Need to get motivated for your next jump rope workout? Listen to up-beat jump rope songs.

Studies refer to music as a ‘legal drug’ because of its ability to “reduce the perception of effort significantly” and increase endurance by as much as 15 percent.

That’s pretty impressive.

So to get you started, we’ve compiled a list of 65 jump rope songs to help make your jump rope workouts a little more effective and a lot more fun.

Whether you’re into classic rock or pop, EDM or hip hop, there’s something on this list for everyone. Go ahead and check out our full jump rope workout songs playlist.

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Thanks to our Community

A lot of the jump rope songs in this list come directly from the jumpers in our community. Thank you all for sending in your suggestions.

Note – here’s the post where we asked our community:

If you’d like to join our community, you can get your private invitation here.

If you have your own jump rope song suggestions, please add them to the comments at the end of this post so we can add them to our list!

As you’ll see, our jump rope tunes are broken up into different genre categories below. We’ve added our Spotify playlist here for you to listen to.

We also added the BPM for each song, so you’ll know what tempo you’re jumping to! BPM or beats per minute refers to the tempo and speed of the song. Songs with BPM that are less than 100 are best for slower jumping (possibly with heavy ropes), songs that have BPMs between 120-160 are best for moderate jumping, and songs above 180 BPM are best for speed jumping and tricks.bp

Let’s get started.

Hip Hop & R&B Jump Rope Songs

If you’re into hip hop or R&B, these workout tunes are for you:

DROP THE WORLD

LIL WAYNE

3:49 DURATION

145 BPM

PUMP IT UP

JOE BUDDEN

4:11 DURATION

105 BPM

TILL I COLLAPSE

EMINEM

4:51 DURATION

171 BPM

ALL I DO IS WIN

DJ KALED ft. T-PAIN, LUDACRIS, SNOOP DOGG & RICK ROSS

3:50 DURATION

150 BPM

LIVE YOUR LIFE

T.I. ft. RIHANNA

5:38 DURATION

160 BPM

IN DA CLUB

50 CENT

3:13 DURATION

90 BPM

KEEP ON KEEPING ON

TRAVIE MCCOY ft. BRANDON URIE

4:05 DURATION

178 BPM

VICTORY

PUFF DADDY

4:56 DURATION

90 BPM

GONNA GIVE IT TO YA

DMX

3:51 DURATION

95 BPM

60 SECONDS ASSASSINS

DJ KAY SLAY

3:37 DURATION

172 BPM

FRAGILE

TECH-N9NE

3:56 DURATION

195 BPM

DROP

TIMBALAND & FAT MAN SCOOP

6:00 DURATION

117 BPM

JUMP AROUND

HOUSE OF PAIN

3:34 DURATION

107 BPM

HOW LOW

LUDACRIS

3:21 DURATION

144 BPM

BREAK THE CHAIN

LUPE FIASCO

3:21 DURATION

144 BPM

ROCK SUPERSTAR

CYPRESS HILL

4:36 DURATION

94 BPM

LOSE YOURSELF

EMINEM

5:26 DURATION

171 BPM

I LIKE TO MOVE IT MOVE IT

REEL 2 REAL

3:41 DURATION

123 BPM

HOT IN HERE

NELLY

3:48 DURATION

107 BPM

WORKOUT

J COLE

3:54 DURATION

93 BPM

Got Spotify? Listen to the full hip hop/R&B playlist here.

EDM Jump Rope Songs

If you’re into electronic dance music, these tunes are for you:

ALIVE

KREWELLA

4:50 DURATION

128 BPM

I NEED YOUR LOVE

CALVIN HARRIS

3:54 DURATION

125 BPM

FIREFLIES

OWL CITY

3:53 DURATION

90 BPM

BAD

DAVID GUETTA

2:50 DURATION

128 BPM

MOZART’S HOUSE

CLEAN BANDIT

3:50 DURATION

125 BPM

SAVE THE WORLD TONIGHT

SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA

3:35 DURATION

127 BPM

GET UP

BINGO PLAYERS

2:46 DURATION

128 BPM

WATCH OUT FOR THIS

MAJOR LAZER

4:29 DURATION

108 BPM

BRING THE NOIZE

M.I.A.

