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20 Old School Hand Games That’ll Leave You Feeling All Sorts of Nostalgic

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'90s Hand Games: Boys Are Cheats & Liars

If you were around during the ’90s, then you’d know that hand games used to absolutely rule. Whether they were played outside during recess or on a long bus ride during a field trip, it was the #1 way to pass the time. To remind you of the good ol’ days, here are 20 old school hand games that’ll leave you feeling all sorts of nostalgic (not including “Hot Hands” or “Eenie Meenie Miney Mo” because, let’s face it, even your parents know those).

NOTE: The lyrics to the songs are regional, and vary from place to place. The following words are how we learned ’em, but the videos display other versions you may know.

1. “Stella Ella Ola”
Quack a dilly oso, quack quack quack
Señorita, your mother smells like pizza
Dolor dolor, I’ll kick you out the door, dolor
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9… 10!

2. “Eenie Meenie Sicileeny”
Eenie meenie sicileeny
Oo op bop bellini
Atchi katchi Liberace, I hate you

Take a peach take a plum
Take a stick of bubblegum
No peach, no plum, just a stick of bubblegum

Saw you with your boyfriend last night
How do you know?
Peeped through the peephole, nosy
Ate a box of candy, greedy
Didn’t do the dishes, lazy
Didn’t take a shower, dirty
Didn’t flush the toilet, nasty
Fell down the stairs, clumsy
Jumped out the window, now I know you’re crazy!

Eenie meenie sicileeny
Oo op bop bellini
Atchi katchi Liberace, I hate you

Went outside to pick a rose
On accident, I picked my nose
Went outside to watch the car
On accident, I washed my bra

Eenie meenie sicileeny
Oo op bop bellini
Atchi katchi Liberace, I hate you

3. “Patty Cake”
Patty cake, patty cake, baker’s man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can
Roll it and pat and mark it with a B
And put it in the oven for baby and me

4. “Miss Susie Had a Baby”
Miss Susie had a steamboat
The steamboat had a bell
Miss Susie went to heaven
The steamboat went to…

Hello operator
Give me number nine
And if you disconnect me
I’ll kick you from…

Behind the ‘frigerator
There was a piece of glass
Miss Susie fell upon it
And hurt her big fat…

Ask me no more questions
Tell me no more lies
The boys are in the bathroom
Zipping up their…

Flies are in the meadow
The bees are in the park
Miss Susie and her boyfriend
Are kissing in the…

D-A-R-K D-A-R-K dark dark dark

5. “Miss Mary Mack”
Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack
All dressed in black, black, black
With silver buttons, buttons, buttons
All down her back, back, back
She asked her mother, mother, mother
For fifty cents, cents, cents
To see the elephants, elephants, elephants
Jump over the fence, fence, fence
They jumped so high, high, high
They touched the sky, sky, sky
And didn’t come back, back, back
Till the fourth of July, July, July

6. “Down Down Baby”
Down, down baby, down by the roller coaster
Sweet, sweet baby, I’ll never let you go

Shimmy shimmy cocoa pop, shimmy shimmy pow!
Shimmy shimmy cocoa pop, shimmy shimmy pow!

Grandma, Grandma sick in bed
She called the doctor and the doctor said

Let’s get the rhythm of the head, ding-dong
Let’s get the rhythm of the head, ding-dong.
Let’s get the rhythm of the hands *clap clap*
Let’s get the rhythm of the hands *clap clap*
Let’s get the rhythm of the feet *stomp stomp*
Let’s get the rhythm of the feet *stomp stomp*
Let’s get the rhythm of the hot dog
Let’s get the rhythm of the hot dog
Put it all together and what do you get?
Ding-dong *clap clap* *stomp stomp* hot dog
Put it all backwards and what do you get?
Hot dog *stomp stomp* *clap clap* ding-dong!

7. “Rockin’ Robin”
Swing, swing, swing on a summer day
Hey, hey!

He rocks in the tree-top all a day long
Hoppin’ and a-boppin’ and a-singin’ that song
All the little birds on J-Bird St.
Love to hear the robin goin’ tweet tweet tweet
Rockin’ robin (tweet tweet tweet)
Rockin’ robin (tweet tweet tweet)
Oh rockin’ robin, well you really gonna rock tonight
Tweet tweet, tweetaleet

8. “Chinese Bakery”
I went to a Chinese bakery
To buy a loaf of bread, bread, bread
She asked me what my name was
And this is what I said, said, said

My… name… is…
Ching Chong Charlie
I know karate
Punch you in the body
Oops, I’m sorry
Chinese, Japanese, Indian Chief

OR

Chinese, Japanese, dirty knees
Look at these
Criss cross, applesauce, do me a favor and get lost!

OR

I went to a Chinese bakery
To buy a loaf of bread, bread, bread
She asked me what my name was
And this is what I said, said, said

My… name… is…
L I L I, chickalai chickalai
Pom pom doody
Seven times a’whiskey

9. “Welcome to McDonald’s”
Welcome to McDonald’s
Can I take your order?
Big Mac, french fries
How about a soda?

10. “Concentration 64”
Concentration *clap clap clap*
64 *clap clap clap*
No repeats *clap clap clap*
Or hesitation *clap clap clap*
Starting with *clap clap clap*
Naming [INSERT NAME OF SUBJECT HERE]

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