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Eeney Meeney Miney Moe (Choosing Rhyme)

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English rhythm and intonation. Choosing rhyme.

Eeney Meeney Miney Moe (Choosing Rhyme) Lyrics

♫ (Singing)
Eeney meeney miney moe
Catch a tiger by the toe
If he hollers let him go
Eeney meeney miney moe

Eeney meeney miney moe
Catch a tiger by the toe
If he hollers let him go
Eeney meeney miney moe

(Repeat) ♫


Stand in a circle. Go around the circle and point to students as you sing the song. Whichever student you are pointing to when you sing the last "moe" in the verse must sit down. The last student(s) standing are the winners!

Classroom Benefits

"Eeney Meeney Miney Moe" is another classic choosing rhyme you can use for splitting a class into groups, or just as a simple game in itself. Kids love the nonsense words in this song!


Young children really enjoy elimination games like this as long as being "out" is done with a sense of fun. When introducing this game, include yourself as one of the players. Make sure that you are one of the first people "out" so that you can model being a good sport. Laugh, joke, say, "Oh no!" or make a funny face to show that you are having fun. See our blog post on Elimination Games With Young Learners for more ideas and tips.

Activity Ideas

Have the person who is "out" be the one to continue the chant and point to people. Each time someone is "out," he continues the chant, starting with the next person. 1

Passports. At the beginning of each of our classes, we give each child a sticker or stamp in his or her English passport. After collecting all of the passports, use this chant to select which passport to stamp first. 2

Use this chant for choosing anything from selecting team members, picking which flashcard to flip over, or choosing a person to help you. It's a great little break and the students love it! 3

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