4:35 DURATION

125 BPM

STEREO LOVE

EDWARD MAYA & VIKA JIGULINA

4:08 DURATION

127 BPM

HADOUKEN

ZED’S DEAD

4:00 DURATION

145 BPM

MR. VAIN

CULTURE BEAT

4:17 DURATION

133 BPM

RUSSIAN PRIVJET

BASS HUNTER

4:01 DURATION

132 BPM

LONE DIGGER

CARAVAN PALACE

3:49 DURATION

124 BPM

ADAGIO FOR STRINGS

DJ TIESTO

5:57 DURATION

120 BPM

WHEN A FIRE STARTS TO BURN

DISCLOSURE

4:44 DURATION

124 BPM

CALL ON ME

ERIC PRYDZ

2:49 DURATION

126 BPM

JACK

BREACH

2:49 DURATION

124 BPM

SATISFACTION

BENNY BENASSI

3:12 DURATION

130 BPM

BURN

ELLIE GOULDING

3:51 DURATION

87 BPM

HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE

CALVIN HARRIS & DISCIPLES

3:32 DURATION

128 BPM

I CAN WALK ON WATER

BASSHUNTER

3:44 DURATION

140 BPM

Got Spotify? Listen to the full EDM workout songs playlist here.

Pop/Rock/Alternative Jump Rope Songs

If you’re into pop, rock, or alternative music, these tunes are for you:

LONELY BOY

BLACK KEYS

3:13 DURATION

166 BPM

ANIMALS

NABIHA

3:13 DURATION

98 BPM

BACK IN BLACK

AC/DC

4:15 DURATION

188 BPM

RENEGADE OF FUNK

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE

4:34 DURATION

124 BPM

WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

GUNS N’ ROSES

4:33 DURATION

123 BPM

I’M TOO SEXY

RIGHT SAID FRED

2:50 DURATION

122 BPM

CAN’T HOLD US

MACKLEMORE

4:18 DURATION

146 BPM

DANGER! HIGH VOLTAGE

ELECTRIC SIX

4:03 DURATION

125 BPM

ROCK AND ROLL

LED ZEPPELIN

3:40 DURATION

170 BPM

EVERLONG

FOO FIGHTERS

4:10 DURATION

158 BPM

LOVE RUNS OUT

ONEREPUBLIC

3:44 DURATION

120 BPM

ROCKY THEME SONG

ROCKY MOVIE

4:51 DURATION

120 BPM

YOU’RE THE BEST

BEER TONE

3:03 DURATION

95 BPM

RIGHT NOW

VAN HALEN

3:20 DURATION

94 BPM

#THATPOWER

WILL.I.AM ft. JUSTIN BIEBER

4:39 DURATION

128 BPM

DANZA KUDURO

DON OMAR ft. LUCENZO

2:39 DURATION

130 BPM

HEARTS ON FIRE

JOHN CAFFERTY

4:12 DURATION

137 BPM

DESPACITO

LUIS FONSI & DADDY YANKEE

3:48 DURATION

89 BPM

Got Spotify? Listen to the full pop/rock/alternative playlist here.

Full Jump Rope Songs Playlist

We are in now way affiliated with Spotify, but we love the service. It’s loaded with tons of awesome music and it’s completely free (if you don’t mind ads). If you’re on Spotify, we’ve put together one kick-ass playlist with all 65 songs for you here and will add more regularly!

Share Your Favorite Jump Rope Songs

Now that you have our list of jump rope workout songs, we want to hear what YOUR favorite jump rope song is. Are there any workout songs you feel should be on this list that aren’t? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

5th Jul 2014 Matt Hopkins

We’ve put together a huge collection of new and traditional jump songs, rhymes and chants that help keep the cadence while skipping rope. Enjoy these double dutch jump rope songs with your friends and fellow jumpers!
( Have a rhyme that’s not on this list? Use the discussion feature at the bottom of this page and we’ll add it!)

Related: Double Dutch Jump Ropes

Banana, Banana, Banana Split

Banana, banana, banana split,
What did you get in arithmetic?
Banana, banana, banana for free,
What did you get in geometry?

Birdie, Birdie in the Sky

Birdie, birdie in the sky,
Why’d ya do that in my eye?
Birdie, birdie in the sky,
Gee, I’m glad that cows don’t fly.

I Know Something

I know something,
But I won’t tell.
Three little monkeys,
in a peanut shell.
One can read,
And one can dance,
And one has a hole,
in the seat of his pants!

Lemon Lime

Lemon Lime
On time
Singing 1, 2 (jumper hops out)
3, 4, (2nd jumper jumps just 2x & then hops out etc.)
5, 6,

Five Little Monkeys

Five little monkeys,
Jumping on the bed.
One fell off,
And bumped his head
Mama called the doctor,
And the doctor said:
“No more monkeys
jumping on the bed!”

