Psychological Development Across the Lifespan

School Age Children (6–11)

What do clapping games tell us about school age children?

The little girls’ clapping game rhyme below dates back as far as the U.S. Civil War. More or less unchanged, this game is found in multiple countries and across the United States. The remarkable stability of these games reflects the importance of rules for school age children and contrasts dramatically with the ever-changing nature of adolescent slang.


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