Adults used to tell kids to sit “Indian Style” when asking them to sit cross-legged on the ground. You don’t hear that phrase used so much anymore. According to my 4th grader, now they tell you to sit “Criss-Cross Applesauce” in pre-school. In grade school, they tell you to “Sit Pretzel Style”.
There’s a rhyme that teachers say to students when they want them to quiet down and sit cross-legged on the floor.
Give your hands a clap
Put them in your lap.
There’s another Criss-Cross Applesauce rhyme that people do on kids’ backs. Here are the words to it:
Spiders crawling up your back
Now you’ve got the shiverees!
Here’s how you play this rhyme-game:
1. Make an “x” on the child’s back.
2. Walk your fingers up the kid’s back.
3. Blow on the child’s neck.
4. Hug the child.
5. Tickle the kid’s back!
This video shows how to play “Criss-Cross Applesauce”:
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