This is a game to play with a child. You recite the rhyme while gently sliding your hand down the kid's face. When you get to the last line, you hold the child's nose between your thumb and finger, with your other hand you pretend to "chop off" the nose!

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There's another rhyme that refers to "chop-nose day". It's called Margery Mutton-Pie and Johnny Bo-Peep.


Halliwell wrote before the rhyme, "The following lines are repeated by the nurse when sliding her hand down the child's face".

Thanks and Acknowledgements

The illustration comes from Kate Greenaway's Mother Goose or the Old Nursery Rhymes (1881). This rhyme can by found in The Nursery Rhymes of England (1849), by James Orchard Halliwell.