Jump Rope Game Rhymes

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake cream on top,

Tell me the name of your sweetheart,

Is it A, B, C,D….

Jumper continues jumping until they miss.  Whichever letter he/she lands on has to use that letter to name a sweetheart.



Cinderella, dressed in yellow,

went to the ball to kiss a fellow,

She made a mistake,

and kissed a snake,

How many doctors did it take?

1, 2, 3, 4, 5….

Keep counting until jumper stops.



Fudge, Fudge call the judge,

_____(name of child whose jumping) having a baby,

Daddy going crazy,

Is it 1, 2, 3, 4, 5….

Keep counting until jumper stops


Teddy Bear

Teddy bear, teddy bear turn around,

Teddy bear, teddy bear touch the ground,

Teddy bear, teddy bear climb the stairs,

Teddy bear, teddy bear say your prayers,

Teddy bear, teddy bear turn out the light,

Teddy bear, teddy bear say good night,


Hot Pepper 

Red  hot pepper in the pot,

Who’s got more than the leader’s got?

10, 20, 30

Keep counting until jumper misses.



A hunting we will go,

A hunting we will go,

We’ll catch a fox,

Put him in a box,

And then we’ll let him go.

Repeat until jumper misses


Apples, Peaches, Pears and Plums

Apples, peaches, pears and plums

tell me when your birthday comes

January, February, March, April, May

Don’t forget to tell me which day

June, July, August, September

I know it’s a day you remember

October, November or December

1st, 2nd ,3rd, 4th, 5th………

Jumper yells out month when it comes and continues to jump

Jumper stops when they get to the day (the number).


Bubble Gum

Bubble gum, bubble gum chew and blow,

Bubble  gum, bubble gum scrape your toe,

Bubble gum, bubble gum tastes so sweet,

Bubble gum, bubble gum get off your feet.

Repeat until jumper stops



Butterfly, butterfly turn around,

Butterfly, butterfly touch the ground,

Butterfly, butterfly show your shoe,

Butterfly, butterfly count to 25

Jumper does the tasks in the rhyme. Jumper stops when they reach 25.


Miss Mary Mac

Miss Mary Mac, Mac, Mac,

All dressed in black, black, black

With silver buttons, buttons, buttons

All down her back, back, back

She asked her mother, mother, mother

For 50 cents, cents, cents

To see the elephants, elephants, elephants

Jump over the fence, fence, fence

They jumped so high, high, high

They reached the sky, sky, sky

and they didn’t come back, back, back

Til’ the fourth of July, July, July.

Miss Mary Mac is also a popular hand clapping game


Miss Lucy

Miss Lucy had a baby,

She named him Tiny Tim,

She put in the bath tub to see if he could swim.

He drank up all the water,

He ate up all the soap,

He even tried to eat the bath tub but it wouldn’t fit down his throat,

Miss Lucy called the doctor,

The doctor called the nurse,

The nurse call the lady with the alligator purse.

In rang the doctor,

In rang the nurse,

In rang the lady with the alligator purse.

Mumps said the doctor,

Measles said the nurse,

Hiccups said the lady with the alligator purse.

Miss Lucy kicked the doctor,

Miss Lucy kicked the nurse,

Miss Lucy thanked the lady with the alligator purse.

Miss Lucy is also a popular hand clapping game.


Fun,Cool Outside Games for Kids

Freeze and Melt

Materials: None

1. Designate a play area.

2. Have all the children run around in designated play area.

3. Have the adult or person it clap hands and yell freeze.  All the children must freeze at this time.

4. Who ever did not freeze is out.  The adult or person it decides who is out.

5. Adult or person it yells melt all the children start running around again.

6. Last child standing is the new person it.


Materials needed: Kick ball or any rubber ball about the size of a basketball

  1. One child holds the ball
  2. All the other children make a circle around him (about 4ft away)
  3. Child holding the ball calls out one of the other player’s names and throws the ball straight up into the air.
  4. All the children run away from the ball except the player who’s name was called
  5. Player who’s name was called must run and get the ball. When they pick up the ball they yell stop.
  6. All the children must freeze
  7. Child who is holding the ball gets to take 4 big steps towards another player while spelling S-P-U-D
  8. After the steps the child must throw the ball to tag another player. If they get the player that player gets an S if they miss then they get the S. The child that gets tagged is now it.
  9. When a child receives S-P-U-D they are out. Last child standing wins.

 Hit the Deck/ Captain’s Ship

Materials: None

  1. Designate an area to be the “ship” let all players know where the left, right, front and back of the ship is, also make a base.
  2. One child is chosen to be it.  This person is the captain.  All the other people playing are the crew.
  3. The captain shouts outs order s to the crew.  The crew must follow.
  4. If a crew member does not follow the orders from the captain they are out. (think Simon Says)
Here are the orders the captain can shout out.
Hit the deck!: All players must lay on the floor
To the ship:  All players run to the right, last one there is out
To the Island: All players run to the left, last one there is out
Three man boat: All players must get into groups of three and pretend to row a boat ( player that does not make it in a group is out)
Shark!:  All players must run to base (make a base prior to the start of the game). Last player to base is out
Attention on deck: All players salute the captain and yell “aye, aye Captain” Players cannot move until captain yells “at ease” If a player moves they are out
Man Overboard: Players get into groups of two, one player lays on their stomach the other player  places their foot on their partners back. Players that do not have a partner are out, last pair to do task is out.
Bow: Run to the front of the ship, last one there is out
Stern: Run to the back of the ship, last one there is out
Scrub the deck: All players get on their knees and pretend to scrub the ship, players don’t stop until captain yells “ships clean”  players who stop early or keeps cleaning are out


Johnny Come Over 

Materials needed: None

Must be played in a large open area

  1. Pick 1 child to be it.  If you have a large group (over 10) 2 people can be it.
  2. The child who is it stands in the middle of the playing area.
  3. All the other children stand in a horizontal line about 30ft-50ft away.
  4. Child who is it yells Johnny Come Over all the children try to run to the other side while child is it tries to tag them.
  5. When child are tagged they must freeze.
  6. The children who made it wait until they hear Johnny Come Over to try to run back to the other side.
  7. Children who are tagged can help the child who is it by sticking their hands out to tag children as they run by. They can only stick their hands out they cannot move their feet.
  8. Last child standing wins and becomes the next person it.



