Monday, 29 January 2018

Counting out rhymes

Dip, dip, dip,
My blue ship,
Sailing on the water
Like a cup and saucer.
Dip, dip, dip,
You are IT!

(An alternative last line is - 
You are not IT! - this depends on the counter and the person he wants in or out.)

'Eeny, meeny, miny moe' was another counting out rhyme but I will stop there as the version I did in the playground would be frowned upon today. There are more up to date versions recited.

One potato, two potato, three potato, four,
Five potato, six potato, seven potato, more.

(Everyone held out their fists to be counted in this rhyme. The fist where the counter landed on the word 'more' was then put behind the child's back and the rhyme started again and repeated until the last fist was left. That person was 'on'.)

I can't remember any more so I'll make one up a couple of my own to be chanted rhythmically.

Four, three, two,
One's enough.
If I land on you - 
Clear off!

I'm looking for the one 
Who starts the game.
I might land on you or 
What's his name.
If I pass by you
Then in you stay.
If I stop on you

Didn't mean it.    :)

Whistle's gone, playtime over.



  1. Our favourite quick one was
    Ip, dip, Sky blue,
    Who is it?
    Not you!

    Or the x rated one the boys did in top juniors
    Ip dip dog sh*t,
    Out goes smelly
    !!! Boys eh?!

  2. We always used to do 'spuds' to choose it or on or even out depending on the game. Lovely memories.
    J x

  3. I remember those counting rhymes, they seem to stick in your mind.
    Julie xxxxx

  4. It seemed like we always used "One potato, two potato" when we played.

    We changed a line in the one that you say would be frowned on now to "Catch a tiger by the toe".

    God bless.

  5. Ahhhhhh.... 'Eeny, meeny, miny moe' I do remember. Here in the States.


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