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Counting-out game

A counting-out game is a simple game intended to select a person to be "it," often for the purpose of playing another game. Some counting-out games are

Many such games involve counting round a circle of players to a rhyme. The player the last word lands on is out. Common rhymes are:

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe,
Catch a tiger by his toe
If he hollers, let him go
Eeny, meeny, miny, moe.
  • One potato, two potato[?] - players may start with both fists (to resemble potatoes) in, so have to be got twice to be out.
One potato, two potato
Three potato, four,
Five potato, six potato,
Seven potato, more,
One big bad spud.
  • Ip dip
Ip dip, dog shit,
You are not it.

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