Had a Little Sportscar

Had a little sportscar 248 Took it round the coooooooooooorrr (jumper hops out of the turning rope, runs around the corner & jumps back in)
Ner & slammed it on the brakes (jump rope turners stop turning)
Bumped into a lady, bumped into a man
Bumped into a policeman, man oh man
Policeman caught me
Put me in jail
All I had was ginger ale
Red, hot, chili pepper (rope turners turn faster & faster until jumper misses a jump)

I Had a Little Puppy

I had a little puppy.
His name was Tiny Tim.
I put him in the bathtub,
To see if he could swim.
He drank up all the water.
He ate a bar of soap.
The next thing you know,
He had a bubble in his throat.
In came the doctor
(person jumps in).
In came the nurse
( person jumps in).
In came the lady
With the alligator purse
(person jumps in).
Out went the doctor
(person jumps out).
Out went the nurse
(person jumps out).
Out went the lady
With the alligator purse
(person jumps out).

A, B, C and Vegetable Soup

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

A My Name Is

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

All in Together Girls

All in together, girls.
How do you like the weather, girls?
January, February, March, April . . .

~Caitlin Pollard, 2nd Grade, & Adele Greil

Anthy Maria Jumped in the Fire

Anthy Maria jumped in the fire.
The fire too hot, she jumped in the pot.
The pot was too black, she jumped in a crack.
The pot was soon over, she jumped in some clover.
Clover’s too sweet; she kicked up her feet.
Feet was soon over, she cried 1, 2, 3,
Jumped in a tree.
The tree was so high she couldn’t go higher.
‘Long came a breeze, blew her away.

~Marilyn Sloan, Alfred, NY

Apartment for Rent

Apartment for rent, inquire within,
When _________ moves out, let ___________ in.

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

Apples, Peaches, Pears and Plums

Apples, peaches, pears, and plums
Tell me when your birthday comes.

~Caitlin Pollard, 2nd Grade

My Grandfather’s Farm

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

Benjamin Franklin Went to France

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

~Adele Greil

Blackbirds, Blackbirds

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

Bluebells, Cockle Shells

Bluebells, cockle shells,
Eevie, ivy, over;
I like coffee, I like tea;
I like the boys, and the boys like me.
Tell your mother to hold her tongue;
She had a fellow when she was young.
Tell your father to do the same;
He had a girl and he changed her name.
Bluebells, cockle shells,
Eevie, ivy, over;
Mother went to market
To buy some meat;
Baby’s in the cradle
Fast asleep.
The old clock on the mantel says
One o’clock, two o’clock..
(to twelve o’clock)

~Kim Donius, AACS Librarian

Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum

Bubble gum, bubble gum
Penny a packet,
First you chew it,
Then you crack it,
Then you stick it
In your jacket,
Then your parents
Kick up a racket.
Bubble gum, bubble gum, Penny a packet.

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum (v2)

Bubble gum, bubble gum, chew and blow,
Bubble gum, bubble gum, scrape your toe,
Bubble gum, bubble gum, tastes so sweet,
Get that bubble gum off your feet!

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

Butterfly, Butterfly

Butterfly, Butterfly, throws a kiss, kiss, kiss,
Butterfly, Butterfly, get out before you miss, miss, miss.

~Marilyn Sloan, Alfred, NY

Calling in, Calling out

Calling in, calling out,
_________ runs in when I run out!

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

Charlie Chaplin Went to France

Charlie Chaplin went to France,
To teach the ladies the hula dance.
First on the heels,
Then on the toes,
Around and around and around you go.
Salute to the Captain,
Bow to the Queen,
Touch the bottom of the submarine.

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

Chimacum, Cheetahs

Chimacum Cheetahs, turn around,
Chimacum Cheetahs, touch the ground,
Chimacum Cheetahs, show your spots,
Chimacum Cheetahs, hot, hot, hot!

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus
Sailed the ocean blue
In fourteen hundred
And ninety-two.

~Marilyn Sloan, Alfred, NY

Chocolate Bears

Chocolate bears and gingerbread cats,
All dressed up in whipped-cream hats.
Danced in the garden under the moon,
Beat sweet rhythms with a wooden spoon,
Whirling, turning, jumping to the beat,
Melting down to their ice cream feet.

When the baker ran to see,
They ran beneath the gum-gum tree,
Running in between the rows,
Tripping over ice cream toes.
There were 1, 2, 3 . . .

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

Cinderalla Dressed in Yella

Cinderella dressed in yella,
Went downstairs to kiss a fella,
Made a mistake and kissed a snake.
How many doctors did it take
1, 2, 3, . . . .

Cinderella dressed in yellow
Went downstairs to kiss her fellow.
How many kisses did she give?
One, two, three, four, five . . .

~Adele Greil

Cookies, Candies in a Dish

Cookies, candy in the dish;
How many pieces do you wish?
1, 2, 3, 4, . . . . .

