flowers did he find?
1, 2, 3 . . . . 

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher



I know a boy and he is doubled-jointed,
He gave me a kiss and I was disappointed.
He gave me another to match the other,
Now, now, ____________, IÕll tell your mother.
How many kisses did I get last night?
1, 2, 3. . . . .
 
Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher



I know a little lady
But her name is Miss.
She went around the corner
To buy some fish.
She met a little fellow
And she gave him a kiss.
I know a little lady
But her name is Miss.

Marilyn Sloan, Alfred, NY



I like coffee, 
I like tea.
I like ________ to jump with me.

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

I love coffee,
I love tea.
I love the boys 
And the boys love me.


Adele Greil





I like coffee, I like tea,
I like sitting on BobbyÕs knee.
Salute to the king and bow to the queen,
And turn your back on the gypsy queen. 

Erin Pollard



I made a wish jumping rope,
I caught a fish jumping rope, 
I gave a kiss jumping rope,
How many wishes (fishes, kisses) did I get?
1, 2, 3, . . . . . 

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher



Ice cream soda, lemonade, punch;
Spell the initials of my (your) honey bunch.
A-B-C-D . . . .

Mrs. Harris, AACS Art Teacher
Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher



If bubble gum is free, free, free,
Please give some to me, me, me.
I am clever, not a dunce,
How many can I chew at once?
One, two, three . . . .

Erin Pollard



IÕm a little Dutch girl
Dressed in blue.
These are the things
I like to do:
Salute to the captain,
Curtsey to the queen,
Turn my back 
On __________ submarine.

Kim Donius, AACS Librarian



IÕm a little Dutch girl
Dressed in blue.
Here are the things 
I like to do:
Salute to the captain,
Bow to the queen,
Turn by back
On the submarine.
I can do the tap dance,
I can do the split,
I can do the holka polka
Just like this.

Adele Greil



I went downtown
To see Ms. Brown,
She gave me a nickel
To buy a pickle,
The pickle was sour,
So I bought a flower.
The flower was dead, she gave me a tack.
The tack was sharp, she gave me a harp.
The harp was broke, she gave me a cloak.
The cloak was tight, she gave me a kite.
The kite away flew, and I did too.
(Player runs out at too)

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher



Ink, ink, a bottle of ink,
The cork fell off and you stink.  
Not because youÕ re dirty, not because youÕre clean, 
Just because you kiss the girls behind the magazine!

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher


Ipsey Pipsey, tell me true,
Who shall I be married to?
A, B, C. . . . . .

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher








Jelly in the dish,
Jelly in the dish,
Wiggle-waggle
Wiggle-waggle
Jelly in the dish.

Marilyn Sloan, Alfred, NY



Lady, lady, touch the ground,
Lady, lady, turn around.
Turn to the east, and turn to the west,
And choose the one you like the best.

Erin Pollard
Caitlin Pollard, 2nd Grade



Lady, lady, touch the ground,
Lady, lady, turn around.
Lady, lady show your shoe,
Lady, lady, now skidoo!

Erin Pollard



Ladybug, Ladybug, turn around,
Ladybug, Ladybug touch the ground.
Ladybug, Ladybug shine your shoes,
Ladybug, Ladybug read the news.
Ladybug, ladybug, how old are you?
One, two, three, four . . . . .

Mrs. Ordway, AACS 1st Grade Teacher



Landon in the White House
Waiting to be elected.
Rosevelt in the garbage can,
Waiting to be collected.

Marge Sands






Lemon drops and sugar candy,
Both of these taste just dandy.
Best of all is cherry pop,
How many jumps before I stop?
One, two, three . . . . .

Erin Pollard




Mabel, Mabel, set the table,
Just as fast as you are able.
DonÕt forget the salt, sugar, vinegar, mustard,
    red-hot pepper!

Adele Greil



Mabel, Mabel, neat and able.
Mabel, Mabel, set the table,
And donÕt forget the 
Red Hot Peppers!

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher
Caitlin Pollard, AACS Student



Mabel, Mabel, set the table.
DonÕt forget the red hot label.
Shake the salt and shake the pepper.
Who will be the highest stepper?
Winds blow hot and winds blow freeze,
How many times did Mabel sneeze?
One, two, three . . . . . 

