Clapping

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.


A Sailor Went to Sea

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“A Sailor Went to Sea” is a children’s nursery rhyme, clapping game and jump-rope rhyme. It was initially called “My Father Went to Sea”, before becoming more widely known as “A Sailor Went to Sea”.

Down Down Baby

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“Down Down Baby” is a clapping game played by children in English-speaking countries. In the game, two or more children stand in a circle, and clap hands in tune to a rhyming song. As with most hand-clapping games, there are many variations.

Miss Mary Mack

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“Miss Mary Mack” (“Mary Mack”) is a clapping game played by children in English-speaking countries. It is known in various parts of the United States, Australia, Canada, and in New Zealand and has been called “the most common hand-clapping game in the English-speaking world”.