Category Archives: Clapping Activity

Book from the Library: Clapping Song

Who Took the Book from the Library Shelf
By CK Emanuel
To the tune of “Who Stole the Cookies From the Cookie Jar?”

All: Who took the book from the library shelf?
Voice One: (Name of child or character) took of the book from the library shelf.
Voice Two (Accused child or character): Who, me?
All: Yes, you!
Voice Two: Couldn’t be!
All: Then who?

Return to beginning omitting first line. Continue as time/people allows. For last time run through, after “Yes, you!”

Last Voice: It’s true.
All: Good for you!

Add a clapping rhythm: Pat lap then clap hands together to the beat of the song, repeat until end of song.
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Miss Mary Mack: Clapping Rhyme

Miss Mary Mack
Text Traditional; Actions Traditional

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 fifteen cents, cents, cents
To see the elephants, elephants, elephants
Jump the fence, fence, fence.

They jumped so high, high, high
They touched the sky, sky sky,
And they didn’t come back, back, back
Till the Fourth of July, ly, ly,

Miss- Clap both hands together / Mary- Cross arms in front of chest / Mack- Clap both of partner’s hands at same time / Mack- Clap both of partner’s hands at same time / Mack- Clap both of partner’s hands at same time / Repeat actions for rest of lines
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Sailor Went to Sea: Clapping Rhyme

A Sailor Went to Sea
Text Traditional; Actions Traditional

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.

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Please Porridge Hot: Clapping Rhyme

Text Traditional; Actions Traditional

Please porridge hot, please porridge cold,
Please porridge in the pot, nine days old;

Some like it hot, some like it cold,
Some like it in the pot, nine days old.


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Mozart Played Piano: Clapping Song

Author Unknown; Adapted by CK Emanuel
To the tune of B-I-N-G-O

There was a boy by name of Mozart,
who liked to play piano.
P-I-A-N-O, P-I-A-N-O, P-I-A-N-O
Mozart played piano.

Repeat 2nd time, clap instead of saying the letter P. Keep repeating and replacing a letter with a clap until there is no more letters left in PIANO.

Source of Original Content: “Songs and Fingerplays.” Musical Instruments. Accessed 2.4.15.

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