“Miss Mary mack, mack, mack
All dressed in black, black, black
In silver buttons, buttons, buttons
All down her back, back, back…”
Do you remember this clapping nursery rhyme?
You start by crossing your arms over your chest – “Miss…”
Clap your hands down on your thighs “…Ma – ”
Clap your hands together ” – ry…”
Then your right hands claps out to meet your partners right hand, before meeting back in the middle where you clap yours together. Every clap with your partner is a “mack.”
So it goes like this:
“Mack!” clap. “Mack!” clap. “Mack!”
Before you repeat the whole thing all over again for the next line.
Confused? It makes a whole lot of sense when you see it for yourself. 😉
I showed baby girl this clapping rhyme when she started telling me about some song she learnt in school. I asked her about “Miss Mary Mack,” because to be honest it’s the only one I remember…
She didn’t know it, but when I showed her she LOVED it. The first time we did it we were on her bed before sleeping-time, sitting cross-legged facing each other as I tried to coach her through the actions and the words.
The third line mentions “Mary’s” silver buttons, and baby girl lost herself silly with laughter each and every time I sang it. It made me erupt in laughter too, and we never actually finished the song, she was cracking up so much.
Today was much the same. She started singing the rhyme and so I tried to show Hubbie the rhyme. I got to the buttons part again, and –
I have to say, I don’t know why it is so funny. But when I see my baby girl doubled over in laughter, absolutely pissing herself in amusement, it totally makes my day. I end up cacking it up with her.
Just to get that reaction, I will sing about buttons, ALL the days 🙂
Does anyone remember any more of these primary school sing-a-longs?!