~Mrs. Harris, AACS Art Teacher

Dolly Dimple Walks Like This

Dolly Dimple walks like this,
Dolly Dimple talks like this,
Dolly Dimple smiles like this,
Dolly Dimple throws a kiss.

~Adele Greil

Down in the Alley

Down in the alley where the garbage grows,
A flea jumped on an elephant’s toes,
The elephant cried with tears in his eyes,
Why don’t you pick on someone your size?

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

Down in the Valley

Down in the valley
Where the green grass grows
Sat little Annie
As sweet as a rose.
Along came a boy
And kissed her on the cheek.
Why, Annie, you ought to be ashamed!
Got a little boyfriend
And you don’t know his name!
What is his name?
A, B, C …

~Kim Donius, AACS Librarian

Down in the Valley (v2)

~Trisha Kuenzie, 2nd grade

Down by the Riverside

Down by the riverside the green grass grows,
Where someone walks, some tiptoe.
She sings, she sings so sweet,
She calls over to someone across the street.
Tea cakes, pancakes, everything you see,
Meet me at the park at half past three.

~Mrs. Ordway, AACS 1st Grade Teacher

Early in the Morning

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

Grace, Grace Dressed in Lace

Grace, Grace dressed in lace.
Went upstairs to powder her face.
How many boxes did it take?
1, 2, 3 . . . . .

~Ashley Kuenzie, 1st grade

Gypsy, Gypsy

Gypsy, gypsy
Please tell me.
What’s my sweetheart going to be:
Doctor, Lawyer, banker, thief,
Sailor, soldier, Indian Chief?

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

Hello, Hello, Hello, sir

~Adele Greil

Here am I, Little Jumping Joan

Here am I, little jumping Joan;
When nobody’s with me
I’m always alone.

~Kim Donius, AACS Librarian

Hickety Pickety Pop

Hickety Pickety Pop,
How many times before I stop?
1, 2, 3 . . . .

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

Mississippi

How do you spell Mississippi?
M (cross arms over chest)
I (point to your eye)
Crooked letter (cross legs and jump)
Crooked letter (cross legs and jump)
I (point to eye)
Hunch back
Hunch back
I!

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

15 Cents

I asked my parents for 15 cents,
To see the platypus jump the fence.
She jumped so high she touched the sky,
And didn’t come back till the Fourth of July.

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

50 Cents

I asked my mother for fifty cents
To see the elephant jump the fence.
He jumped so high he touched the sky,
And never came back till the Fourth of July
(Jump higher and higher)

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

I Can Do a Polka

I can do a polka, I can do a split,
I can do a tap dance, just like this!
1, 2, 3 . . . .

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

I Eat My Peas with Honey

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

I Had a Little Brother

I had a little brother
And his name was Johnny.
He played in the meadow
where the frogs croaked funny.
He ran through the meadow
With a song on his tongue,
And he picked a few flowers
Just for fun.
How many flowers did he find?
1, 2, 3 . . . .

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

I Know a Boy

I Know a Little Lady

I know a little lady
But her name is Miss.
She went around the corner
To buy some fish.
She met a little fellow
And she gave him a kiss.
I know a little lady
But her name is Miss.

~Marilyn Sloan, Alfred, NY

I LIke Coffee

I like coffee,
I like tea.
I like ________ to jump with me.

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

I LIke Coffee (v2)

I love coffee,
I love tea.
I love the boys
And the boys love me.

~Adele Greil

I Like Coffee (v3)

I like coffee, I like tea,
I like sitting on Bobby’s knee.
Salute to the king and bow to the queen,
And turn your back on the gypsy queen.

~Erin Pollard

I Made a Wish Jumping Rope

I made a wish jumping rope,
I caught a fish jumping rope,
I gave a kiss jumping rope,
How many wishes (fishes, kisses) did I get?
1, 2, 3, . . . . .

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

Ice Cream Soda

Ice cream soda, lemonade, punch;
Spell the initials of my (your) honey bunch.
A-B-C-D . . . .

~Mrs. Harris, AACS Art Teacher & Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

If Bubble Gum is Free

If bubble gum is free, free, free,
Please give some to me, me, me.
I am clever, not a dunce,
How many can I chew at once?
One, two, three . . . .

~Erin Pollard

I’m a Little Dutch Girl

~Kim Donius, AACS Librarian

I’m a Little Dutch Girl (v2)

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 split,
I can do the holka polka
Just like this.

