Birthday Chant and Jump Rope Rhyme – Apples, Peaches, Pears and Plums

My daughter and her friend Marisa taught me this birthday rhyme in the car the other day. They chant this in class to talk about birthdays and months of the year.

Apples, Peaches, Pears and Plums

Apples, Peaches, Pears and Plums,
Tell me when your birthday comes?

January, February, March, April,
May, June, July, August, September,
October, November, December?

Some people only chant the first 2 lines and then another person will answer with their birthday.

This is also a jump rope rhyme. Two kids hold a long jump rope and swing it around in a circle. They chant the rhyme. You jump in on your birthday month. Then the girls start counting 1, 2, 3, etc. until they reach the number of the day you were born on. Then you jump out.

The other way to play the jump rope game is to skip the numbers. You still jump “in” when your birthday month is called. The other kids then repeat the rhyme and you jump “out” when you hear your birthday month the second time around.


Mama Lisa

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One Response to “Birthday Chant and Jump Rope Rhyme – Apples, Peaches, Pears and Plums”

  1. Ashton Says:

    Thank you! this was exactly what I was looking for!

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