The Clap Song Nursery Rhyme- Lyrics, Video, and Printable

The Clapping Song is a popular children’s song and hand-clapping game that has been passed down through generations. It is also known as “My Mummy Told Me” or “Rubber Dolly.” The song involves rhythmic clapping patterns accompanied by lyrics.

The song is typically sung by children while engaging in a clapping game where participants clap hands in various patterns as they recite the lyrics. It’s a fun and rhythmic activity often enjoyed during playtime or as a group activity.

Lyrics for The Clap Song

Here are lyrics to some variants of the song

My mother told me, if I was goody
Then she would buy me, a rubber dolly
But then I told her, I kissed a soldier,
Now she won’t buy me, a rubber dolly.

Version 2:

My Mother told me
If I was goody
That she would buy me
A rubber dolly
My Auntie told her
I’d kissed a soldier
Now she won’t buy me
A rubber dolly.

Version 3

My Momma done told me
When I was in pigtails that
I’d get a rubber dolly
But someone done told her
That I kissed a soldier
So I didn’t get my rubber dolly
Bum bolly.

Videos for The Clap Song



Samantha Bellerose has a Bachelor of Education as well as a Diploma in Performing Arts. She is a mom to four children and is passionate about education and learning. Samantha created Nursery Rhyme Central as the go to place for parents, teachers and carers about all things to do with Nursery Rhymes. She is also the Main Author and creator for websites Dance Parent 101 and Move Dance Learn, where she shares her knowledge and expertise for dance and learning through movement.

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