My grandma used to take a baby’s foot in her hand and start pulling the toes gently, started with the big toe and said some thing like this: Teedle, Todle mockeflua, spellarusa. and then pull the pinky a little bit and say in a jovial way- TUPIN! I was wondering how to correctly spell these words for my granddaughter’s baby book, as I say this to her all the time and I’m sure I am not even saying the words right. It sure makes the babies laugh though!
Her parents were straight off the boat from Sweden, so I thought it was Swedish.
If anyone can help Betylu with the original Swedish rhyme, and/or a translation, please let us know in the comments below.
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