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What playground songs did you used to sing?

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Slubberdegullion Wed 07-Oct-09 15:41:09

My mind has gone blank. What did we used to sing in the playground? I'm pretty sure I sang something.

I'm doing a 100 yesr of memories thing/badge with Rainbows (to tie in with the centenary obv) and one of the activities is teaching them playground songs of yore.

So I have all the old ones (oranges and lemons, london bridge etc) which I NEVER sang and would like to teach them something from my era 1970-80s.

Anything with actions would be superb.


Seeline Wed 07-Oct-09 15:43:45

We used to do clapping and skipping songs - now racking my brain to try and remember some.

nettie Wed 07-Oct-09 15:46:44

Something to do with bluebells, where you went in and out of peoples arms as they made a circle.

Also remember a clapping game, which had something to do with losing your knickers in your boyfriends car blush

I'm sure somebody else has a better memory than me and can fill in the gaps!

Chickenshavenolips Wed 07-Oct-09 15:50:36

In and out the dusty bluebells
In and out the dusty bluebells
In and out the dusty bluebells
Who shall be my partner?
Tippity tappety on your shoulder
Tippity tappity on your shoulder
Tippity tappety on your shoulder
You shall be my partner

You stand in a ring, holding hands. Who ever is 'it' weaves inbetween the other players while the above rhyme is sung, tapping the nearest person on the shoulder when you get to that bit. The chosen person then sort of conga's behind the 'it' person while the whole thing repeats.

Slubberdegullion Wed 07-Oct-09 15:50:40

Ah we do the bluebells one already (substituting bluebells for Rainbows) as part of their promise ceremony.

Am NOT going to do knickers/car song with 5 and 6 year olds shock. This is Girl Guiding nettie <salutes> there are standards you know. Olave is spinning in her grave at the very thought.

BustleInYourHedgerow Wed 07-Oct-09 15:51:37

Claping games mostly...that Chinese Restaurant one....


<brain freeze>

CakeBuddy Wed 07-Oct-09 15:51:39

And a skipping song that was something about bumper car bumper car number 48 ....?

Chickenshavenolips Wed 07-Oct-09 15:53:58

Oh, and one of our favourite clapping games went along with:

Teacher! Teacher!
I declare!
I can see your underwear!
Is it black or is it white?
Oh my God it's dynamite!


I went to a chinese restaurant
To buy a loaf of bread, bread, bread
He wrapped it up in a 5 pound note
And this is what he said, said, said

My name is Elvis Presley
The girls are sexy
Sitting in the backseat drinking Pepsi
The girls go <blow two kisses>
The boys go 'Woooooo!'
And that is the end of that, that, that

God, kids are random....

nettie Wed 07-Oct-09 15:54:24

Well I sang it when I was little and it didn't do me any harm. I've never lost my knickers in my boyfriends car or anyone else's, so there wink

Slubberdegullion Wed 07-Oct-09 15:55:48


we are all distincly crap at this.

Something about England Ireland Scotland Wales and doing funny splaying leg movements.

Maybe I have blanked all this out for a reason.

Slubberdegullion Wed 07-Oct-09 15:56:17

apart from Chicken. chicken is doing very well.

Slubberdegullion Wed 07-Oct-09 15:57:25

no I take it back. Chicken I cannot do references to pants or sexy. I will be SHUNNED in the village.

Slubberdegullion Wed 07-Oct-09 15:57:48

I bet you have nettie.

Chickenshavenolips Wed 07-Oct-09 15:59:22

<racks brains for a non-pants/sexy/exploding teacher reference playground song>

Chickenshavenolips Wed 07-Oct-09 16:00:49

Ip, dip, sky blue
Who's it? Not you!
Not because you're dirty
Not because you're clean
My mum said you're the fairy queen
So out you must go because I said so!

kidcreoleandthecoconuts Wed 07-Oct-09 16:01:09

Ooo Chicken we sang that song but it had different words and you sang it as you clapped hands with someone opposite you.

We went to a Chinese Chipshop,
To but a loaf of bread, bread, bread.
He wrapped it up in a 5 pound note,
and this is what he said, said, said.

My name is Hokey Pokey,
Sugar and a smokey,
bow to the king,
curtsey to the queen.
Girls go <kiss, kiss>
boys go wow!!


kidcreoleandthecoconuts Wed 07-Oct-09 16:02:40

Or my version Chicken...

Ip dip dog shit,
You are not it!

Chickenshavenolips Wed 07-Oct-09 16:03:23


The farmer wants a wife!
The farmer wants a wife!
E I Andy O (I might be making this bit up)
The farmer wants a wife!

However, I cannot remember the actions...

Tortington Wed 07-Oct-09 16:03:38

i'm popeye the sailor man
I live in a caravan
and when i go swimmin'
i kiss all the women
i;m popeye the sailor man

sexy <cue quick lift up of skirt>

wholly inappropriate for a 6 yr old i think now.

Slubberdegullion Wed 07-Oct-09 16:03:59

Oh I remember ip dip sky blue. excellent.

kidcreole, oh that is much cleaner and with a reference to the Queen as well [bonus guiding points]. Thank you grin

Chickenshavenolips Wed 07-Oct-09 16:04:34

I also remember the dog shit version, kidcreole grin The thing with playground songs is that they tend to be a bit rude....

GibbonWithAnAppleBobbingBibOn Wed 07-Oct-09 16:06:25

Oranges and Lemons

I would still play that now tbh [nostalgic]

GibbonWithAnAppleBobbingBibOn Wed 07-Oct-09 16:06:57

oh yes custy! forgot that one grin

Slubberdegullion Wed 07-Oct-09 16:06:59

LOl ip dip dog shit - VETO

Oooh they're all coming back now. I remember that popeye one too custy. What WAS it with all the pants references and flashing? Was this an 80s thing?

GibbonWithAnAppleBobbingBibOn Wed 07-Oct-09 16:08:38

our ip dip one was v rude blush

glad the nuns did not hear it

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