Picking Who is IT

Most of these ryhmes are used to pick who would be it by making fists and turning them sideways.  You would then say the rhyme and hit the other persons fist as well as yours using your chin as the substitute for the fist that you were using. Each fist would be hit once you would say the word and hit the fist at the same time. One word for each fist. At the end the person whose fist was hit last is out.  They're totally out when both fists are hit.  You can also put feet in the circle and use them instead of fists

Some of the rhymes were:

Blue Shoe Bubble Gum
Eenie Meenie Meinie Moe Icka Bicka soda cracker
Inka Binka Bottle of Ink One Potato
One Two Sky Blue Skunk in the Backyard

Following contributed by Martha Wiltsie

engine,engine,number.nine gong down chicago line if the train falls off the track
do you want your money back {you would pick yes or no and the word would be
spelled out.  no would be n-o spells no you don't get your money back or
y-e-s-spells yes and you shall have you money back}


my mother and your mother were at the store your mother punched my mother
in the nose. what color was the blood {name any color and spell it out then
say the color} was the color of the blood.


I lived in Detroit as a child, and I heard this particular jump rope rhyme ONLY on the Canadian side of the river, never in Detroit. I attempted to bring it over myself, teaching it to my American friends in Detroit. It resembles one of yours.

My mother and your mother were out hanging clothes, My mother punched your mother one right in the nose, What color was the blood? (name a color) R-E-D spells red and you are not it (repeat)

Contributed by Sara (US, Midwest) - Thank you!

two horses in one stable and one jumped out.


scout scout you're out.


Following contributed by Nicki Platt

Blue shoe, blue shoe,
How old are you?
(The person told his or her age, and the one saying the rhyme counted
ahead that many shoes, and the ending one was out.  The rhyme continued
until one person was chosen.)


One potato, two potato, three potato, four.
Five potato, six potato, seven potato, more.
(Then the person would remove the fist on the word "more" and the game
would begin again.)


Following contributed by R. Fleming


Icka bicka soda cracker

Icka bicka boo;

Icka bicka soda cracker

Out goes Y-O-U


Eenie, meenie, meinie, moe

Catch a tiger by the toe

If he hollers make him pay

Fifty dollars everyday

My mother told me to choose the very best one, and you are not IT.


Following Contributed by Brian Myers

Eenie, meenie, meinie, moe

Catch a tiger by the toe

If he hollers 

let him go

Eenie, meenie, meinie, moe


My mother told me you are not it you dirty old dishrag you.


Following contributed by Julianne Brewer

Everyone usually put one foot in and touched it to everyone else.  Then
someone would begin counting by singing the tune.

Tunes were:

You would count each foot by each syllable you said of a word.  Like after
you say bubblegum you should have tapped 3 feet.

 1   2   3   4   5   6  7  8  9  10 11  12  13 14 15  16  17
Bub-ble-gum bub-ble-gum in a dish how man-y piec-es do you wish. (Whoever
you landed on here got to pick a #)  You should have tapped about 17 feet or
gone around the circle to touch 17 feet at the end of this part)

Then you went around the circle counting each foot to the number the person said

Then after you get to the number they picked you keep going and say

"and you are not it you dir-ty dir-ty dish rag you" "Not be-cause your
dir-ty not be-cause your clean, just be-cause you kissed a boy be-hind a
mag-a zine.

Whoever you landed on when you said "zine" could either be "it" or if you
wanted to keep going that person would just be out and you would keep doing
the same tune until one person was left then they would be "it"  (Obviously
that takes longer)


"skunk in the barn-yard
 who could of done it
 not me"

You can stop here or add "my mama' or "dirty dishrag"
Everyone always varied these to there own liking anyway.



Inka Binka bottle of ink, 

the cork fell off and you stink, 

not because you're dirty, 

not because you're clean, 

just because ya kissed a (boy or girl) 

behind a magazine and You are it.

Contributed by Vicki


One, two, sky blue, all out except you.

Mickey Mouse built a house, how many nails did he use? (pick a number, say 3) 
One, two, three, and you are not it. (repeat until one is left)

Contributed by Christian LeBlanc


Have someone say...1, 2, 3 Not it!! and everyone would then say it as quickly as possible. The last person to say it was it. 

We also did the fist thing with fists in a circle turned on their sides.  One song was: 


    Mickey Mouse built a house, 

    How many bricks did he use? 

(then have that person pick a number and the person the number falls on was out of
the circle.) 

Contributed by Nancy


Ink pink, you stink.

Contributed by Wesley


Inca binca bottle of ink

cork fell out and you stink

 not because your clean

not because you forgot to

take just because you went out w-i-t-h-a-b-o-y

Contributed by Sara


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