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Hand Clapping Game "Sevens"
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Mexico 2013 Hand clapping game
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Hand Clapping Game "Slide"
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Barney: The Clapping Game
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Clapping Game
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Hand Tic Tac Toe Game
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How to play the Double double clapping game
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"Sally Was A Baby" Fun New Hand Clapping Game
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" Tic Tac Toe " Hand clapping game demonstration
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Miss Mary Mac Hand Clapping Game (with lyrics)
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Clapping game "One, two, three, break it down" - Wildgeese@Kandersteg 2012
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A sailor went to sea - Clapping Game
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Lola and Milla
Lola and Milla's Schoolyard Hand Clapping Games: I went to a Chinese resturant
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The Clapping Game
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How to do The Cup Song clapping game
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latvian clapping game
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Nigerian clapping game
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Syllable Clapping Game (Reading & Writing)
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"Sevens" Clapping Game - Rush Week, Fall 2013
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Cool Hand Games
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How to do Lemonade Crunchy Ice (Hand Clapping Game)
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" Apple on a Stick " Hand clapping game
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Clapping games are dangerous
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Preschool Kindergarten activities. Clapping Game
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I Went To A Chinese Restaurant Hand Clapping Game Done By Experts
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How to play Apple on a stick clapping game
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Aoi Haru / Blue springs clapping game
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Hand Clapping Game: Bahay Kubo
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Reese & Asha demonstrate "My Boyfriend" Funny Hand Clapping Game
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The Name Clapping Game
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Fun hand games
Fun hand games
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Miss Mary Mack / Children
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Zoo Clapping Game
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"Bim Bum" hand clapping game
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Cup & Hand Clapping Game.
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How To Play A Clapping Game Called Tic Tac Toe
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Counts of Seven hand clapping game
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Bim bum hand clapping game.~
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Mama Said Hand Clapping Game
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Illustration of a clapping game ("Pease Porridge Hot"), c.1920
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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 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 young 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 'Missy 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 c Bernstein (1994), p.7-8.

External links[edit]

  • British Library Playtimes videos and sound recordings from the British Library showing clapping games over the last century
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