Materials Needed: None

  1. One child is chosen to be it (traffic light)
  2. All the other children stand 30ft-50ft away
  3. The “traffic light” turns their back towards the children and says Red light, green light 123 while all the other children run closer to them.
  4. After the “traffic light” says 3 they quickly turn around. Any child caught moving get sent back to start.
  5. First child to reach the “traffic light” wins and is now it.


Mother May I

Materials needed: None

  1. One child is chosen to be the “mother”
  2. All the other children stand in a line 30ft-50ft away
  3. The “mother” calls out of the children’s name and asks them to complete a task (i.e take 4 giant steps forward). The child responds “Mother May I?” The “mother” replies yes you may or no you may not.
  4. The “mother” goes down the line of children and has them complete tasks until one child reaches her and is now the new “mother.”

Children love this game because they are asked to complete many different and funny tasks.  Some ideas are: Giant steps, Ballerina Steps, Frog Leap, Spin Step.

Be Creative and Have Fun!!


Water Balloon Toss

Materials Needed: Water Balloons

  1. Put the children into two lines.  Their partners will be the child directly across from them.
  2. Give each child on one of the lines a water balloon.
  3. When they are told go the children throw their water balloon to their partner and then the partner throws it back.
  4. When all the teams complete this task one line takes a step back. If they did not complete the task and they break the water balloon that team is out.
  5. Repeat
  6. Last team standing wins.


Materials Needed: None

  1. Decide on an area where the children will play. Instruct the children not go out outside that area.
  2. Pick a child who is it.
  3. All the children start running around
  4. The child who is it tries to tag another child.
  5. When another child is tagged they are now it.
  6. The games continues until you have them stop.
Freeze Tag

Materials Needed: None

  1. Decide on an area where the children will play. Instruct the children not to go outside that area.
  2. Pick a child to be it.
  3. All the children run around.
  4. When the child who is it tags another child they freeze.
  5. Last child standing wins and is not it.

Blind Man’s Bluff

Materials Needed: None

  1. Decide on an area where the children will make.  Make sure it is clear of any objects on can trip and get hurt.
  2. Pick a child to be it.
  3. The child who is it wears a blind fold.
  4. The blind folded child has to spin in a circle 5-10 times (number of spins will be set at the beginning of the game) while the other children runs away.
  5. After the child completes the spins they yell stop.  ALl the children must freeze.
  6. The blind folded child yells blind man’s and the other children respond bluff.
  7. The blind folded child must try to find the children using the verbal cues.
  8. They repeat the saying blind man’s bluff until all the children are found.
  9. Last child found wins and is now it.


How to Make your own Butter, Fun Activity for Kids

Why go to the store and buy butter when you can make some at home.  Making your own butter is fun and easy for kids of all ages.  Follow the step-by-step directions below to make your own butter!

Materials Needed: Glass or plastic jar with lid (make sure the lid can close tightly), 8oz of heavy cream, 1 marble

Step 1:  Pour heavy cream into the glass or plastic jar

Step 2:  Put your marble into the jar.

Step 3:  Put the lid on your jar and tighten.  This step is important, you do not want your cream flying out of your jar.

Step 4:  Shake bottle for approximately 10 minutes.  As you shake the jar you will notice that the  cream will begin to thicken.  As it thickens it will be harder to shake.  This is how you know that your butter is beginning to form.

Step 5:  Open the jar and you will see a solid mass (the butter).  Pour out the excess liquid and place your butter in a bowl.  Knead your butter add some salt if you like and enjoy!

Shake things up: Have fun while shaking!  Have the kids jump and dance around. (Works best when they have a plastic jar in case they drop it.)




Kids love making slime.  It’s gooky, gooey, greatness.

Materials needed: 16oz box of cornstarch, 1 1/2 cups of warm water, Green food coloring  (or any color you wish), bowl

  1. Pour water into the bowl
  2. Add drops of food coloring until you are happy with the color
  3. Add 16oz of cornstarch to the water
  4. Mix together and play
If the mixture looks to thin add more cornstarch, if toothick add more water.

The slime will look liquid in the bowl but harden when you squeeze it.

Store in a plastic ziplock bag when finished playing


Water Filter Science Project for Kids

This water filter experiment is a fun and simple  Science Project for kids

What are Water Filters and What do they do?

Water filters are used to remove impurities and solid particles from our water. They make our drinking water clean.

Follow the steps below to make your own home made water filter.


Materials needed: Pitcher of Water half full, Glass Jar, Coffee Filter, Cup of Soil/Dirt and a Funnel ( I cut off the top part of a soda bottle and turned it upside down to make funnel)


Step 1:  Have child collect a cup of soil or dirt.

Step 2:  Place the funnel in the glass jar and place the coffee filter in the funnel






Step 3: Mix the soil with the water together in a cup

Step 4: Slowly pour mixture into funnel, wait until water drains to add more






Step 5: Watch what happens!






What Happened?

The water the flows into the jar will appear much cleaner.

How did this happen?

The coffee filter acts like a water filter and catches the soil/dirt particles and separates them from the water.  The clean water drips down into the jar.

You did it, you made your own home made water filter! Now enter it in your school Science Fair!