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Learn FUN hand clapping game "Down Down Baby"
Learn FUN hand clapping game "Down Down Baby"
Published: 2013/11/09
Channel: KSquared
1, 2, 3, Break it Down Clapping Game
1, 2, 3, Break it Down Clapping Game
Published: 2015/03/10
Channel: Carol C Cox
Hand Clapping Game "Slide"
Hand Clapping Game "Slide"
Published: 2009/06/11
Channel: Splash Games
Sisterly Rivalry: How to do HAND CLAP GAMES by Starly & Cherub (aged 10 & 7)
Sisterly Rivalry: How to do HAND CLAP GAMES by Starly & Cherub (aged 10 & 7)
Published: 2015/01/02
Channel: LuckyFortune8Family
Hand Clapping Game "Bim Bum"
Hand Clapping Game "Bim Bum"
Published: 2009/06/13
Channel: Splash Games
Clapping Game
Clapping Game
Published: 2013/12/17
Channel: Joel Copeland
Boom Snap Clap - Hand Shake Clapping Game
Boom Snap Clap - Hand Shake Clapping Game
Published: 2016/06/05
Channel: thesecretisgratitude
Hand Clapping Game "Sevens"
Hand Clapping Game "Sevens"
Published: 2009/06/17
Channel: Splash Games
Dr. Pepper Hand Clapping Game
Dr. Pepper Hand Clapping Game
Published: 2010/01/19
Channel: Joseph LaMountain
McDonald
McDonald's Hand Clap Game
Published: 2015/11/01
Channel: Vinnie Kandis
Mama Said Hand Clapping Game
Mama Said Hand Clapping Game
Published: 2014/05/19
Channel: LifeOfaNanny
Elizabeth and Kara
Elizabeth and Kara's Hand Clapping Games
Published: 2012/04/09
Channel: Lis&Liz
Ameryn & Amberle
Ameryn & Amberle's Fun Clapping Game
Published: 2014/01/27
Channel: Alice Woo
A Sailor Went to Sea Sea Sea Hand Clapping Game
A Sailor Went to Sea Sea Sea Hand Clapping Game
Published: 2015/09/11
Channel: Kathy Gossen
"Sally Was A Baby" Fun New Hand Clapping Game
"Sally Was A Baby" Fun New Hand Clapping Game
Published: 2013/05/07
Channel: !!-Three-Crazy-Kids-!!
Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky - Clap Game
Down by the Banks of the Hanky Panky - Clap Game
Published: 2012/10/11
Channel: Jenny Rice
THE CONJURING - Clap Scene
THE CONJURING - Clap Scene
Published: 2014/04/06
Channel: Ing Diego
Sally Was A Baby Hand Clapping Game
Sally Was A Baby Hand Clapping Game
Published: 2015/09/27
Channel: The Morgan And Mommy Show
"Sevens" Clapping Game - Rush Week, Fall 2013
"Sevens" Clapping Game - Rush Week, Fall 2013
Published: 2013/10/16
Channel: KKPsiBetaPsi
ABC (123) Clap Song
ABC (123) Clap Song
Published: 2015/06/23
Channel: LuckyGamers7
Miss Mary Mack hand clap
Miss Mary Mack hand clap
Published: 2013/05/11
Channel: Tom Cecil
Lola and Milla
Lola and Milla's Schoolyard Hand Clapping Games: Tic Tac Toe (Basic)
Published: 2012/01/01
Channel: Mark Harrop
Bim Bum ~ A Clapping Game Song
Bim Bum ~ A Clapping Game Song
Published: 2017/09/26
Channel: Visual Musical Minds
" Apple on a Stick " Hand clapping game
" Apple on a Stick " Hand clapping game
Published: 2012/11/03
Channel: !!-Three-Crazy-Kids-!!
Tic-Tac-Toe Hand Clapping Game
Tic-Tac-Toe Hand Clapping Game
Published: 2017/08/25
Channel: Families
Fun Hand Clapping Game: Count to 10 in Spanish
Fun Hand Clapping Game: Count to 10 in Spanish
Published: 2017/08/07
Channel: Adam Taub
Hand Tic Tac Toe Game
Hand Tic Tac Toe Game
Published: 2009/06/11
Channel: Splash Games
Say Say Oh Playmate Hand Clapping Game
Say Say Oh Playmate Hand Clapping Game
Published: 2015/09/16
Channel: Kathy Gossen
Miss Mary Mack Hand Clapping Game
Miss Mary Mack Hand Clapping Game
Published: 2016/08/27
Channel: Kristy Thomas
New Hand Clap Game, Commando Style Shopping, & An Inelegant Hair Fight
New Hand Clap Game, Commando Style Shopping, & An Inelegant Hair Fight
Published: 2015/07/13
Channel: LuckyFortune8Family
Fun hand games
Fun hand games
Published: 2011/12/25
Channel: fatcat123455
Concentration Handclap Game
Concentration Handclap Game
Published: 2016/01/13
Channel: Waldorf Training Lectures
Miss Mary Mack ~Partner Clapping Game Song~
Miss Mary Mack ~Partner Clapping Game Song~
Published: 2017/09/11
Channel: Visual Musical Minds
Three African Clapping Games from Liberia - Africa Heartwood Project
Three African Clapping Games from Liberia - Africa Heartwood Project
Published: 2011/08/10
Channel: Africa Heartwood Project
A Sailor Went To Sea Clapping Game
A Sailor Went To Sea Clapping Game
Published: 2017/08/25
Channel: Families
Hand-Clapping Game "Pancho Villa;" Merida, Mexico
Hand-Clapping Game "Pancho Villa;" Merida, Mexico
Published: 2014/04/30
Channel: Becky Morales
KLEENEX Clapping Game
KLEENEX Clapping Game
Published: 2016/04/21
Channel: joe calabrese
Lola and Milla
Lola and Milla's Schoolyard Hand Clapping Games: I went to a Chinese resturant
Published: 2012/05/07
Channel: Mark Harrop
Milla
Milla's basic hand clapping game - tic tac toe
Published: 2016/08/11
Channel: MsSarahmorgan
Avocado hand clapping game
Avocado hand clapping game
Published: 2017/04/29
Channel: Hand Clappers
Clapping game Double double ice cream - Детская песенка на английском языке про мороженое
Clapping game Double double ice cream - Детская песенка на английском языке про мороженое
Published: 2015/07/29
Channel: lingvakids
Miss sue, double double! Hand clapping games.
Miss sue, double double! Hand clapping games.
Published: 2015/03/29
Channel: Kayla bug
How to play the Double double clapping game
How to play the Double double clapping game
Published: 2013/05/24
Channel: Kidspot
Summer and mummy clapping game
Summer and mummy clapping game
Published: 2017/04/13
Channel: Louise Wells
SHAME HAND GAMES - HAND CLAPPING GAMES | Ti&Naish
SHAME HAND GAMES - HAND CLAPPING GAMES | Ti&Naish
Published: 2015/04/02
Channel: Ti&Naish
Hand Clapping Games for Kids - Concentration 64
Hand Clapping Games for Kids - Concentration 64
Published: 2016/07/06
Channel: The Inspired Treehouse
Hand Clapping Game / India 2015
Hand Clapping Game / India 2015
Published: 2017/03/28
Channel: Sandra Rodrigues
Pinocchio and Shawna playing a hand clapping game at Disneyland on 9-11-11
Pinocchio and Shawna playing a hand clapping game at Disneyland on 9-11-11
Published: 2011/09/15
Channel: Clyde G
Tic tac toe clapping game.  Skye and Eilidh age 7 & 6.
Tic tac toe clapping game. Skye and Eilidh age 7 & 6.
Published: 2013/07/21
Channel: David Martin
Darline v. Jenny Hand-clapping Game
Darline v. Jenny Hand-clapping Game
Published: 2008/02/19
Channel: yoshi0stars
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Illustration of a clapping game ("Pease Porridge Hot"), c.1920
Children in Virginia playing hand games at school.
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A common style of playing "Pat-a-Cake".

