Here’s the rhyme I remember, playing with two rubber balls against the garage door in Dublin, Ireland in the 70s Plainy, a packet of rinso Over, a packet of rinso Uppy, a packet of rinso Downy, a packet of rinso Dashy, a packet of rinso Right Leg, a packet of rinso Left Leg, a packet of rinso Archy, a packet or rinso Plainy, plainy, a packet or rinso, etc. etc. until you were out! We got so good at this we could then do with one hand.
hiya me yet again i remeber this it was called chinese ropes as well or chinq’s or chinkes u did yer elastic bands and put then rnd yer ankles and the song i did scotland. england ,ireland wales inside out side monkeys tales…. there was others but trying to find them is madness any one knows them gimmie a shout steakbake [at] hotmail [dot] com or add me dont matter how old this post might be when u read it let me know ….lol
mm, adaption on the australian one (think it depended on what school or state youre from) ‘england, ireland, scotland, wales inside, outside, inside, scales, inside, outside, off (scales is the ‘on’ part) .. and yes, i remember doing cartwheels to do the underarms-ies, and necks-ies. and we just called it elastics too. 😉 i remember raiding my mothers sewing cupboard for the elastic to use. any ideas why its called chinese jumprope?
I’m from Australia. We just called this game elastics. The main rhyme i remember is “England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, inside, outside, inside, on”. The “England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales” bit was sung whilst jumping each rope (left, right, left, right) and then inside, outside, inside and finally “on” the ropes. When it got to underarms we also did things like handstanding up and over the ropes and had three people holding the elastic instead of two.
Hello from Ireland, This may not be the most used part of the site but I will start anyway. I am trying to remember the rules for a game that kept me occupied for hours and would like to pass it on to my children. In Dublin we called it Snap the rasher. The gist of it was two teams facing each other across a road. In the middle (it was a quiet road) was the “rasher”, an object, one or other of the teams called a player from the other team . The two players ran out to the middle as fast as could be. The object was to “snap” the rasher and get back to your own side without being tagged by the other person. I have no idea how scoring, if any, was kept or how you decided who did the calling or who they called. Any help or thoughts on similar games in the US would be greatly appreciated. Stephen
Hello I have just found your discussion group about chinese jump ropes. Being from Great Britain we used to call this either ” French skipping ” or ” Elastics “, However I can only remember one rhymn : Scotland England Ireland Wales Inside Outside Inside Tails Jumping with the elastics like this : ( Left = position of left foot ) etc: Left Elastic Right Elastic Elastic Left Elastic Right Left Elastic Right Elastic Elastic Left Elastic Right Elastic Left Right Elastic Left Elastic Elastic Right Elastic Left Right Elastic Land on the elastics. When this has been completed successfully on ankles, raise the elastics to; shins, knees, bottoms, waists, etc….. If this was not hard enough the ends take one foot out reducing the width… Please have a go and we’ll await the replies. Have fun ! Catriona. P.S. I am a playground supervisor desperate for the revival of old games.