Somehow between today and the last time we tried to play Ring Around the Rosie for Family Home Evening a few months ago Rachel caught on to how the game works. After we tried playing it with her a few weeks in a row, we simply gave up. She would hold onto our hands, lift up her feet, and let us spin her around, which is far less fun than playing the game for real.
Tonight, however, we were at the Lewis's and Rachel entered the room spinning in circles and singing "Asha, asha, asha, asha!" Then she tripped and on her way to the ground exclaimed, "Ball! Down!"
Then she got back up and did it over again. While she was spinning this next time, Megan walked into the room and announced, "Just so you know, Rachel is playing Ring Around the Rosie."
My personal theory is that Megan taught Rachel how to play (with the help of Sam) because the next thing I knew, Rachel was holding my hands, spinning me around in circles and singing, "Asha, asha, asha, asha, asha, asha, asha! Ball! Down!" and she's never done that before. Plus, Megan, Sam, and Rachel were in Sam's room for quite a long time and every once in a while someone would come out crying, get comforted, and go back in for more.
That behavior is easily explained by the "we all fall down" part of the rhyme. Some of these nursery rhyme games end up being played a little more violently than originally intended, if I remember correctly from my childhood.
So, either Megan taught her or she learned it in nursery, because I had given up teaching her that game and wasn't planning on trying again for a while still. How nice that someone else taught her for me! And it's super useful, too, because she has no qualms playing it by herself. She prefers, of course, to have someone spinning with her--falling down into a big heap of children is much more fun than bonking your head on the floor by yourself--but she has no problem spinning around in circles singing "Asha!" until she loses her balance and crashes all by herself, at which point she yells, "Ball! Down!" Pooh is also an optimal companion (for pretty much anything).
We spent several minutes playing Ring Around the Rosie before family prayer this evening. It was fun...now that Rachel knows how to play.