|Traditional Children's Games: Jump
in Guatemala jumping rope
in Guatemala jumping rope
rope games have always been popular in countries
around the world. In the past, children usuallly played with a long traditional rope. In the above photos, children from Guatamala are enjoying playing a jump rope game.
Today many children use a plastic jump rope rather than a traditional rope.
Another version of a jump rope game
is played with rubber bands connected together to make
a long, special jump rope. This version is played in many countries, including China.
section, students from China, Colombia, and Indonesia describe how
they used to play jump rope in their
Band Rope Jumping
bands looped together to make a jump
students show how to play this special
jump rope game.
Rong from China
band jumping was popular in my primary school which
was only for girls. This game can help you to
practice your jumping skills, develop coordination,
and also meet lots of friends.
jumping is a low cost game. You only need some
rubber bands. We looped rubber bands together
tightly until we had a larger one (You can select
the length you like). When we got three persons
together, we could start our game.
how we played this special jump rope
persons stood opposite each other and extended
the rubber band.
player jumped and stood on one side of the
rubber band, carrying the two sides
she jumped again and made the two sides
she jumped again into the middle of the
rubber-band and after that she jumped outside
we finished these steps without any mistakes, we
started the next level.
the game continued, the level of jumping got higher
and higher. There were four jumping levels: ankle
high, knee high, waist high, and under the
shoulder. More and more girls tried to jump and we
competed as teams. The game was fun, and I think it
taught us competition and cooperation.
Baquero from Colombia
I was a little girl, I used to play a very fun
game. It was a girls' game; boys never played with
us. We played at school during the break or in my
neighborhood in the afternoons. We spent hours
playing it, and we never got tired of it because we
had such a good time.
play the game, you will need three or more people.
Two players, one in each corner, hold an elastic
band and the rest play. If one of the players
loses, she has to change places with one of the
girls who is holding the elastic band.
rope games are fun. When you play them,
you can develop your skills and enjoy
being with your friends.
player starts by jumping the elastic at ankle
height. Then it is raised to the middle of the leg,
then to the knees, the hips, the waist, the chest,
the shoulders, the neck, and head. In the last
level called heaven, the elastic band is held up
with raised arms.
play this jump rope game, players follow these
into the middle of the elastic band. Open and
close your legs three times.
to one side of the elastic band and step on it.
Jump to the other side and do the same.
out of the elastic band.
from the outside to the inside and try to take
the elastic band with you. You have to cross the
elastic from the right to the left.
to open and close your legs three times.
a big hop, and try to keep the elastic band
between your legs.
out and go to the next level.
You have to play like that until you get to the
fifth level, then you can do the same thing but
this time you are not going to use your legs,
rather you will use your head. In the last level
(Heaven), you play with your arms.
two or three people played at the same time.
Whoever fell or stepped on the elastic band at the
wrong time lost her turn.
had forgotten how much fun it is to play this game,
and I realize times are changing. We were so
creative and innocent; we had fun in a simple way.
You can't compare our old games in those times with
Tali, A Traditional Rope Jumping
Rachman from Indonesia
Jumping is a children's game of physical
perseverance. It requires a piece of rope about 7
feet long. Any kind of rope of light material can
be used to play this game. A very simple piece of
rope can be made from groups of rubber bands
notched together one after another.
when the rope touches and passes the
floor, the player jumps up, either with
one leg or two legs simultaneously.
people still play this game, but they use a
commercially manufactured plastic rope with a
handle on each end. You can buy this kind of rope
in most sports stores. The game can be played
individually or in groups.
player holds the two ends of the rope with two
hands on each side of the body, each at the height
of the shoulders. Then, he or she moves the rope
around clockwise and rhythmically. Just when the
rope touches and passes the floor, the player jumps
up, either with one leg or two legs simultaneously.
requires good timing of the player between the act
of jumping and the movement of the rope. The pace
of the rope movement can be controlled, depending
on the skill and stamina of the player. This
movement is repeated over and over until the player
trips over the rope, or when he or she gets
players hold each end of the rope, and move the
rope in circular motion, either clockwise or
counter-clockwise. The third player jumps over the
rope as it passes over the ground. When the third
player trips over the rope, he or she stops and
holds the rope while the other player takes turn.
The game can continue as long as 30 minutes to one
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