IN A QUEST TO HELP MY 6 YR OLD TO EARN HER BROWNIE (GIRL SCOUT)BADGE, WE HAD TO PLAY CHINESE JUMP ROPE. I WENT LOOKING FOR RULES – FOUND A SITE WWW.GAMESKIDSPLAY.NET THAT HAS ALL KINDS OF RULES FOR “CLASSIC” KIDS GAMES AS WELL AS RHYMES FOR JUMP ROPE….NEVER THOUGHT THIS 39 YR. OLD BODY COULD DO IT, BUT WE HAD AN EXCELLENT TIME! WE LAUGHED UNTIL WE CRIED…… I WOULDN’T TRADE THAT TIME TOGETHER FOR THE WORLD…… ON TO DOUBLE DUTCH!!!!!!!!
Howdy. I teach kids fitness classes as well as adults. What I have found is that adults love the kids classes more than the kids do!! I use hoola hoops, moon shoes and am thinking of incorporating hippity hops and pogo sticks. I also use agility ladders and use bands as a form of “chinese jump ropes” remember them? Thanks for the tip on how to make my own hoola hoops…heading for the hardware store tomorrow…do you put beads or anything in them? ellen (43 and still playing)
I remember playing Chinese jumprope when i was like in the 4th and 5th grade, and I remember making it out of rubberbands….you would make it long enough to make it into a huge circle so you could wrap it around your ankles and someone elses, standing at least a yard away. You would be in teams and both members of the team had to win to go to the next level. You would jump in with both feet, then jump out with both feet, synchronized of course, then move your right foot in so you would only be over one side of the ropes, then jump to the other side with both feet. Then jump up with both feet and land on the rope, at the same time. At that point the other member would do the same. If both members passed, then you would go to the next level. The levels would be from: ankles, knees, right below the behind, then waist, underarms, and neck. i don’t think it got that far, but just in case some girl who could jump high, I think that was the last level. If one member missed, then they would switch and if it became your turn again, you start all over again. this was the version I used to play…=)
Hi, I remember fragments to a couple of skipping songs we sang as children in Quebec. One went something like this: Tinker, taylor Soldier, sailor Doctor, lawyer Beggarman, thief — — — — — — …..Merchant, chief And, another fragment: Mississippi M-I-S-S-I S-S-I- P-P-I Do these snippits ring a bell with you? If so, I’d love to know how the whole song truly goes. Thanks, Ros
I too have been trying to find the rules for chinese jump rope. I am a school age care activity coordinator and most of our kids have never even heard of chinese jump rope. A pity to say the least. i found this to be very interesting i do remember the touching the ground and twisting though.
Thanks for all of the great information. I think I finally have enough information for my Girl Scout Brownie Troop. I have been racking my brain trying to remember how we played Chinese jumprope. It was about to drive me nuts. Thanks for giving me my memory back. At 46 the game was really under some cobwebs!! What a relief!! Now if I could just remember some of the rhymes we sang. All I can remember is: “I like coffee, I like tea, I’d like (name) to jump in with me me” That is when there are two jumpers. Is that Double Dutch? We played this kind of jumprope in Miami Fla in the 60’s.
About Chinese Jumprope- you can make one easily, all you need is a whole bunch of rubber bands. Just connect them together in a string, then tie the ends together. This can be used for cat’s cradle and those games, too… And if it breaks, all you need to do is put on a new rubber band!
I used to play what we called chinese skipping, I remember parts of the the Missippi song but other songs we used to sing have disapeared from my memory. My sister and I tried to play once with just the two of us when we were younger. We tied the elastic rope around the television on one side while my sister held the other end. When we got the band to about waste height I jumped on the rope and the TV fell flat on its face and shattered. So my word of advice is make sure you have 3 people to play this game. Aswell I would not purchase a rope, but rather pick up a box of rubber bands and loop them together into a long rope and then loop the ends together. It is more affordable and then if it breaks, you just repair it with more elastics.
Debra Reyland (and all others looking for a chinese jumprope game), I remember a similar rhyme we used to use in Chicago in the 70’s when playing chinese jumprope: Starting position was : catch the rope with your feet and jump to cross the rope over and stand in the center . (you are now in a “loop” you created with the elastic making an x in front and back of your ankles) Jump in an alternating pattern – spreading your feet apart, then with legs crossed, right foot in front of left, then apart, then left in front of right, then apart, etc. ( remaining inside of the “loop” you created upon jumping in) Jump in this pattern while chanting: “Ching-chong chinaman sittin’ on a fence tryin’ to make a dollar outta 69 cents he missed… he missed… he missed like this! ” On the word ‘this’ the object was to disentangle yourself and land on the now straight rope, one foot on each of the ropes. If you did this correctly, you got to continue: Step to one side, use both feet to catch rope as before and jump alternating now once with left foot in front (ching), then apart, then once with right foor in front (chong), then disentangle yourself again landing on the spead ropes (ONE!). (You are chanting “Ching-chong-ONE!,”) Step to side cross ropes over and repeat- counting your jumps in the same alternating pattern: “Ching-chog-TWO!, Ching-chong-THREE!”,etc. until you miss the ropes. The person who got the highest won. Sound familiar? Or is this yet another variation? I can’t believe how many memories this site has brought back!!!!! Wish I had that energy and coordination now!!!!!