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Miscellaneous Physical Play Tic Tac Toe

Clapping Game, Language Play and Physical Play
Alternative Names
  • Tic Tac Toe - a clapping game

Tic Tac Toe is a clapping game with elements of guesswork. There may be variations to the rhyme/chant that accompanies the game.


At School 17

One version of the rhyme (played at School 17) is as follows:

Tic-tac-toe gimme a high gimme a low,
Gimme a three-in-a-row.
Bunny got hit by a UFO (while playing paper, scissors, rock)
Bunny got hit by a UFO (while playing paper, scissors, rock)
Bunny got hit by a UFO (while playing paper, scissors, rock)

The person who loses paper, scissors, rock turns around while the winner pokes out one finger, running it along the other players back and says:

Snake (or snakey) going down your back, which finger is that?

The player tries to guess which finger had been used on her back and has two guesses to get it right. If they don't get it right, the 'winner' grabs the other players arm and punches it up and down while chanting:

I win; you lose; now you get a big bruise.

At School 14

Players: 2
Age: 11-12

Same rhyme as used at School 17.

At School 09

While saying the standard rhyme, players play rock, paper scissors until someone wins. The winner then touches the losers back of the neck with a finger, and the loser has to guess which finger it is.

At School 10

Players: 2
Age: 6

Tic Tac Toe, Tic Tac Toe
Give me an S, give me an O
Give me a three in a row
Tic Tac Toe

This is followed by hand actions, being either scissors, paper or rock, until one is out.

At School 18

Players: 2
Girls and male
Age: 1

Same as School 09

At School 05

Players: 2
Age: 2

Tic tac toe, gimme a high, gimme a low.
Gimme a three in a row.
Johnny got hit by a UFO.

Players: punch one hand into palm of the other while saying the last line. On 'O', players make rock, paper or scissors. They keep repeating this line until someone wins Rock, Paper, Scissors.

The loser turns around and winner touches her back with three fingers in turn.The loser has to guess which fingers she used. If correct she wins this step, if wrong, she loses.

Whoever has lost the finger-guessing puts her arm out straight with her hand facing palm up. The winner holds her wrist and punches her lightly on the arm, saying, I win, you lose, now you get a big bruise! On 'bruise' she hits harder.

The loser then grabs the winner's arm and does the same actions, but the words are different: Unfair, unfair, now I get to pull your hair. The winner turns around and loser pulls her hair.

The equaliser at the end, where the loser gets to pull the winner's hair is an extra step I haven't seen before. The rhyme usually ends with the 'big bruise'. Rhyme not observed, but demonstrated during a recording session.