Clapping games

Playing clapping games with your child can help them in a variety of ways. Besides being fun, they also help build rhythm skills, hand-eye coordination, and even social skills.


These are some of my favorites, but there are many great games out there. They are great for preschool aged children, but older kids can also enjoy them.


  1. Double Double

Double, double, this, this,

Double, double, that, that,

Double this, double that,

Double, double, this, that.


This is a great partner game. While chanting these words, you tap your partners hands with different parts of your hands. The goal is to go as fast as possible without messing up.


Double = side of your fist

This = front of your open hand (like a clap)

That = back of your open hand


2. Stella Ella Olla


Stella Ella Olla

Clap, clap, clap

Singing yes, chicko, chicko

Chicko, chicko, cracker jack

Singing yes, chicko chicko

Baloney, Baloney, with cheese and macaroni

Singing 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


This can be a played as a pair, or a large group with only minor changes. When playing as a pair, clap both hands of the other person in an up and down motion as you sing the song. When you sing 5, at the end, the person who's hands are 'underneath' tries to move them away before they get clapped.


If you want more clapping games or like to have videos to follow, Faithful Teaching has 21 games each with linked videos that you can find here.




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