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Rhymes to jump by
as recalled by

Double dutch jumprope
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Photo by Katrina Thomas
Two ropes are used in "double dutch."
Strawberry shortcake, cream on top
Tell me the name of your sweetheart:
A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, etc.

Do until the jumper misses. The letter shouted when she lands is the first letter of her sweetheart's name.

Call the Army, call the Navy
So-so's gonna have a baby.
Wrap it up in tissue paper,
send it down the elevator,

(Rope turned double time)
Boy, girl, twins, triplets, boys, girls, twins, triplets, etc.
Whichever the jumper misses on is the number of babies she's going to have.

Red hot pepper in the pot,
Who's got more than the leader's got?
(jump double time) 10, 20, 30, 40, etc.

Go as high as you can go without missing. Jumper with highest score wins.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, show your shoe,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, please skiddooo!

The jumper actually does these moves while jumping: turning around, touching the ground, showing her shoe, and jumping out on the word "skidoo." Here's a second version: "please skidoo" is replaced by "that will do." Then it continues:
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, climb the stairs,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say your prayers
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn out the light,
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say good night!

I'm a little Dutch girl dressed in blue,
Here are the things I like to do.
Salute the Captain,
Curtsy to the queen,
Turn my back on a big submarine!

You could jump out at this point, but really good jumpers and/or hams would continue with this:
I can do a tap dance
I can do a split
I can do the polka just like this!

So-so and so-so sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G
First comes love, then comes marriage,
Then comes so-so with a baby carriage.

All in together girls,
how do you like the weather girls,
Tell us your birthday, please jump in:
January, February, March, April, May, etc.

Jumpers come in on their birthday month. Then:
All out together girls,
how do you like the weather girls,
When is your birthday, please jump out, etc.

Fire, Fire, false alarm,
so-so fell into so-so's arms,
Is he gonna be the one?
(double time): Yes, no, maybe so, yes, no, maybe so, etc.

I like coffee, I like tea
I like so-so to jump with me!

Person jumps in, then it repeats and they invite a third person, etc.

This is a warm-up rhyme:
Blue bells, cockle shells, easy, ivy, over
As it was recited, the rope was swung back and forth gently under your jumping feet, but not turned over. On the last word, "over," the rope was begun to turn fully, accompanied by the jumprope rhyme of choice.

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