Definition of pat-a-cake in English:

pat-a-cake

noun

  • [mass noun] A children's game in which participants gently clap their hands in time to the words of a rhyme.

    • ‘The four began seated on wooden boxes facing each other and started what looked like a super-advanced game of pat-a-cake.’
    • ‘It seems that White has led his men even further away from the silly pat-a-cake days when South Africa shared New Zealand's ‘vision ‘of candyfloss rugby, as paraded in the Super 12.’’
    • ‘She's also naïve and curious, and praeternaturally sensitive - her epiphanies are simple, involving scarlet gloves or rose-tinted glasses, playing pat-a-cake quietly to herself or imagining conversations in front of the mirror.’
    • ‘The infant guidelines involve a parent or caregiver planning physical activity with a variety of baby games, such as peekaboo and pat-a-cake, and sessions in which the child is held, rocked, and carried to new environments.’
    • ‘Hip-hip hurray - by the time he's a one-year old, your baby will be able to clap his hands together, so you can play games such pat-a-cake or just clap along to music.’
    • ‘Hence the unravelling of what should have developed as a pat-a-cake Q & A session into a short, sharp masterclass in discourtesy.’
    • ‘From peek-a-boo to chess, from pat-a-cake to baseball, games occupy a central role in the lives of most children from infancy to adolescence.’
    • ‘Clapping hands to the pat-a-cake rhyme gives your baby practice in coordinating actions with words.’
    • ‘The fact is, children love repetition of good things, from pat-a-cake games to stories and songs.’
    • ‘Who can remain sane watching a load of professional Bavarians performing their version of ‘Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, Baker's man’?’