Erin Pollard


Minnie Minnihaha went to see her Papa, 
Papa died.  Minnie cried, 
Minnie had a new born baby.  
Stuck it in the bathtub to see if it could swim.  
Drank a gallon of water, ate a bar of soap.  
In come the Doctor, in came the nurse, 
in came the lady with the alligator purse.  
Out went the doctor, out went the nurse.  
Out went the lady with an alligator purse.

Kim Donius, AACS Librarian


Miss Lucy had a baby
And she named him 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 wouldnÕt go down his throat.
Miss Lucy called the doctor, 
Miss Lucy called the nurse.
Miss Lucy called the lady with the alligator purse.
Kim Donius, AACS Librarian 



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 fifteen cents, cents, cents, 
To see the elephant, elephant, elephant,
Jump the fence, fence, fence.
He jumped so high, high, high.
He reached the sky, sky, sky,
And he never came back, back, back
Till the Fourth of July, lie, lie.

Katy Mormino, 2nd grade



Mississippi lives by the shore,
She has children three and four,
The oldest one is twenty-four.
She shall marry
Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor.

Marilyn Sloan, Alfred, NY



Mother, Mother,  I am ill
Call for the doctor over the hill.
In came the doctor,
In came the nurse,
In came the lady with the alligator purse.
ÒMeasles,Ó said the doctor.
ÒMumps,Ó said the nurse.
ÒNothing,Ó said the lady with the alligator purse.
Out goes the doctor, out goes the nurse, 
Out goes the lady with the alligator purse.

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher
Mrs. Ordway, AACS lst Grade Teacher
Marilyn Sloan, Alfred, NY
My mother said
I never should play
With the gypsies in the woods.
If I did 
She would say
ÒNaughty girl to disobeyÓ.

Sheila Gilmour



My mommy told me,
If I was good-y
She would buy me,
A rubber dolly.
My auntie told her,
I kissed a soldier.
Now she wonÕt buy me,
A rubber dolly.

AACS Parent



Old Mother Whittlehouse
Had a big fit.
First she did the merry-go-round
And then she did the split.

Marilyn Sloan, Alfred, NY



One I love, Two I love, 
Three I love I say;
Four I love with all my heart,
Five I cast away.
Six he loves, Seven she loves,
Eight both love;
Nine he comes, Ten he tarries,
Eleven he courts, Twelve he marries.

Mrs. Harris, AACS Art Teacher



One, two, three A-larry,
My first name is Mary.
DonÕt you think that I look cute?
In my brotherÕs bathing suit?

Marilyn Sloan, Alfred, NY



One whale, two whales, three whales, four, 
One orca, two pods, three calves, more!

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

Peter, Peter pumpkin eater.
Had a wife and couldnÕt keep her.
Put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he kept her very well.

Rocio Moreno, grade 8



Policeman, policeman, do your duty,
Here comes (name of next jumper)
And sheÕs a cutie;
She can jump, she can twist,
But I bet she canÕt do this.

Mrs. Harris, AACS Art Teacher



Postman, Postman,
Do your duty.
Send this letter
To my cutie.
DonÕt you stop
Nor donÕt delay.
Get it to her 
Right away.

Kim Donius, AACS Librarian

Postman, Postman, do your duty.
Send this letter to an American beauty.
DonÕt you stop and donÕt delay.
Get it to her right away.

Adele Greil






Rich man, poor man, beggar man, thief,
Doctor, lawyer, Indian Chief.
Her shoes will be
Wood, leather, high heel, low heel, sandals, wooden.
Her dress will be made of 
Silk, satin, cotton, batten, rags.
Her house will be
Big house, little house, pigpen, barn.
Her rings shall be made of
Diamonds, rubies, emeralds, glass.
How many children will she get?
1, 2, 3 . . . . .
And now youÕre married you must obey,
You must be true in every way.
You must be kind, you must be good,
And make your husband chop the wood.

Marilyn Sloan, Alfred, NY



Robin Hood, Robin Hood dressed so good,
Got as many kisses as he could.
How many kisses did he get?
1, 2, 3 . . . . .

