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Clapping Games for Kids

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If you're a parent and/or educator of young children, playing clapping games is not only fun, it's also a great bonding activity; not to mention it costs nothing. These games also help teach phrasing and rhythm. Here are several clapping games kids and kids at heart will enjoy playing.

Double, Double

Double double ice ice,
Double double cream cream.
Double ice, double cream,
Double double ice cream.

"Double, Double" is played by two people. For the first line form fists and tap it twice against the fists of your playmate (double, double). Then open fists, palms facing forward, high five your playmate twice with both hands (ice, ice). For the third line form fists again and tap it twice against the fists of your playmate (double, double). Then open fists, palms facing you, high five your playmate twice with the back of both hands (cream, cream). For the lines "double ice, double cream," the actions are the same except you do it only once. Then for the last line repeat action for "double, double" then open fists, palms facing forward, and high five your playmate once then turn your hands so that palms are facing you and high five your playmate with the back of your hand once.

Lemonade

Lemonade, crunchy ice
Beat it once, beat it twice.
Lemonade, crunchy ice
Beat it once, beat it twice.
Turn around, touch the ground, FREEZE.

"Lemonade" is a typical clapping game that several kids can play together. You need to clap three times after these words - lemonade, crunchy ice, beat it once, beat it twice. After that the lines are repeated except you don't need to clap three times at the end. It will end by turning around, touching the ground and then freezing. The first one to move is out.

Say, Say, Oh Playmate

Say, say, oh playmate,
Come out and play with me.
Bring out your dollies three.
Climb up my apple tree.
Slide down my rainbow
Into my cellar door.
And we'll be jolly friends
Forevermore, one two three four!

Another typical clapping game played by two people. You start off with the action for most clapping games then clap your right hand with your partner's right hand, next clap your hands, then clap your left hand with your partner's left hand and then clap your hands twice. Repeat.

For more clapping games, check out this page.

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