~Adele Greil

I Went Downtown

I went downtown
To see Ms. Brown,
She gave me a nickel
To buy a pickle,
The pickle was sour,
So I bought a flower.
The flower was dead, she gave me a tack.
The tack was sharp, she gave me a harp.
The harp was broke, she gave me a cloak.
The cloak was tight, she gave me a kite.
The kite away flew, and I did too.
(Player runs out at too)

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

Ink, Ink a 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 the magazine!

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

Ipsey Pipsey Tell Me True

Ipsey Pipsey, tell me true,
Who shall I be married to?
A, B, C. . . . . .

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

Jelly in the Dish

Jelly in the dish,
Jelly in the dish,
Wiggle-waggle
Wiggle-waggle
Jelly in the dish.

~Marilyn Sloan, Alfred, NY

Lady, Lady Touch the Ground

Lady, lady, touch the ground,
Lady, lady, turn around.
Turn to the east, and turn to the west,
And choose the one you like the best.

Lady, lady, touch the ground,
Lady, lady, turn around.
Lady, lady show your shoe,
Lady, lady, now skidoo!

~Erin Pollard & Caitlin Pollard, 2nd Grade

Ladybug, Ladybug

~Mrs. Ordway, AACS 1st Grade Teacher

Landon in the White House

Landon in the White House
Waiting to be elected.
Rosevelt in the garbage can,
Waiting to be collected.

~Marge Sands

Lemon Drops and Sugar Candy

~Erin Pollard

Mabel, Mabel Set the Table

Mabel, Mabel, set the table,
Just as fast as you are able.
Don’t forget the salt, sugar, vinegar, mustard, red-hot pepper!

~Adele Greil

Mabel, Mabel Neat and Able

Mabel, Mabel, neat and able.
Mabel, Mabel, set the table,
And don’t forget the
Red Hot Peppers!

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher & Caitlin Pollard, AACS Student

Mabel, Mabel Set the Table (v2)

Mabel, Mabel, set the table.
Don’t forget the red hot label.
Shake the salt and shake the pepper.
Who will be the highest stepper?
Winds blow hot and winds blow freeze,
How many times did Mabel sneeze?
One, two, three . . . . .

~Erin Pollard

Minnie Minnihaha

Minnie Minnihaha went to see her Papa,
Papa died. Minnie cried,
Minnie had a new born baby.
Stuck it in the bathtub to see if it could swim.
Drank a gallon of water, ate a bar of soap.
In come the Doctor, in came the nurse,
in came the lady with the alligator purse.
Out went the doctor, out went the nurse.
Out went the lady with an alligator purse.

~Kim Donius, AACS Librarian

Miss Lucy had a Baby

Miss Lucy had a baby
And 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.

~Kim Donius, AACS Librarian

Miss Mary Mack

~Katy Mormino, 2nd grade

Mississippi LIves by the Shore

Mississippi lives by the shore,
She has children three and four,
The oldest one is twenty-four.
She shall marry
Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor.

~Marilyn Sloan, Alfred, NY

Mother, Mother

Mother, Mother, I am ill
Call for the doctor over the hill.
In came the doctor,
In came the nurse,
In came the lady with the alligator purse.
“Measles,” said the doctor.
“Mumps,” said the nurse.
“Nothing,” said the lady with the alligator purse.
Out goes the doctor, out goes the nurse,
Out goes the lady with the alligator purse.

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher / Mrs. Ordway, AACS lst Grade Teacher / Marilyn Sloan, Alfred, NY

My Mother Said…

My mother said
I never should play
With the gypsies in the woods.
If I did
She would say
“Naughty girl to disobey.”

~Sheila Gilmour

My Mommy Told Me

My mommy told me,
If I was good-y
She would buy me,
A rubber dolly.
My auntie told her,
I kissed a soldier.
Now she won’t buy me,
A rubber dolly.

~AACS Parent

Old Mother Whittlehouse

Old Mother Whittlehouse
Had a big fit.
First she did the merry-go-round
And then she did the split.

~Marilyn Sloan, Alfred, NY

One I love, Two I Love

One I love, Two I love,
Three I love I say;
Four I love with all my heart,
Five I cast away.
Six he loves, Seven she loves,
Eight both love;
Nine he comes, Ten he tarries,
Eleven he courts, Twelve he marries.

~Mrs. Harris, AACS Art Teacher

One, Two, Three A-larry,

One, two, three A-larry,
My first name is Mary.
Don’t you think that I look cute?
In my brother’s bathing suit?

~Marilyn Sloan, Alfred, NY

One Whale, Two Whales

One whale, two whales, three whales, four,
One orca, two pods, three calves, more!

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater

Peter, Peter pumpkin eater.
Had a wife and couldnÕt keep her.
Put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he kept her very well.

