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I Went to a Chinese Market, to Buy a Loaf of Bread Bread Bread

Hailey Benavides showed me this very fun game.

“I went to a Chinese restaurant

To buy a loaf of bread.
They asked me what my name was,
And this is what I said:
My name is E.I., E.I. Nickelye, Nickelye
Pom pom poodle, willy willy whiskers.
My name is
FREEZE

I went to a Chinese restaurant to buy a loaf of bread bread bread
The waiter asked my name and this is what I said said said:
My name is Eli Eli
Chickali Chickali
Pom Pom Beauty
Extra Cutie
I know karate
Punch you in the body Oops! I’m sorry
Tell my Mommy
Don’t wanna miss yah
Don’t wanna kiss yah
Chinese
Chapstick
Indian
Freeze!” -Hailey Benavides

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Other versions of which I looked up online include:

I went to a Chinese restaurant
To buy a loaf of bread, bread, bread,
The waiter asked me what my name was
And this is what I said, said, said,
My Name is L-I-L-I chickle-li chickle-li,
Pompom beauty, extra cutie,
My name is sit in the back seat
Had a baby in the Navy
Boys go [kiss] [kiss]
Girls go Whoopsie!

I went to a Chinese restaurant to buy a loaf of bread bread bread
They wrapped it up in a five pound note and this is what they said said said
My name is
Elvis Presley
Girlfriend Leslie
snogging in the bathroom
baby’s bathroom
woohoo!

I went to a Chinese restaurant
to buy a loaf of bread bread bread
they asked me what my name was
and this is what I said said said
I’m Choo Choo charlie
I know karate – punch in the stomach
Oops I’m sorry. I’ll call your mommy
Cheese Cheese
American Cheese
Don’t you stare those eyes at me!
(Clap your hands and say) “You Blinked!”

 

Hailey showed me this fun clapping game that for the most part every kid in the class knew. It was traced back to one girl in the class who claimed to have seen this from her babysitter. Playing this game is actually fun. When I went to do a makeup session for JEP, we played this game during their recess time.

 

The game is played between two people sitting across from each other. The left hand is facing up while the right is down. Hands are clapped vertically, then in a waving orientation hit directly in front of the opposite person. Last, you clap your own hands and repeat. The only variation of this when the words are repeated three times, the high-five clap occurs three times as well. Hailey is a second grader at Norwood Elementary.

 

It is interesting because I remember playing this clapping game when I was younger going through school. There are many variations of the game because one my classmates I was telling this to knew it as “I went to a farmer’s market” rather than chinese. Folklore is a lot like the game of telephone where one thing is told to the person next to you and by the time it comes all the way around it’s completely different. I love this clapping game and will show the kids I teach at home how to play.

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