What a great discussion ! And what great memories all this brings back ! I especially enjoyed visiting the link to the kids games that someone posted… Red Rover… Ghost In The Graveyard… Mama May I… Red Light Green Light… ahh, man!! I played all that when I was a kid! I loved Chinese jumprope too and like many others here I’d love the rules from someplace if anyone has them, I’d love to teach my young cousins how to do it. Never did the “double dutch” jumping… not adept enough! It was all I could do to keep going if we were doing a game where we had to do fast jumping! Haha!! These rhymes are all so familiar as well ! Thanks for a great little memory jolt and something pleasant to pas a slow and quiet Sunday afternoon ! Take care!
thank you nancy for a promt response. . . we’ll be doing our best to master the art of chinese jumprope before school starts in sept. thanks again.
Anyone looking for rules to Chinese Jump Rope could consult a book which gives all kinds of diagrams and all kinds of rules and variations. It’s called “Chinese Jump Rope” by Sheree S. Marty. The publisher is Sterling Publishing Company (New York); publication date was 1994. I found it at the library. By the way, thanks to Jacqui for remembering the name `Yogi’ and “trials… just in case I don’t make it…” — I had completely forgotten about that. The hours we spent playing that game. What a great memory.
My 6 yr old daughter has recently learned string hand games; jacob’s ladder,cat’s whiskers etc… I believe these games are traditional played w/a chinese jumprope. I’ve searched on line and in local toy stores and have come up empty handed. Does anyone know where I may locate a chinese jumprope?
Chinese jump rope sound vagely familiar, but we played a game with a string made out of elastics called “Yogi”. Two enders would hold the rope first at “groundsies”, ankle, knee, hip, waist, underarm, shoulder, chin, ear, head, and finally, “Skyhigh” Jumpers would attempt to jump over at each level, and beginning at (I believe) shoulder, you were allowed two attempts – but first had to indicate “Trials…just in case I don’t make it….”
When I was a kid in France we used to play “elastique” which is the same as Chinese Jump Rope, but there weren’t any set patterns to jump. Part of the game was that you made up your own pattern, after agreeing on a certain level of difficulty, like there had to be some point in it where you jumped on the line. So you couldn’t really get out on ankles, but then you had to repeat the pattern at knees etc. If you changed anything, you lost your turn. So it was partly a memory thing.
Here is a jumping rhyme, S-C-H-DOUBLE O-L spells school for me. Each letter was said on a jump, double o being one jump,. I used to love this one. Though it messed me up spelling the word school for awhile. I used to think it said W-0. Oh well. Thanks so much for the sight. I was looking for chinese jump rope rules. Thanks everyone.