~Rocio Moreno, grade 8

Policeman, Policeman, Do Your Duty

~Mrs. Harris, AACS Art Teacher

Postman, Postman Do Your Duty

Postman, Postman,
Do your duty.
Send this letter
To my cutie.
Don’t you stop
Nor don’t delay.
Get it to her
Right away.

~Kim Donius, AACS Librarian

Postman, Postman Do Your Duty (v2)

Postman, Postman, do your duty.
Send this letter to an American beauty.
DonÕt you stop and donÕt delay.
Get it to her right away.

~Adele Greil

Rich Man, Poor Man

~Marilyn Sloan, Alfred, NY

Robin Hood, Robin Hood Dressed so Good

Robin Hood, Robin Hood dressed so good,
Got as many kisses as he could.
How many kisses did he get?
1, 2, 3 . . . . .

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

Rooms for Rent

Rooms for rent,
Inquire within.
As I move out
Let Rachel come in.

~Adele Greil

Sixteen Bluebirds

Sixteen bluebirds sitting on a fence.
Flapped their wings and started to dance.
Upward, downward,
All along the line,
Brightly preened and looking fine!
Count 1, 2, 3 . . . . .

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

Spanish Dancer, Do the Split

Spanish dancer, do the split.
Spanish dancer, give a kick.
Spanish dancer, turn around.
Spanish dancer, get out of town.

~Adele Greil

Spanish Dancer (v2)

Spanish dancer, do the splits,
Spanish dancer, do high kicks.
Spanish dancer, clicks a shoe,
Spanish dancer, chooses YOU!

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry shortcake, cream on top.
Tell me the name of your sweetheart?
Is it …….
Alex, Brandon, Cam, Danielle, . . . . . .

~Andrea Pinyon, AU Junior

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

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 good night.

~Mrs. Harris, AACS Art Teacher / Caitlin Pollard, 2nd Grade / Adele Greil

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear (v2)

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.

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is 300 meters tall
From the top to bottom.
We can see the River Seine.
To climb it we pay
One, two, three. . . . .

~Erin Pollard

The Wind, The Wind

The wind, the wind, the wind blows high,
It blows Mary through the sky.
She is fair and she is pretty
She is the girl from the tin can city.
She can play the piano, 1 2 3
Mary, Mary, who is she?
Johnny, Johnny says he loves her.
Off they go with a kiss, kiss, kiss.
He took her to the courtyard,
Asked her, ÒWill you marry me?Ó
Yes, No, Maybe so, Yes, No, Maybe so.

~Marilyn Sloan, Alfred, NY

Three, Six, Nine

Three, six, nine, the goose drank wine,
The monkey chewed tobacco on the street car line.
The lion choked, the monkey croaked,
And they all went to heaven in a little row boat,
Clap-Clap! Clap-Clap!

~Susan Teagarden, AACS Parent

Two Little Pails of Water

Up the Ladder, Down the Ladder

Up the ladder, down the ladder,
A, B, C,
Up the ladder, down the ladder,
H – O – T!

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

Wash the Dishes

Wash the dishes dry the dishes,
Have a cup of tea.
Don’t forget the sugar.
A-one, a-two, a-three . . .

~Erin Pollard

When I Was…

When I was one I ate a bun,
Going over the sea.
I jumped aboard a sailorman’s ship,
And the sailorman said to me,
“Going over, going under,
Stand at attention like a soldier,
With a one, two, and three.”

When I was two I buckled my shoe,
Going over the sea.
I jumped aboard a sailormanÕs ship,
And the sailorman said to me, . . ..

When I was three I banged my knee,
When I was four I shut the door,
When I was five I learned to jive,
When I was six I picked up sticks,
When I was seven I went to heaven,
When I was eight I learned to skate,
When I was nine I climbed a vine,
When I was ten I caught a hen,

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

Will I Marry?

Will I marry, tell me so,
Is the answer yes or no?
Yes, no maybe so, yes, no, maybe so . . . . .

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

Windy, Windy Weather

Windy, windy weather,
All in together,
January, February . . ..
Windy, windy weather,
They all run out together,
January, February . . . . .

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

With Salad I am Sick

With salad I am sick,
With celery I am cured.
How many stalks of celery
One, two, three . . . . .

~Erin Pollard

Zoop La La

Zoop la la,
Hey la la,
Zoop la la,
Hey la la,
Zoop, zoop, zoop

~Ellen Mason, AACS Music Teacher

My Young Man

My young man has gone to France,
To teach the ladies how to dance.
When he comes back,
He’ll marry me,
And we’ll dance the polka 1 2 3
1 2 3, 1 2 3,

We’ll dance the polka 1 2 3.

