Top 10 Skipping Rhymes

Our girls love to skip, as did I at their age, and thanks to a new workout programme I'm now following, my skipping fitness is coming back and I'm enjoying it once again too!

I thought it would be fun to find some skipping rhymes to use with the girls - I remembered bits from my childhood, but had to look up more! We have a large rope that we tie one end to the fence then one of us turns the other end so we can skip two at a time which is fun!

Some of the rhymes require running in and out of the rope - and actions too!

Here's my top 10 Skipping Rhymes!

1. Cinderella
Dressed in Yella,
went to meet her handsome fella.
On the way her undies busted.
How many people were disgusted?

2. 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 goodnight.

3. Two little dickie birds sitting on the wall,
(Two players jump in)
One named Peter, one named Paul.
(each player waves at their name)
Fly away Peter, fly away Paul.
(the player exits the rope as name is called)
Don't you come back 'till your birthday's called.
January, February, March......December.
(player returns when their month is called)
Now fly away, fly away, fly away all.
(players both exit the rope)

4. Not last night but the night before,
Twenty-four robbers came knocking at the door.
Call for the doctor! Call for the nurse!
Call for the lady with the alligator purse.
Out went the doctor, out when the nurse.
And out when the lady with the alligator purse!

5. Spanish dancer turn around
Spanish dancer touch the ground
Spanish dancer do a high kick
Spanish dancer get out of town quick!

6. Jelly in the bowl
Jelly in the bowl
Wiggle, waggle, wiggle, waggle
Jelly in the bowl
Sausage in the pan, sausage in the pan.
Turn around, turn around, sausage in the pan.

7. One one eat a plum
Two two touch your shoe
Three three bend your knee
Four four touch the floor
Five five reach for the sky
Six six pick up sticks
Seven seven pray to heaven
Eight eight slam the gate
Nine nine you're doing fine

8. Bluebells, cockleshells, eevy, ivy OVER
(jumper jumps over the swaying rope and then on OVER the rope starts to swing over to start skipping)

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

10. Little Orphan Annie hops on one foot
Little Orphan Annie hops on two feet
Little Orphan Annie hops on three feet
(bend down and touch the floor)
Little Orphan Annie hops on four feet.
(touch floor with both hands)
Little Orphan Annie hops out!

Do you remember any of these rhymes? What about any others?  Please do add more in the comments!


  1. I Love chants and clapping and skipping games! I made a little booklet your kids might like that's a free download at my website.

    1. Thanks for the link Susan - I've just downloaded a copy - looks great!!

  2. By coincidence I stop by here after finishing my posting :
    I think I need to add up that memorizing poem can be used for skipping rope��. I love that 10 rhymes. Thanks for sharing.


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