Skipping Rope and Elastic Rope Games

Okay there's loads of them out there, so here's your opportunity to see what others are doing and to share yours (Particularly if you think its better).

When submitting your version please let us know which town/state and country you play it. It will be interesting to see what differences there are between countries and different areas of a country

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All in Together (North East England version)

Sent in by Jeannette McPartland

All in together, boys and girls (everyone runs into the rope and starts skipping)
Never mind the weather, boys and girls

When I count twenty, the rope must be empty
Five, ten, fifteen, twenty (everyone runs out of the rope)

When I count ten, the rope must be full again
Five, ten (everyone runs back in)

When I count two, you must touch your shoe
One, two

When I count four, you must touch the floor
Two, four

When I count six, you must do the splits
Two, four, six (jump in the air with legs apart)

All in together (Version 2)

Sent in by Mark Larvin

"All in, All in, All in
Together just like the weather, when i say your birthday please jump out

All the boys in our town

Traditional North East England playground skipping rhyme.
Sent in by Jeannette McPartland

One person in the rope at a time

All the boys (or girls) in our town aren't very nice
Except for (name of someone in the group of the opposite sex to the skipper) - he's (she's) alright
Took me to the pictures
Sat me on his (her) knee
Said "Dear darling, won't you marry me?"
"Yes, no, maybe so,
Yes, no, maybe so ..." (repeat until the skipper stops the rope)


Sent in by Sabaa Sheikh

Two people turning the rope and one person in the middle.

apple jam tart.
Tell me the name of your sweet heart.

At this point the rope is spun very fast while the alphabet is chanted. The person skipping has to name a boy, preferably in their school class or year (if there are boys) that begin with the letter on which they trip on the rope.


Sent in by the Coleman Family

A game that needs a long rope: Skippers line up ready to run in, and chant:

All in together, friends, 
Never mind the weather, friends, 
When it's your birthday, Please run in! 
April ...etc 

It's great when we can get through the whole year!

Bumper Car (Essex Version, 1980's)

Sent in by Ruth

"We played this in Essex in the 80s..   great days..........."

Bumper car, bumper car
Number 48
Whizzed round the cor.......ner ( you leave the rope, run round one of the turners and return to skip)
Slammed on the brakes
Policeman caught me
Sent me to jail
How many bottles of ginger ale
1,2, 3... ...  

Bubble Car (South Yorkshire version, late 70's)

Sent in by Rachel Matthews

Bubble car, Bubble car
Number 48
Turning round the co...........rner (draw out saying 'corner' as the skipper leaves the rope to run round one of the turners, and then back into the rope)
and then put on the brake (stop the rope between your legs)


Sent in by Jay

1 person in the middle of the rope. 

Cinderella dressed in yella,
How many kisses can she get?
1 - 2 - 3 - ... and so on

Cinderella (Version 2)

Sent in by Ginger

Two people holding each end, 1 person skips.

Cinderella dressed in yella
Went upstairs to kiss a fella.
By mistake,
She kissed a snake,
How many doctors did it take?
1, 2, 3, 4, .....

Continue until tripped or missed a jump.

Girl Guide (Belfast, Northern Ireland, 1950-60's)

Sent in by Bobby Stead

I am a girl guide dressed in blue,
These are the actions I can do,
Stand "at ease",
Bend your knees,
Salute to the officer,
Bow to the Queen,
Turn your back on the leader of the pack,
And run right through.  

Grannies in the kitchen

Sent in by Chris Tunnah

Grannies in the kitchen, 
doin' some stitchin' 
along comes a bogeyman 
and chases grannie oot!

[Editor: The similarity with Mother's in the Kitchen suggests this is played the same way]

Mother's in the Kitchen

Sent in by Mary O'Hara

Play using a long skipping rope and as many players as possible.

"Mothers (or Father's) in the kitchen 
doing a little stitching 
in comes a bugler (at that point the first person in the line runs in and joins the mother)
and out goes she (the mother will run out)"

Motor Car (Clayton North Primary School, Melbourne, Australia. 1974-80)

Sent in by Denise McDonough

I had a little motor car, 
And I took it round the cooooooorner 
And I slammed on the brakes.

"Sometimes we did "But the brakes didn't work, so I ..." but I don't remember what we said then."

Motor Car (Doncaster, Melbourne, Australia. 1980's)

1 person in the rope, 2 turning. Person in rope sings:

I had a motor car, 1968, 
took it round the corner (child runs around the turner and jumps back in) 
slammed on the brakes, but the brakes didn't work and I took it down the hill, 
I took it really fast (turners speed up rope) 
and I'm going still. 

(The other children sing out:

How fast are you going?
1,2,3.... (whilst the turners keep speeding up the rope.)

Teddy Bear

Sent in by Deeppaws

2 People twirl the rope with as many people in the middle as you wish, but you may want to only have 3 at a time in the middle to start off with. As you jump repeat the rhyme and do appropriate actions suggested in the rhyme.

Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, tie your shoe
Teddy bear, teddy bear, switch a roo
Teddy bear, teddy bear, reach up high
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the sky
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn off the light
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say good night

For more fun or difficulty add a new person each time the rhyme starts again. Try doing it without stopping the skipping rope and rythm!

Teddy Bear (Variation 2)

Sent in by KittyWitty94

Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around.
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground.
Teddy bear, teddy bear say your prayers
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn off the light
Teddy bear, teddy bear, say goodnight

Teddy Bear (Cheshire variation)

Sent in by the Cook family, Cheshire

Teddy bear teddy bear turn around. (Turn around while skipping)
Teddy bear teddy bear touch the ground. (Touch the ground while skipping but be quick)
Teddy bear teddy bear do the splits. (Jump up with your legs apart while skipping)
Teddy bear teddy bear count to six.
1......2......3......4......5......6..... (count on each skip. Next person jumps after 6)

Under the Bed

Sent in by Ruth

Something's under the bed
Don't know what it is
See your neighbour passing
Call your neighbour in (someone joins you to skip)
Light up a candle
Under the bed she goes
Run "name of first skipper", Run "name of first skipper"
Here comes a ghost (first skipper leaves rope and repeat)

Vote, Vote

Sent in by Rachel Matthews

Vote, vote, vote for mrs "child's name"
In comes  "child 2" at the door (second child runs into the rope)
She's the one to have all the fun
So we don't want "child 1" and more (first child leaves rope, sometimes there's a shout of "Get her out" to finish the meter of the line)  

Start again for child 2