About the Author

Matt Hopkins is a former competitive speed jumper and jump rope coach. Matt has won numerous national championships in speed jumping, and his athletes have won several national speed and freestyle titles and have broken world and national speed records. He also taught middle and elementary school PE in Leavenworth WA for 23 years.

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Jump Rope Songs and Games

You need some good jump rope songs and games, we have them. Here you will find an extensive list of jump rope rhymes and activities that are sure to bring hours of fun and laughter.

Jumping rope is still a favorite on most playgrounds. Whether alone or in a group, jumping rope challenges both coordination and stamina. It’s also a unique part of our cultural heritage. Historically it was first a game primarily for boys. Males usually did not use rhymes. Instead they spent their time on trick jumps: crossovers, double jumping, and peppers.

Migration of Americans from farms to towns and cities led to girls taking over this unique pastime of jump roping. One theory for this is that girls now had more time to play than they had back on the farm, and more friends to play with. On smooth city streets they put together dozens of games and hundreds of rhymes that make up modern jump rope lore.

JUMP ROPE SONGS & RHYMES

1. A SAILOR WENT TO SEA,

sea, sea.
To see what he could see, see, see.
But all that he could see, see, see.
Was the bottom of the deep blue sea, sea, sea.

2. COCA-COLA went to town

Pepsi cola shot him down
Dr. Pepper fixed him up and
changed him into Bubble up!

3. DOWN BY THE RIVER, down by the sea

,
Johnny broke a bottle and blamed it on me.
I told ma, ma told pa,
Johnny got a spanking so ha ha ha.
How many spankings did Johnny get?
1, 2, 3…. (Keep counting until the jumper messes up).

4. ICE CREAM SODA, cherry on the top

,
who’s your boyfriend/girlfriend I forgot?
A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H (and so on until the person stops jumping) You take the letter he/she lands on and think of a name of someone you know that begins with the letter.

5. 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 lights-Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say good-night!
The children jump rope while they sing this rhyme, they act out the actions as the words come up in the rhyme. An example: when they say go upstairs, the child pretends to climb the stairs.

6. CINDERELLA (#1)

Cinderella went upstairs to kiss a ‘fella –made a mistake and kissed a snake–how many doctors did it take? (count until someone messes up)

7. CINDERELLA (#2)

Cinderella, dressed in yella
went downtown to meet a fella
on the way her girdle busted,
How many people were disgusted?
10, 20, 30, 40, 50…
Until someone misses.

8, I Like Coffee–With a partner…

I LIKE COFFEE, I like tea, I like (name of next person in line) to jump in with me.” Then the two jump together, the second person saying the rhyme. When the rhyme is done, the first person runs out, and the new person comes in and jumps with the second person. OR…

9. I Like Coffee–Jump Alone…

I LIKE COFFEE, I like tea–I like the boys–And the boys like me–
Yes—No– Maybe so—Yes—No– Maybe so …etc.. (the answer is revealed when the child misses. )

10. I HAD A LITTLE PUPPY

His name was Tiny Tim
I put him in the bathtub, to see if he could swim
He drank all the water, he ate a bar of soap
The next thing you know he had a bubble in his throat.
In came the doctor, (person jumps in)
In came the nurse,( person jumps in)
In came the lady with the alligator purse (person jumps in)
Out went the doctor (person jumps out)
Out went the nurse (person jumps out)
Out went the lady with the alligator purse (person jumps out)
***************

11. PEEL A BANANA

Verse: The two holding the rope chant:

“Peel a banana upside down; see if you can touch the ground.” (the jumper tries to touch the ground without being tripped by the rope),” If you spell your name correct, you will get another chance . . .” The jumper then spells her name, including saying “capital” for uppercase letters of her name. If the jumper trips or messes up the spelling, it’s another jumper’s turn.

12. STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE–Huckleberry pie

–who’s gonna be your lucky guy?
a, b, c, d, e, f, g etc.. Until the jumper misses.

13. DOWN IN THE VALLEY where the green grass grows,

There sat (jumper) pretty as a rose.
Up came (a boy in the class, particularly one the jumper likes) and kissed her on the cheek,
How many kisses did she get this week? Count until jumper misses.

14. 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, July, July

Or, add to the end the following lines:
He jumped so high, high, high
He touched the sky, sky, sky
And he never came back, back, back

15. A HORSE, A FLEA AND THREE BLIND MICE

sat on a curbstone shooting dice.
The horse, he slipped and fell on the flea.
The flea said “Whoops, there’s a horse on me.”

16. RED HOT PEPPER

in the pot.
Gotta get over
what the leaders got. 10. 20. 30. 40 ….. ( Speed rope up until jumper misses)

Keep track of who has what score- then see who has the highest count.

