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Counting out/in rhymes


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Elling is the Norwegian word for a counting out (or in) rhyme. Counting out rhymes or selection rhymes are rhythmic rhymes that maintain a pulse. They are used for elimination, choosing; accepting or denying.

The children stand in a row, or on a line, and one person counts by pointing at another child in time with each syllable. The game might also be played by knocking fists. The last one will be free - or chosen.

It is possible that such games were used in the olden days to decide someone's fortune. Someone might be chosen to go to war, hunt or even be sacrified! In some instances death plays a part in the games, as in this very old counting out-rhyme from around year 1000 in Great Britain (the first two lines are in breton):

Ena mena bora mi
Kisca bora nora di
Eggs, butter, cheese, bread
Stick, stock, stone dead.

Or this one from Cornwall, collected 1882:

Ena, mena, mona, mite,
Bascalora, bora, bite,
Hugga, bucca, bau,
Eggs, butter, cheese, bread.
Stick, stock, stone dead - OUT."

There's a bit of magic involved here. Happily no such dire consequences face us in today's counting out-games.On the contrary, such games may help us understand ground principles in maths.

Behind the links you find lyrics, sheet music and sound clips. This site is made for learning purposes, and the sound clips may vary in quality. On my site musikkrom you will find some of these children's songs, and also a large collection of canons and rounds (kanon)


Ai sikka


Akka bakka/Acka backa


Akka bakka nikki


Akkari makkar


Akkori gakkori


Apala mesala


Arke barke


Brudekjole


Bubblegum


Eanie meanie Bob Saleenie


Eenie meenie minie mo


Eenie meenie mackeracker


Ei sikke lei


Eins, zwei, drø


Eisika deisika


Ellemann sellemann


Elle melle deg fortelle


Elle melle meg fortelle


Elle melle nisten


Elle melle Noggen


Ellinga mellinga Vatlandsguten


En liten nisse


En rød bil


En, to, ti


En to tre


Endika bendika


Ene mene miste


Ene mene ming


Ene mene mu


Ene tene mone mei


Eniken Meniken


Ennikken fenniken


Epler og pærer


Eppel peppel


Erkom verkom


Fille mille makki


I di dodda mi


Ikke devikke


Inky Pinky Ponky


Inna minna


Ip dip


I ri knappoli


Lappete, lusete


Lemons and oranges


Lirum Larum


Okker Gokker


Ola Dilt, Ola Dalt


Ole pole pøne


Ole Dole Doff


Olle Bolle elling


Ollern dollern


One potato two potatoes


One, two, buckle my shoe


One, two, three, four


Ose bose


Reven stjal et hønseben


Ringel rangel rose


Sjutti bang


Ro ro ralte


To hester


Virre Virre vapp


Åle nåle





Siri's new counting out rhymes












Video Eeny Meey Miney Mo - Billie Holliday









Resources






http://ctac.esrc.unimelb.edu.au/biogs/E000033b.htm


http://www.electricscotland.com/kids/bairns/index.htm

http://www.electricscotland.com/kids/bairns/page2.htm
http://kidslink.bo.cnr.it/cocomaro/europa.htm
http://kidslink.bo.cnr.it/cocomaro/bandiere.htm
http://ia700604.us.archive.org/32/items/countingoutrhyme00bolt/countingoutrhyme00bolt.pdf
http://www.kidsplaybook.com/
http://www.delamar.org/gbchildex.htm