PlayBack Project Play History & Games ‘Ip Dip’ rhymes and counting out ‘Ip Dip’ rhymes and counting out ‘Ip Dips’ are rhythmic counting out games often used in playgrounds to decide who is ‘it’ or ‘on’ in another game. They have been commonplace since the 1950’s and are still used today. Players commonly put their feet into a huddle, and these are counted out in turn until the last remaining is declared on and the games begins. There are lots of rhymes and like skipping rhymes these can have local variants that change over time. Here are some examples including those have been heard in Nottingham: Eeny Meeny Miney Mo Put the baby on the po When it’s done Wipe its bum Eeny Meeny Miney MO! Ip dip dation Corporation How many buses are in the station? (whoever it lands on chooses)…..”4” 1,2,3,4, so O U T spells OUT! Eeny meeny macka racka Rair eye dommy nacka Chicka packa lolly packa Om pom push Ip dip pen and ink Who did that big stink? You shall have it for your supper On a piece of bread and butter O U T spells OUT! One potato, two potato Three potato, four Five potato, six potato Seven potato more (uses fists rather than feet) As fair as fair as it can be The king of Egypt said to me The one that comes to number three Must be he 1,2,3 Ibble obble black bobble Ibble obble out! Ip dip sky blue Who’s it, not you! Ip dip battleship You are not it O U T spells OUT!