I remember playing “Alary”. It went one, two, three “alary”; four, five, six, “alary”; seven, eight, nine, “alary”; ten “alary” catch me. With every number you would bounce the ball on the ground, and at “alary” you had to pass it under your right leg. (If you made it without a mistake) Then start over and do the left leg. Then you would do both legs and say “alary, alary” under each leg. I remember doing “a butterfly”, then you would bounce the ball from the outside of your right leg into the middle, move over a bit and then bounce the ball from the outside of your left leg to the middle, you would say “a butterfly” instead of “alary”. One, two, three, “a butterfly”…Then there was “a clapsy” and you would have to clap as you bounced the ball…one, two, three, “a clapsy”. There was “a clapsy” behind your back. I’m sure there were more but I can’t think of it now.
Original author: Jenny Jansen [e-mail]