As a parent and teacher, I am always looking for fun activities for kids that don’t require a ton of supplies or time to set up. One activity that meets these requirements and never gets old is Jump Rope. In today’s post I have created a list of new and classic jump rope songs that your kids will love.
The Benefits of Jump Rope Songs
Give a kid jump rope and they are likely to use it for a few minutes – that’s when they start to get tired.
But guess what?
If you add a song or rhyme for them to sing as they jump rope, they are likely to jump until you tell them it’s time to stop.
There are so many benefits to jumping rope that go way beyond just having fun:
–Improves balance and coordination
–Exercises parts of the brain related to reading, memory and alertness
–Gets kids outside and moving
Jump rope songs also bring kids or groups together and help to encourage teamwork, collaboration and friendship.
Adding a jump rope song provides an additional challenge that keeps kids working toward the goal of making it to the end of the rhyme, or beating their previous jump count.
This allows children to practice developing determination or “grit” which is showed to have a huge impact on their ability to work hard towards a goal later in life…
Like college or a career….or just not giving up when life gets tough.
These are awesome skills for kids to have and it’s amazing that they can learn these lessons through jump rope songs!
So let’s get on to the list!
Popular Jump Rope Songs
(YouTube Videos when Available)
Not last night but the night before, 24 robbers came knocking at my door,as I ran out, , they ran in, knocked me on the head with a rolling pin.
I asked them what they wanted and this is what they said
Chinese dancers do the splits, (jumper doing the commands after each) Chinese dancers do the kicks, Chinese dances turn around, Chinese dancers touch the ground, Chinese dancers get out of town.
Down by the River
Down by the river, down by the sea, Johnny broke a bottle and blamed it on me. I told ma, ma told pa, Johnny got a spanking so ha ha ha. How many spankings did Johnny get? 1, 2, 3…until the jumper makes a mistake.
Fudge Fudge Call the Judge
Fudge fudge call the judge
Mama’s having a baby
Daddy’s going crazy
Wrap it up in tissue paper
Throw it down the elevator
First floor stop
Second floor spin around
Third floor touch the ground
Fourth floor get outta town.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Teddy, 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 lights-Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say good-night! (The jumper will act out the actions as you sing the rhyme. For example: when they say go upstairs, the jumper pretends to climb the stairs.
Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief
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 your’e 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.
Ice Cream Soda
ICE CREAM SODA, cherry on the top, who’s your boyfriend/girlfriend I forgot? A,B,C….until the jumper makes a mistake. Then take the letter they land on and think of a name that begins with the letter.
Cinderella Dressed in Yella
Cinderella, dressed in yella, went upstairs to kiss a ‘fella. Made a mistake and kissed a snake, how many doctors did it take? 1,2, 3….keep counting until the jumper makes a mistake.
Buckle My Shoe
One, two, Buckle my shoe;
Three, four, Shut the door;
Five, six, Pick up sticks;
Seven, eight, Lay them straight:
Nine, ten, A big fat hen;
Eleven, twelve, Dig and delve;
Thirteen, fourteen, Maids a-courting;
Fifteen, sixteen, Maids a-mixing;
Seventeen, eighteen, Maids a-waiting
Nineteen, twenty, My plate’s empty
I like coffee, I like tea
I like coffee, I like tea. I like the boys, and the boys like me. Yes? No? Maybe so? Repeat until the jumper makes a mistake.
I Had a Little Puppy
Growing up my friends and I sang this as “I had a little brother…not puppy”
I had a little puppy
His name was Tiny Tim
I put him in the bathtub, to see if he could swim
He drank 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,
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 the alligator purse
Peel a Banana
Peel a banana upside down. See if you can touch the ground (the jumper touches the ground). If you spell your name correct, you will get another chance . . .” The jumper then spells their name until they make a mistake.
Miss Lucy had a Baby
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 wouldn’t go down his throat.
Miss Lucy called the doctor,
Miss Lucy called the nurse.
Miss Lucy called the lady with the alligator purse.
Spanish dancer, do the split.
Spanish dancer, give a kick.
Spanish dancer, turn around.
Spanish dancer, get out of town.
California oranges, 50 cents a pack,
California oranges, tap me on the back!
(A second jumper comes in and tags the first jumper, who jumps out)
High, Low, Medium, Slow
High, low, medium, slow,
Jolly ol’ pepper and away we go!
Miss 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 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.
Ink, Ink a Bottle of Ink
Ink, ink, a bottle of ink,
The cork fell off and you stink.
Not because you’re dirty, not because you’re clean,
Just because you kiss the girls behind the magazine!
Down in the Valley
Down in the valley
Where the green grass grows
Sat little (say jumper’s name)
As sweet as a rose.
Along came a boy
And kissed her on the cheek.
Why, oh why, you ought to be ashamed!
Got a little boyfriend
And you don’t know his name!
What is his name?
A, B, C …
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 (dance)
I can do the splits (jump up high with legs apart)
I can do the hokey pokey (turn yourself around)
Just like this!
Singing 1, 2 (jumper hops out)
3, 4, (2nd jumper jumps just 2x & then hops out etc.)
Bluebells Cockle Shells
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.
Bluebells, cockle shells,
Eevie, ivy, over;
Mother went to market
To buy some meat;
Baby’s in the cradle
The old clock on the mantel says
One o’clock, two o’clock..
(to twelve o’clock)
My Sweet Heart
Bubble Gum Bubble Gum
Bubble gum, bubble gum in a dish. How many pieces do you wish? 1, 2, 3….keep counting until jumper makes a mistake.
Mabel, Mabel, neat and able.
Mabel, Mabel, set the table,
And don’t forget the
Red Hot Peppers!
Cookies, Candies in a Dish
Cookies, candy in the dish; How many pieces do you wish? 1, 2, 3, 4, . . . .
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 . . . . .
Three Six Nine
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
There you have it! A ton of super fun jump rope songs, rhymes and chants.
Did I forget one of your favorites? Please comment below and tell me which one!
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