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Hi teahers,

What would you describe this action?

If a child's left hand is clapping your right hand, and her right hand is clapping your left hand at the same time, like she's playing happily, would this action be called "She is clapping your hands"? Or "tap" is more appropriate?

Thank you.

Regards,

Tinanam
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If two people have both of their hands up and their palms strike together to make a clapping sound ,that is called "high ten" which is a celebratory jesture. More about high five and high ten:

http://www.answers.com/topic/high-five
Hi Dimsumexpress,

Thanks for the link. I think I am not good at describing this action. It's not high five or high ten.

It's more like when you spread both of your hands out horizontally (not raise your hands up), so both the baby's hands are "clapping" your hands (palms to palms). She's having fun.

Most "clap hands" I see is the person clapping his own hands, but does it apply to clapping other person's hands.

Thnaks again.

Tinanam
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I don't believe what you described can be called "clapping". You can only clap with your own hands.

I have no idea!
tinanam0102

What How would you describe this action?

If a child's left hand is clapping your right hand, and her right hand is clapping your left hand at the same time, like she's playing happily, would this action be called "She is clapping your hands"? Or "tap" is more appropriate?Some people would use the verb pat for that action. The baby is patting his/her hands against yours. For very young children, the term that often applies is "playing patty-cakes". See below. Google images: 'playing patty-cakes' for more pictures.


CJ

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Hi CalifJim,

Thank you so much for finding a picture to show us. I'll look the term up soon for more.

Have a good day.

Regards,

Tinanam