Rhymes for numbers: nick, nack etc.

Nick, nack, paddy wack.

This old man, he played one,
He played  on my drum
With a knick-knack, paddy whack,
Give a dog a bone,
This old man came rolling home.

This old man, he played two,
He played knick-knack on my shoe.
(etc.)

This old man, he played three,
He played knick-knack on my knee
(etc.)

This old man, he played four,
He played knick-knack on the floor)
(etc.)

This old man, he played five,
He played knick-knack in the drive,
(etc.)

This old man, he played six,
He played knick-knack with some sticks.
(etc.)

This old man, he played seven,
He played knick-knack up in heaven.
(etc.)

This old man, he played eight,
He played knick-knack on my gate.
(etc.)
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One, two buckle my shoe

Three fiour, knock at the door,

Five  six pick up sticks,

seven eight, knock at the gate,

Nine ten, start again.

One potato

One potato. Two potato, three potato, four

Five potato, six potato, seven potato, More.

Start the song when every has put out both arms with clenched fists, thumbs upwards. The leader then sings the chant, hitting each upturned fist in turn. When the leader gets to MORE, whoever’s fist is tapped has to remove their fist from the game by tucking that arm behind them.

The winner is the person with the last upturned fist.

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Green grow the rushes Oh!

I’ll sing you one Oh!

Green grow the rushes Oh!

What is your one oh?

One is one and all alone and ever more shall be so.

Green grow the rushes Oh!

I’ll sing you two oh!

Green grow the rushes Oh!

What is your two oH?

Two, two the lily-white boys

Clothed all over in green hiho,

One is one and all alone and ever more shall be so.

Green grow the rushes oh!

I’ll sing you three, oh!

Green grow the rushes Oh!

What is your three,oh?

Green grow the rushes Oh!

Three, three, the rivals

Two, two the lily-white boys

Clothed all in green hiho,

One is one and all alone and ever more shall be so.

Green grow the rushes oh!

Three, three, the rivals

Two, two the lily-white boys

Clothed all in green hiho,

One is one and all alone and ever more shall be so.

Green grow the rushes oh!

I’ll sing you four, oh!

Green grow the rushes, oh!

What is your four, oh!

Green grow the rushes, oh!

Four for the gospel makers,

Three, three, the rivals

Two, two the lily-white boys

Clothed all in green hiho,

One is one and all alone and ever more shall be so.

Green grow the rushes oh!

I’ll sing you five, Oh!

Green grow the rushes, Oh!

What is your five, oh?

Green grow the rushes, oh!

Five for the symbols at your door and

four for the gospel makers

Three three the rivals,

two two the lily-white boys, clothed all in green hiho,

One is one and all alone and ever more shall be so.

I’ll sing you six,Oh!

Green grow the rushes, oh!

What is you six, Oh?

Green grow the rushes, oh!

six for the six brown walkers.

Five for the symbols at your door and

four for the gospel makers

Three three the rivals,

two two the lily-white boys, clothed all in green hiho,

One is one and all alone and ever more shall be so.

AND SO ON….

Twelve for the twelve apostles,

Eleven for the eleven that went to heaven,

Ten for the ten commandments,

nine for the nine bright shiners,

Eight for the April rainers,

Seven for the seven stars in the sky, and

Six for the six brown walkers.

Five for the symbols at your door and

Four for the gospel makers

Three three the rivals,

two two the lily-white boys, clothed all in green hiho,

One is one and all alone and ever more shall be so.

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The Twelve Days of Christmas

Start with the first day of Christmas and then extend it up to twelve based on

On the first day of Christmas, my true sent to me

A partridge in a pear tree,

On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me

Two turtle doves and

A partridge in a pear tree.

On third day of Christmas my true love sent to me

Three french Hens

Two turtle Doves, and

A partridge in a pear tree.

Etc., upto twelve.

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me
Twelve lords leaping
Eleven ladies dancing
Ten pipers piping
Nine drummers drumming
Eight maids a-milking
Seven swans a-swimming
Six geese a-laying
Five gold rings
Four calling birds
Three French hens
Two turtle doves and
A partridge in a pear tree.

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Ten Green Bottles

There were ten green bottles hanging on the wall

ten green bottles hanging on the wall

and if one green bottle should accidentally fall

There’d be nine green bottls hanging on the wall.

There were nine green bottles hanging on the wall

Nine green bottles hanging on the wall,

And if one green bottle should accidentally fall

There’ be eight green bottles hanging on the wall

There were eight green bottles hanging on the wall

Eight …….. etc.

Then seven then six, then five, then four, then three, then two, then one

Finally

There’d be no green bottles hanging on the wall.

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One, two three, four, five

One, two three, four, five

Once I caught a fish alive,

Six, seven, eight, nine, ten,

Then I let him go again.

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