Question-Answer Jumping


These rhymes can be used by individual jumpers and by children jumping in groups.

Each rhyme asks a question that's followed by a series of possible answers. The answer is determined by the word on which the jumper trips. If the punching in this rhyme bothers you, say, "My ma stepped on your ma's toes" instead.

    My ma and your ma were hanging out clothes.
    My ma gave your ma a punch in the nose.
    Did it hurt her?
    Yes, no, maybe so, yes, no, maybe so?

For the next rhyme, the jumper names something that starts with the letter on which he trips.

    ABCs and vegetable goop.
    What will I find in the alphabet soup?
    A, B, C, D, E, F, G?

In this last rhyme, the letter on which the jumper trips predicts the name of the jumper's future sweetheart.

    Strawberry shortcake, cream on top.
    Tell me the name of my sweetheart.
    A, B, C, D, E, F, G?


Copyright © 2001 by Patricia Kuffner. Excerpted from The Children's Busy Book with permission of its publisher, Meadowbrook Press.

To order this book visit Meadowbrook Press.


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