I remember lots of clapping rhymes, like “Down down baby” or whatever, but I’m trying to show my little girl how to do it, and I think I’m missing one of the motions. I think I need four, and am only remembering 3. So for example if I wanted to do “Miss Susie” I’d start like this:
Right hand up, left hand down
Clap own hands
And what about “Down on the banks of the hanky-panky”? I know there was some complex thing. Websites describe the rhymes, but not the motions.
Anyway, most of the kids my daughter’s age don’t know these any more, but they love 'em when you show them how to do it, so please help me out here! (Now, do they still make Chinese jacks?..)
Everyone sits in a circle with the palms of their hands facing up. Each person places their right hand in the palm of their right side neighbor’s left hand. The person who starts brings their right hand up and over in an arc to clap their left side neighbors right hand (which should still be resting in the starters left palm). After your right hand is slapped, it is your turn to slap your neighbor’s right hand. People are eliminated if they allow their neighbor to catch their right hand when the rhyme gets down to “POP!” This is the only time that you face elimination. The game continues until there is only one person left who has not been “popped.”