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skipping rhymes

Skipping rhymes are a fantastic way to bring a extra dimension to skipping. skip-hop have compiled some of the best that we have come across and catagorised them in the above sections. Skipping rhymes are mainly used in long rope skipping where they bring an additional level of interactivity to make the inclusion of a larger group more fun. Further more the skipping rhymes can bring an additional educational benefit to your skipping activity with counting rhymes, alphabet rhymes and rhymes enouraging more complex movements. This added complexity is great for developing brains!

If you know of any skipping rhymes that we have not include in this list that you think should be then please let us know or why not write your own skipping rhyme and submit to skip-hop for inclusion on these pages.

click here to submit your own rhyme.

This one from J Burt of Crockham Hill CEP which is the first contribution to our submitted skipping rhyme section

Granny's in the Kitchen,
Granny's in the kitchen,
Doing some stitching,
in comes the Bogey Man
and chases Granny out.

(On the word out the first skipper (Granny) jumps out and the second skipper (Bogey Man) jumps in. This can be played continuously as Granny can run around the turners and rejoin the line.)

This skipping rhyme was sent in by Katie from St.Mary's N.G.S - Ireland

__________(name) in the kitchen doing a little knitting,
In comes ___________(name),
and out come ____________(name).

The following great skipping ryhme was sent to us from Ciara Hickey St Josephs NS - Ireland

Cinderella dressed in yellaa, (yellow)
Went up stairs to kiss her fella, (fellow)
By a mistake she kissed a snake how many doctors did it take,
1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10.……… keep going  until the person stops the rope !

'I am still playing this at school and I like it.'

This one from Katie Forde from St Ita's NS. It's Brilliant! Thankyou. - Submitted on 1st March 2012

Over the hills in Mexico
Over the hills in Mexico,
where they do the splits, splits, splits
and they do the high kicks, kicks, kicks
and they turn around, round, round
and they touch the ground, ground, ground
Where they read a book, book, book
and they do not look, look, look
and they jump back out, out, out
and then they do it all again, again, again!

(when you say splits splits splits you jump into the air and land with you feet apart for three jumps. For KICKS jump and kick into the air while you're up for three times. For AROUND just turn around three times. For GROUND while the rope is going round bend down and touch the ground three times. For BOOK make your hands the shape of an open book and reed for three skips. For LOOK close you eyes for three jumps. For OUT jump out of the rope, go round to the other side and jump back in. For AGAIN start the chant again.)

The aim is to see how far you can get to in the chant or how many times you can do it. This is really fun and in my school its the new trend during breaks!

And this variation on Cinderella from Chelsea of Donvale Christian College - submitted on 12 August 2012

Cinderella, dressed in yella, (yellow)
Went upstairs to kiss her fella, (fellow)
Kisssed a snake by mistake,
and now she has a belly ache,
Girls go curtsey, boys go bow,
Girls go woopsey, boys go row
At curtsey, the jumper curtseys, at bow, the jumper bows,
At woopsey, the jumper pretends to lift up their skirt {or actually lift it up if they have one} and at row, the jumper points their fingers with their thumbs in the air and winks)
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