Clickety Clack


 For very young children or for one child with an adult. Formation: No particular formation is needed.

Song Text:


Clickety clickety clack Clickety clickety clack

Clickety clickety clickety clickety clickety clickety clack.

Procedure: The adult initiates the play by suggesting (by demonstrating) that two fin­gers of one hand might be a train. While singing the song, this “train” might start on the hand, travel up the arm to the elbow on the first phrase, back down to the hand on the second phrase, up the arm again on the third phrase, reaching the shoulder by the end of the song. If the child is old enough, he or she may imitate the action, or the adult may always be the train.


If the child is old enough to make suggestions through movement or verbally, the train could always start in the same place, but stop in different places with each singing (for example, start on the hand and end on the head, toe, knee, nose, etc.). As play continues, the child (or adult) may decide to have the train start and end in different places. The leader follows the interest of the child, making suggestions or not according to the child’s response.

ALTERNATIVE GAME: For children old enough and with enough play experience to move around a room independently and somewhat randomly.


Formation: children are seated in scattered formation on the floor or seated at desks. Song Text: as before


Procedure: The first one-who-is-it is the “engine” and begins to travel about the room, with the feet moving to the rhythmic pattern of the text, among the various children or “cars” waiting their turn. Stopping at one car at the song’s cadence the engine suggests, “Come and join my train!”. Hooking up to the engine’s waist to form an “engine” and “caboose” the two children now travel together. At the next cadence, “engine” and “caboose” first separate from each other (forming two engines), and suggest to a nearby child (usually decided by their foot proximity to the child), “Come and join my train.” . Two pairs now travel, repeating this play until all children are paired up, travelling in synchrony.


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