Does Anyone Know a Pinching Hand Game for Kids?

Gina wrote looking for help with a hand game…

My grandfather whose father was fully Italian, use to have a hand play he did with me. I don’t know the full words to it but would like to know. His mother who was fully Italian died and his father remarried a fully german lady, so I’m not sure if the words are Italian or German. I do recall that the hand part was quite unique so maybe that can help.

To begin the adult pinches the loose skin on the back of the child’s hand. Then the child pinches the loose skin of the adult’s hand. Then the adult again pinches the skin of the child’s hand and then the child does the same. So there are 4 alternating (child/adult/child/adult) movements – each person pinching/holding onto the back of the others hand.

Then the adult’s hand on top would pull up on the whole pile of hands making them move up and then down, while singing something like this…. Teepa teepa tee, teepa teepa ta…. Then some more words that I never could pick up, followed by breaking away from the skin holding and it all fell down. (Kind of like what you see players do before a game when they put their hands all in, then break.)

Ever come across something like this?

If anyone is familiar with this game or a game like it, please comment below.

Thanks in advance!

Mama Lisa

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2 Responses to “Does Anyone Know a Pinching Hand Game for Kids?”

  1. Lisa Says:

    We have a hand pinching game on Mama Lisa’s World called Kubikubi ngoo’ata. But it’s from the Solomon Islands.

  2. DeAnne Foy Says:

    My Hungarian great grandmother and grandmother would play this game with us grandchildren. For the life of me I can’t remember the song and all have passed. Thought I would try Googling it.

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