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Jump Rope Songs and Rhymes

On Fridays when we have a regular full week of school, the PE teacher at my school and I combine to do Music and Movement with our kids. We have two classes in the gym at a time and sometimes this can get pretty crazy, but we generally have a good time and the kids look forward to it.

We do lots of folk dancing, parachute activities, and espesically in the month of February, we jump rope! Our PE teacher is in the middle of Jump Rope for Heart.

She has asked me to teach each grade some different long rope songs and games.

The following slides will be ON SALE for the rest of Feb. on my Teachers Pay Teachers Page.

This is the easiest one for them to jump with because there are only two lines of text before the numbers:
 This one "ups the anty" a little with four lines of text before counting the number of doctors it took to save poor Cinderella. So far, the high score in my room is 62 doctors.
 Uh-oh... this one has the word "boyfriend". I know what you're thinking.... "my kids won't go for this". I actually learned this one from my kids. I guess it's the hot rhyme on the playground these days. They also have another variation "Ice cream, soda pop, cherry on top, how many boyfriends do you got? 1... 2... 3..." I chose this one because I don't like "do you got".... I'm really not a grammar snob, but that does bother me.
 This one is great if you are working on so-mi-la. Throw the rope on "overhead".

 I thought this one would be too hard for my little kids who have a hard time jumping over the rope, and too babyish for my upper grades because of the text, but having to do the actions in the long rope really makes this a fun challenge for them. I have fifth grade boys chanting "Teddy Bear"! We do chant this one, like the rhythm in Susan Brumfield's book, "Hot Peas and Barley-O" But I use this text instead of hers because of the fun (and challengeing) actions.
 Skipping Rope Song can be found in 150 American Folk Songs. Every music teacher should own this book!

This song is great for prepare/present/practice ti-tiri (or whatever you call it in your rhythm language) by isolating the last line or tiri-ti.

These are available for download as a PDF file. You can easily convert that to PowerPoint slides or whatever you use in your classroom.

I project these in my room when we are using that particular song/rhyme, but for Jump Rope For Heart I have each of these laminated on different cards that will be placed around my music room with long ropes for different stations.

Happy Jumping!



  1. This is exactly what I was looking for! I'm a music teacher and my playground needs some new jump rope songs. Thanks so much for posting.

  2. No problem! Glad you can use them! :)

  3. These are such classic jump rope rhymes and presented so beautifully.Thanks for sharing! I liked them so much that I shared them on my post about summer activities. Find more here

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