Play at school: Recess, and these games, boost child development
Outside play at school can boost students' cognitive, social, emotional and physical abilities in ways in-class education cannot, pediatricians say. And these games help the process along.
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Jumping rope has gone in and out of fashion since ancient Egypt, when both men and women jumped over vines. It wasn’t until the 20th century that jumpers incorporated singsong games and rhymes. Many of these are passed down through the generations like oral history, with different regions using different chants. I learned many of these from my mom and passed them down to my daughter.Skip to next paragraph
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One regular jump rope for one person, or a longer jump rope for two turners to turn while a jumper (or more) jumps.
The jumper jumps over the rope each time it hits the ground. Jumpers can jump in one jump each turn or take one big jump followed by one smaller jump each turn. A turn ends when the jumper fails to jump over the turning rope. The following are classic, easy jump-rope games. They don’t have tunes so much as chants, so they are especially easy to pick up.
A, My Name Is Alice
This is a fun add-on game that also calls for a little creativity and is different every time.
The first jumper starts with the letter A and fills in the blanks in the following sentence, however he or she chooses:
A my name is ____ and my husband’s name is ____ and we live in ____ and we sell ____.
For example: A my name is Alice and my husband’s name is Al and we live in Albuquerque and we sell apples.
If the jumper hasn’t tripped up, he or she moves on to the letter B: B my name is Betty and my husband’s name is Bob and we live in Boise and we sell beans.
Jumpers move through the alphabet as long as their turns last. New jumpers usually start with A, which makes it easy to compare how far each jumper gets, and choose new names.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
This jump-rope game is a little more advanced, as it requires players to pantomime the activity they are singing about (to the best of their abilities) as they jump.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, tie your shoe.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, that will do!
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, go upstairs.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say your prayers.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn out the lights.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say good-night!
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Apples, Peaches, Pears, and Plums
Apples, peaches, pears, and plums.
Tell me when your birthday comes.
January, February, March…
Count one month for each turn of the rope successfully jumped.
I hope you all take the AAP recommendations to heart and enjoy recess and play!
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