Tag Archives: children’s rhymes


Sana, sana, colita de rana – a Spanish children’s rhyme

Spanish: Sana sana colita de rana si no sana hoy sanara mañana Translation: Heal, heal, little tail of the frog. If you don’t heal today, you’ll heal tomorrow. Full translation AG: This is something that parents tell their children basically, when they complain about something hurting or something going wrong. It rhymes, too, which is… Continue Reading »

Eenie Meenie Miney Moe

The informant is my 9-year-old cousin, who lives in Buena Park, California. I asked her about what rhymes she knew, and she shared this one with me. Though she could not remember where she first heard it, she believes it was from other kids at school when she was younger. ——————– “Eenie Meenie Miney Moe/catch… Continue Reading »

Chinese Restaurant Clapping Game

Context Having collected a fairly common children’s game, thumb wars, I sought a game or rhyme that was more obscure. While familiar with similar games such as Paddy Cake (which the informant mentioned for reference), I had never heard of the Chinese Restaurant variant. Main Piece When I was little, on the playground we used to… Continue Reading »

“Two Dead Boys” jump rope rhyme

My mom shared the following rhyme, which she learned from her mother, with me: “One bright day in the middle of the night, two dead boys got up to fight. Back to back they faced each other, drew their swords and shot each other. A deaf policeman heard the noise, came and killed those two… Continue Reading »