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Jumping Rope Songs

Updated on June 3, 2014

Remember All Those Fun Jump Rope Rhymes?

Did you have fun jumping rope when you were young? Here's a page full of memories, or a chance to pass the fun on to a new generation of kids. Jumping rope is FUN, and a great way to get exercise. Grab any length or rope, clothesline, or heavy cord, and you're in for a whole day of fun!

A My Name Is Alice

This classic rhyme is also a great way to work on the alphabet!

Each verse is a fill-in-the blank sentence, using consecutive letters on the alphabet.

___ (letter) my name is _______ (girl name), I'm gonna marry _______ (boy name); we'll live in _______ (place name), and we'll (make/raise) _____ (object/animal name).

You can insert new words in the blanks each time you jump to this. Here are a few examples to get you started...

A my name is ALICE, I'm gonna marry ADAM; we'll live in ARKANSAS, and we'll raise ARTICHOKES.

B my name is BETTY, I'm gonna marry BENJI; we'll live in BIRMINGHAM, and we'll make BAMBOO CHAIRS.

C my name is CATHY, I'm gonna marry CARLTON; we'll live in CALGARY, and we'll make COVERLETS.

Keep going, as far as you can through the alphabet!


This is a short lyric, that starts counting up at the end. It goes on as long as you can keep jumping...

Cinderella dressed in yellow

Went downstairs to kiss her fellow.

Made a mistake and kissed a snake!

Who many doctors did it take?

One, two, three, four, five . . .

That's how I remember it; but I found this alternate version recently...

Cinderella, dressed in yella

went downtown to meet a fella.

On the way her girdle busted!

How many people were disgusted?

One, two, three, four, five . . .

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 fifty cents, cents, cents

To see the elephant, elephant, elephant

Jump the fence, fence fence

They jumped so high, high, high

They touched the sky, sky, sky

And didn't come back, back, back

Till the fourth of July, -ly, -ly!

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 a magazine!

Miss Lucy

Miss Lucy had a baby.

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.

"He's sick!" said the doctor.

"He's sick!" said they nurse.

"He's sick!" said the lady

with the alligator purse.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

The children jump rope while they sing this rhyme, and they act out the words as the words come up in the rhyme. An example: when they say "go upstairs" the child pretends to climb a staircase.

Teddy bear, teddy bear, dressed in blue,

Can you do what I tell you to?

Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around.

Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground.

Teddy bear, teddy bear, do the splits.

Teddy bear, teddy bear, give a high kick.

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 good night.

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!

Little Dutch Girl

This is another jump rope rhyme where the jumper needs to act out the words as they jump...

I'm a little Dutch girl,

Dressed in blue.

Here are the things

I like to do:

Salute to the captain.

Bow to the queen.

Turn by back,

On the submarine.

I can do the tap dance.

I can do the splits.

I can do the hokey-pokey,

Just like this!

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Down in the Valley

Fill in the name of the jumper in the blanks, and then jump as long as you can, counting up, at the end.

Down in the valley where the green grass grows,

There sat __________ as pretty as a rose.

She sang so high, she sang so sweet,

Along came ________ and kissed her on the cheek.

How many kisses did she get?

1, 2, 3 . . . . .

Apartment for Rent

This one works best with a big group of jumpers! Each person jumps only briefly, calling out his or her own name as "moves out", and naming the next jumper to "move in". It's very fast-paced!

Apartment for rent, inquire within,

When _________ moves out, let ___________ in.

Miss Suzy

Miss Suzy had a steamboat.

The steamboat had a bell.

Miss Suzy went to heaven.

The steamboat went to...

Hello operator.

Please give me number nine.

If you disconnect me

I'll kick you in the...

Behind the refrigerator,

there was a piece of glass.

Miss Suzy sat upon it,

and cut her little...

Ask me no more questions.

Tell me no more lies.

The boys are in the bathroom,

zipping up their...

Flies are in the meadow.

The bees are in the park.

Miss Suzy and her boyfriend,

are kissing in the...

Dark is like a movie.

A movie's like a show.

A show is like a TV screen.

And that is all I know!

Birthday Rhyme

Apples, peaches, pears, and plums

Tell me when your birthday comes....

[spell out your birth month, and then jump out]

If you want to make it harder, spell your own birth month, then the jumper before you, then the one before that, and so on. (The remembering in order makes it much harder!)

Golden Rule

School, School the golden rule,

Spell your name and go to school...

[First turn: Person spells name and then runs out without touching rope]

[Second turn: "Kindergarten"--person just runs though the turning rope]

[Third turn: "First Grade"--the person jumps once, saying "first grade" then runs out]

[Third turn: "First Grade"--the person jumps twice, saying "first grade, second grade" then runs out]

Keep going, all the way through "Twelfth Grade".

Each person's turn ends when she or he trips on the rope, or when they make it through the 12th grade.

(This rhyme is similar to the H-O-R-S-E game, wherein each player will be on a different level from the others, all racing to get to the last "grade".)

Down in the Valley

Down in the valley.

where the green grass grows,

There sat [jumper's name].

pretty as a rose.

Up came [name a boy in the class, particularly one the jumper likes!],

and kissed her on the cheek!

How many kisses did she get this week?

1, 2, 3...

[Count until the jumper messes up.]

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    • Johanna Eisler profile image

      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      So many familiar ones here - although I learned them with variations. One I really liked because it involved so MANY people at once was this one:

      "Windy, windy, weather, we all jump in together

      January! February! March! April! May! June! July! August! September! October! November! December!"

      As your birth month was called out, you jumped in with everyone else until everyone was jumping. Of course, being born in November, I almost never got to jump in, because someone goofed up before my month was called. I always had high hopes, though. ;)

      Thanks for the memories!

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      AngryBaker 5 years ago

      I love this... funny how many I remember.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      I remember some of these and what great exercise that was. Let's give all kids a jump rope to play with.

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      Ruthi 6 years ago

      Thanks for the jump down memory lane! I remember well jumping rope to some of these songs.

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      AnnsHomeDecor 6 years ago

      Thanks so much for making this lens. I was just talking to my daughter the other day about the Miss Suzy rhyme and we couldn't remember the ending.

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      patriciapeppy 6 years ago

      very cute lense

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      capriliz lm 6 years ago

      We had many hours of fun singing these songs and jumping rope.

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      Karen 6 years ago from U.S.

      This brought back good memories of jumping rope when I was a child :-) Some of these songs I remember, and some are new to me. Very nice lens!

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      Cute little lens :)

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      Lisa Marie Gabriel 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      You got me on the "kissed a snake" rhyme! Blessed today :)