A clapping game (or hand game) is a type of usually cooperative (i.e., non-competitive) game which is generally played by two players and involves clapping as a rhythmic accompaniment to a singing game or reciting of a rhyme, often nursery rhymes. Clapping games are found throughout the world and similar games may be known throughout large areas with regional variation.

Nature of the games[edit]

Due to the communication skills and coordination required, simple clapping games are age appropriate for children age 24 months and above.[1] In many cultures clapping games are played by both sexes and all ages, but in many European and European-influenced cultures, they are largely the preserve of girls.[2]

Claps commonly included in patterns are clapping one's own hands, clapping both hands of a partner, and clapping one hand of a partner, generally across such as the right hand of each player. The clapping may include other activities such as thigh slapping, or a final move such as touching the ground and freezing.[3] Sara Bernstein describes seventy-nine "basic hand-claps".[4]

Clapping patterns may be used with only specific rhymes, generically with most rhymes, or improvised. Children in different areas may be more or less strict about which claps accompany which rhymes but generally different clapping patterns may be used to accompany different rhymes. The rhymes are generally very similar to a jump-rope rhymes. Some games are played without a rhyme, such as 'Slide', and not all require the players to clap each other's hands, such as 'Sevens.'

Clapping games are a part of oral tradition. As such there are a variety of distinct clapping games or families of games. A game may be performed or played in various versions found in different areas and times and often according to ethnicity. For example, 'Hello, Operator' may be called 'Miss Susie' or 'Miss Lucy' and may contain, omit, or vary verses or specific lines. Clapping patterns and actions may also vary. There is no canonical version of any game though children often fight over whose version is "right" or "real".

Examples[edit]

The clapping game "roller coaster" is accompanied by "dancing" the "hot dog". Other clapping games include:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ L. Acredolo and S. Goodwyn, Baby Minds: Brain-Building Games Your Baby Will Love (Acredolo 2000), p. 52. ISBN 9780553380309.
  2. ^ P. Blatchford and S. Sharp, Breaktime and the School: Understanding and Changing Playground Behaviour (London: Routledge, 1994), p. 40.
  3. ^ K. D. Gaunt, The Games Black Girls Play: Learning the Ropes from Double-Dutch to Hip-Hop (New York, NU., New York University Press, 2006), p.6. ISBN 9780814731208.
  4. ^ Bernstein, Sara (1994). Hand Clap!, p.13-39. ISBN 1-55850-426-5.
  5. ^ a b Gryski, Camilla (1998). Let's Play: Traditional Games of Childhood, p.30-1. Kids Can. ISBN 1550744976.
  6. ^ a b c Bernstein (1994), p.7-8.

External links[edit]

  • [1] videos and sound recordings from the British Library showing clapping games over the last century

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