Anyone else remember clapping rhymes?

Yes, I was a child of the ’70s.

A few days ago, I started a book that had one of those old rhymes in it. I hadn’t thought of those in years, even though my friends and I spent countless hours creating these elaborate¬† routines to go with them.

A few examples (and yeah, when these lodge themselves into YOUR brain, you will likely hate me):

Say, say oh playmate, come out and play with me …

Down, down baby, down by the rollercoaster …

Miss Susie had a steamboat, the steamboat had a bell ….

Anyone remember any others? And when did kids stop doing these? Around the time they quit jumping rope at recess? Sorry, my age is showing!

4 thoughts on “Anyone else remember clapping rhymes?

  1. I remember all of those, except we said swing, swing my playmate instead of say, say.
    I also remember Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack, all dressed in black, black, black…
    And Cinderella kis


  2. Sophie started singing “Cinderella dressed in yellow” the other day. I got so excited until she finished with the more modern ” … come sit next to me you fine fella.” Oh well.


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