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Straight Jumping

Skilled jumpers can do all sorts of fancy tricks and stunts, but often they prefer just plain jumping - with a good rhyme to keep the rhythm going. Here are some favourite rhymes.

©Anna Banana: 101 Jump-Rope Rhymes, Joanna Cole, Beech Tree Books, New York, 1989.

I went upstairs to make my bed.
I made a mistake and bumped my head.
I went downstairs to milk my cow.
I made a mistake and milked the sow.
I went in the kitchen to bake a pie.
I made a mistake and baked a fly.
Cups and saucers,
Plates and dishes.
My old man wears
Calico britches.
Yellow-belly, yellow-belly, come and take a swim.
Yes, by golly, when the tide comes in. skipping
Alice, where are you going?
"Upstairs to take a bath."
Alice with legs like toothpicks
And a neck like a giraffe.
Alice in the bathtub,
Alice pulled the plug.
Oh my goodness, oh my soul,
There goes Alice down the hole!
I love coffee,
I love tea.
I love the boys
And the boys love me.
Mabel, Mabel, set the table,
Just as fast as you are able.
Don't forget the salt, sugar, vinegar, mustard, red-hot pepper!

Contributed by:Prince Edward Child Care Services

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