Those colored rubber bands that you found around the street, particularly near the fruit and vegetable stores, and in the house on the floor. I don’t exactly remember the way we did that either. I grew up near China Town and definately we did some complicated leg moving through those ropes, but we also played with one strand of rubber bands and would somehow jump over a rope as high as a girls’ head.
Playmate come out and play with me and bring your dollies three climb up my apple tree, holler down my rainbarrel slide down my cellar door and we’ll be jolly friends forever more. No, no, no playmate, I cannot play with you my dollies have the flu, boo hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo ain’t got no rain barrel ain’t got no cellar door, but we’ll be jolly friends forever more. I taught this to my girl scout troop a couple of months ago and they loved it!!
Never could get double dutch either – also from Brooklyn. But jumping rope was a lot of fun. I remember the first time I was able to jump into the rope from the outside. It was some kind of timing issue. Some people looked so cool while they stood there getting ready to join in the game. Any one play chinese jump rope? If so how? Did you make chinese jump ropes out of lots of found rubber bands? Did you use double or single ropes?
At the age of 48, I am still ashamed at my inability to jump Double Dutch as a kid growing up in Brooklyn!
To Jeanne … Thanks for the verse! You jogged my memory … I think Tiny Tim also ate a bar of soap somewhere in there … and … I remembered a little more …. miss Lucy called the doctor o/ \o miss Lucy called the nurse miss Lucy called the lady o/ with the alligator purse … 😉
For Butterfly…He swam to the bottom, he swam to the top…(can’t remember the rest) But here is another line to that little ditty. Ask me no questions I’ll tell you no lies, A man got hit with a bag of ‘shhhhhhh the baby’s sleeping now’.