Plainsies Clapsies

Lyrics

(Folk song)

Plainsies, clapsies,
Twirl around to backsies,
Right hand, left hand,

Toss it high, toss it low,
Touch your knee, touch your toe,
Touch your heelĀ and under you go!

Movement

Version 1

Formation: Each student has an object such as a ball, bean bag, or scarf. If using a bouncy ball, the ball can be bounced against the floor or wall. (Teaching suggestion: As you teach the game motions with your object, ask students to pantomime without holding objects yet.)

  • Ms. 1. = Toss object up and catch
  • Ms. 2 = Toss object up and clap (while it’s in the air), catch
  • Ms. 3 = Toss object up, do rolling motion with both arms (hands in fists), catch
  • Ms. 4 = Toss object up, touch shoulders, catch
  • Ms. 5 = Toss up with right hand
  • Ms. 6 = Toss up with left hand
  • Ms. 7 = Toss high
  • Ms. 8 = Toss low
  • Ms. 9 = Toss object up, touch knee, catch
  • Ms. 10 = Toss object up, left leg and touch toe, catch
  • Ms. 11 = Toss object up, lift foot and touch heel, catch
  • Ms. 12 = Lift one leg, reach under leg while tossing object up

Variation 1

  • Ms. 1-11 = Same as above
  • Ms. 12 = Toss object, twirl around and catch

Variation 2

  • Ms. 1-10 = Same as above
  • Ms. 11 = Sing “clap your hands” while tossing object and clapping twice.
  • Ms. 12 = Sing “through it goes” while making a circle with arms (fingers touching) as the object comes down in the middle of the arm circle.

Version 2

Formation: Students stand in a circle facing a partner.

  • Ms. 1 = High five partner twice
  • Ms. 2 = Clap own hands twice
  • Ms. 3 – 4 = Turn around with arms at side, clap partner’s hands behind you
  • Ms. 5 = Facing partner again, high five right hands
  • Ms. 6 = High five left hands
  • Ms. 7 = High five both hands with arms up high
  • Ms. 8 = High five both hands with arms down low
  • Ms. 9 = Touch own knees
  • Ms. 10 = Touch own toes
  • Ms. 11 = Sing “clap your hands” while clapping twice
  • Ms. 12 = Sing “away you go” while each person steps forward and finds a new partner

Version 3

  • Ms. 1 = Hug self and twist body left, then right
  • Ms. 2 = Clap twice
  • Ms. 3 = Turn around in place
  • Ms. 4 = Touch back twice
  • Ms. 5 = Reach right hand up
  • Ms. 6 = Reach left hand up
  • Ms. 7 = Sing “Reach up high” with both hands up
  • Ms. 8 = Sing “Reach down low” with both hands low
  • Ms. 9 = Touch knees
  • Ms. 10 = Touch toes
  • Ms. 11 = Lean over and touch heel
  • Ms. 12 =
    • Option 1 – (If space allows) Do forward roll
    • Option 2 – While head is down, look through legs and wave at someone

See also

YouTube

  • Song with chords and Solfege (PDF)
  • MIDI file
  • Listen to the song

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