Library Fun at Home - Hand Clapping Games

Many parents remember the fun of hand clapping games played at home or on long car rides. They're easy to play anywhere - the only equipment needed is your hands, one more person and a song. Many of these games were created by children on a playground. A child's first hand game of "Clap Hands" or "Patty Cake" teaches coordination and early literacy skills.

A Sailor Went to Sea is a good warm up game, with a simple rhyme and clapping rhythm as follows. It's fun to start of slowly and then see how fast you can go, still keeping the rhythm. 

Facing your partner and clapping to the words-

Start by clapping your own hands together. Then alternate that between clapping your partner's right hand, then your partners left hand , then both hands 3 times for sea or see - clapping your own hands together between each.

A sailor went to sea sea sea

To see what he could see see see

But all that he could see see see

Was the bottom of the deep blue sea sea sea


Click here for more classic hand games with video instructions to play while on vacation, or at home as the days cool down.

Here are some of books on games that are currently available now at the library.

If you're happy and you know it! ~ Cabrera

Miss Mary Mack : a hand-clapping rhyme ~ Hoberman

The Usborne nursery Rhyme Songbook ~ Hooper

Children's Traditional Games : Games from 137 Countries and Cultures ~ Sierra

This Little Piggy Lap Songs, Finger Plays, Clapping Games, and Pantomime Rhymes ~ Yolen


Visit our website to search the catalog for these books and more to place an order for curbside pick-up.


Look for these books and more on Overdrive and hoopla.


Miss Mary Mack ~ Bell

A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea ~ Bell

Classic Playground Games ~ Brewer

Children's Rhymes, Children's Games, Children's Songs, Children's Stories ~ Ford

100 Playground Games For Children ~ Quick 

Look for more news on upcoming programs from the library on Monday! 

Be safe and healthy! 

Vicki DiSanto-Children's Librarian


Beth Levine- Library Assistant

Somers Library

Funding for programs provided by Friends of the Somers Library


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