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher



Rooms for rent,
Inquire within.
As I move out
Let Rachel come in.

Adele Greil







Sixteen bluebirds sitting on a fence.
Flapped their wings and started to dance.
Upward, downward, 
All along the line,
Brightly preened and looking fine!
Count 1, 2, 3 . . . . . 

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher



Spanish dancer, do the split.
Spanish dancer, give a kick.
Spanish dancer, turn around.
Spanish dancer, get out of town.

Adele Greil


Spanish dancer, do the splits,
Spanish dancer, do high kicks.
Spanish dancer, clicks a shoe, 
Spanish dancer, chooses  YOU!

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher




Strawberry shortcake, cream on top.
Tell me the name of your sweetheart?
Is it .......
Alex, Brandon, Cam, Danielle, . . . . . .

Andrea Pinyon, AU Junior







Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Turn around.
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Touch the ground.
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Show your shoe.
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
That will do.
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Go upstairs.
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Say your prayers.
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Turn out the light.
Teddy bear, teddy bear,
Say good night.

Mrs. Harris, AACS Art Teacher
Caitlin Pollard, 2nd Grade
Adele Greil





Teddy bear, teddy bear, dressed in blue,
Can you do what I tell you to?
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, do the splits.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, give a high kick.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, go upstairs.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say your prayers.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn out the light.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say good night.

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher




The Eiffel Tower is 300 meters tall
From the top to bottom.
We can see the River Seine.
To climb it we pay
One, two, three. . . . .

Erin Pollard







The wind, the wind, the wind blows high,
It blows Mary through the sky.
She is fair and she is pretty
She is the girl from the tin can city.
She can play the piano, 1 2 3
Mary, Mary, who is she?
Johnny, Johnny says he loves her.
Off they go with a kiss, kiss, kiss.
He took her to the courtyard,
Asked her, ÒWill you marry me?Ó
Yes, No, Maybe so, Yes, No, Maybe so.

Marilyn Sloan, Alfred, NY



Three, six, nine, the goose drank wine,
The monkey chewed tobacco on the street car line.
The lion choked, the monkey croaked, 
And they all went to heaven in a little row boat,
Clap-Clap! Clap-Clap!


Susan Teagarden, AACS Parent



Two little pails of water,
Two little pails of water, 
Girls in wooden shoes,
Girls with wooden legs.
You can go through my garden fence, la, la,
The king drove through my garden fence, la, la.
One, two, three . . . . .
 
Erin Pollard



Up the ladder, down the ladder,
A, B, C,
Up the ladder, down the ladder,
H - O - T!

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

Wash the dishes dry the dishes,
Have a cup of tea.
DonÕt forget the sugar.
A-one, a-two, a-three . . .

Erin Pollard



When I was one I ate a bun,
Going over the sea.
I jumped aboard a sailormanÕs ship,
And the sailorman said to me,
ÒGoing over, going under, 
Stand at attention like a soldier,
With a one, two, and three.Ó

When I was two I buckled my shoe,
Going over the sea.
I jumped aboard a sailormanÕs ship,
And the sailorman said to me, . . ..

When I was three I banged my knee,
When I was four I shut the door,
When I was five I learned to jive,
When I was six I picked up sticks,
When I was seven I went to heaven,
When I was eight I learned to skate,
When I was nine I climbed a vine,
When I was ten I caught a hen,

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

Will I marry, tell me so,
Is the answer yes or no?
Yes, no maybe so, yes, no, maybe so . . . . .

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher



Windy, windy weather, 
All in together,
January, February . . ..
Windy, windy weather,
They all run out together,
January, February . . . . . 

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher





With salad I am sick,
With celery I am cured.
How many stalks of celery 
One, two, three . . . . .

Erin Pollard


Zoop la la,
Hey la la,
Zoop la la,
Hey la la,
Zoop, zoop, zoop

Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher



My young man has gone to France,
To teach the ladies how to dance.
When he comes back,
He'll marry me,
And we'll dance the polka 1 2 3
1 2 3, 1 2 3,
We'll dance the polka 1 2 3.