SCHOOL

Participants jump in the rope one at a time. They jump the number of times depending on what grade they are in. All participants start at Kindergarten followed by grades 1, 2, 3 …

For Kindergarten they run through the rope without jumping, first grade they jump once, and so on… If they miss as they are jumping, they have to start over at Kindergarten.

17. GRADE SCHOOL

Decide how many will jump in! Participants jump in one at a time until everyone is in the rope.

First grade babies,
Second grade tots,
Third grade angels,
Fourth grade snots,
Fifth grade peaches,
Sixth grade plums,
All the rest are dirty bums!
Optional: Do hot pepper (the rope turners turn the rope as fast as they can)

18. ALL TOGETHER–

As they enter the rope, repeat
“ALL, ALL , ALL …” until the last person is in the rope.
Say the chant and then the participants will exit on their birthday month.
“ALL, ALL, ALL, ALL …”
“All in together, any kind of weather
I see a teacher looking out the window
Ding, dong a fire bell
January, February, March …”

SPANISH DANCER, turn around, (jumper turns around )
Spanish dancer, touch the ground. (jumper touches the ground)

Spanish dancer, do a high kick, (jumper does a high kick)
Spanish dancer, get out of town quick! (jumper exits and the next jumper begins )

19. DUTCH GIRL

(Act out the different things as you’re jumping rope)

I’m a little Dutch girl dressed in blue,
Here are the things I like to do:

Salute to the captain (salute)
Bow to the queen (bow)
Turn my back on the submarine (turn around and face the other direction)
I can do the tap dance (dance)
I can do the splits (jump up high with legs apart)
I can do the hokey pokey (turn yourself around)
Just like this!

JUMP ROPE GAMES AND ACTIVITIES

20. YOUNG CHILDREN can also enjoy jump rope games.

Starting at age 4, children can begin to learn. Start by having them jump over a stationary rope on the ground— or an adult or another child can wiggle the rope and they can hop over the wiggling snake!
Move on to swinging the rope back and forth slowly while they learn to jump over it; then once they get the hang of things, move on to swinging it overhead. If you don’t have another adult or older child to help you swing the rope, you can hold one end of the rope and tie the other to a fence, chair, or play-scape.

21. Consider having a JUMP-ROPE MARATHON (DAY OR WEEK…)

Keep track of numbers of jumps reached—and the kids try to beat their OWN highest number by the end of the day or week…

22. JUMP ROPE WATER SPLASH!

Will Use: Jump ropes, plastic cups, and water

  • Give each child a plastic or paper cup full of water.
  • While two players twirl a large jump rope, jumpers one by one are to attempt three consecutive jumps.
  • They are to do this while holding onto their cup of water and trying to do let any water spill. The child that has the most water left is the winner.
  • You can keep playing until only one person has water left in their cup. (When you play games like this-make sure kids have their bathing suits on–let parents know that it will be “Water-Play Day!)
    From: funattic.com

23. JUMP ROPE RELAY

Need one jump rope per Team…Divide group into several small groups. The first player of each group runs to their jump rope-which is placed about 30 feet in front of each group. They then do five jumps and return to the group. The first group/team to finish is the winner.

Extension Play…Jump backwards-five times; Jump five times on your left leg (or right leg); Jump rope and say the multiplication table of fives. Do this until you get to fifty–say one number each time you jump.

24. INTRODUCE DOUBLE DUTCH

TO YOUR GROUP! START A CLUB OR TEAM!
GRADES 4th-6th AND HIGHER!

  • Children in this grade level will begin to enjoy jumping double Dutch. Double Dutch uses two people holding each side of the rope, but the trick is they use two ropes instead of one.
  • Those who are swinging the rope would swing the rope in their left hand to the left and the rope in his right hand to the right. The on looking children then jump the double ropes.
  • As participants become more skilled, the person jumping usually does tricks that may involve gymnastics or break dancing and can also incorporate fancy foot movements.

Young people do this for fitness and it is competed at world level. Double Dutch competitions are categorized as compulsory, free style and speed rope.

There is no way any kids will think that jumping rope is for younger children once they realize the skill and sportmanship needed! Click on other group videos while there!

25. JUMP ROPE PARACHUTE ACTIVITY

This isn’t jumping rope-but something you can do with jump ropes!

SNAKES (OR WORMS) on a parachute…
Place four to six skipping ropes on the chute. By shaking the chute, the children try to shake them off. SeeParchute games for other game ideas…

There you have it a list of 25 jump rope songs and jump rope games. Make sure you check out our list of fun outdoor summer activities as well.

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