Old School Jump-Rope Games




These jump-rope games are some of my childhood favorites, I remember playing them for hours at a time.

Coffee & Tea

I like coffee, I like tea, I like (name of next person in line to jump-rope) to come in with me. (Then the two jumprope together, the second person saying the rhyme.) When the rhyme is done, the first person runs out, and the new person comes in and jumps with the second person.

H-E-L-P

H - E - L - P (one jump for each letter) (The ropes spin faster and faster until the jumper misses on a letter. (Then, you must do whatever is required at that letter.) H - Highwaters (rope doesn't touch the ground) E - Eyes closed or Easy over (jump-rope goes over slower than usual) L - Leapfrog (jump like a frog/crouch down, then jump high) P – Peppers (rope twirls quickly)

Simply jump until you miss, at which point the next jumper will start from the beginning.

Queen Bee

A mix of jump-rope, tag, and follow the leader. Queen bee, follow me, see if you can catch me. (Anything the Queen bee does, the worker bee must copy while trying to catch up with and tag the Queen bee. The Queen may leave and enter the rope as s/he wishes. With more than two people, you may have more than one Queen and one worker, but the worker always follows only one.

School

"School, School the golden rule, spell your name and go to school"

Person spells name and then runs out of the jump-rope without touching rope. Then each subsequent turn, the person jumps through the grades. Kindergarten--person just runs though the turning rope; First Grade--the person jumps once, saying "first grade" then runs out; and so on, through the 12th grade. The persons turn ends when s/he has tripped on the rope at any time, or when completed through the 12th grade.


More similar jumping games kids play




Any classic rhyme can be used for Chinese Jump-rope and Tinikling

TINIKLING

Tinikling is very similar to jump-rope, but instead of a spinning rope, two bamboo poles are used. The poles are held by two people, one pole in each hand. They hit the poles on the floor, then raise them, then hit the poles together. The person(s) in the middle hop over and outside the poles before they come together. When mastered, it is considered a form of dance.

All the dance steps are combinations of only three basic 4/4 tinikling steps. These steps are called Singles, Doubles, and Hops.

Four people should be two boys and two girls. The first couple performs the dance and the other couple operate the bamboo poles by hitting them together and also tapping them on the floor in rhythm to the music. When the first couple dancing makes an error in their dance steps, the other couple takes their turn and this is where the fun starts especially when the dance speed gets faster and faster. Further, tinikling is very similar to jump rope, but instead of a spinning rope, two bamboo poles are used.

WARNING: Ensure that very flexible poles are used. Use hollow bamboo, not rattan, which is similar looking, but solid.

1. Singles: When the poles are on the dancers right side (right foot lead) the foot work of two Singles steps would be as follows: Count 1 - Hop on left foot outside poles Count 2 - Hop again on left foot outside poles Count 3 - Step on right foot between poles Count 4 - Step on left foot between poles Count 1 - Hop right foot outside poles Count 2 - Hop again on right foot outside poles Count 3 - Step on left foot between poles Count 4 - Step on right foot between poles

2. Doubles: The foot work for two Doubles Steps (with right side next to poles) would be: Count 1 - Hop on both feet outside poles Count 2 - Hop again on both feet outside poles Count 3 - Hop on both feet between poles Count 4 - Hop again on both feet between poles Count 1 - Hop on both feet outside (straddling) poles Count 2 - Hop again on both feet outside poles Count 3 - Hop on both feet between poles Count 4 - Hop again on both feet between poles

3. Hops: The footwork for two Hops steps (right foot lead) would be as follows: Count 1 - Hop on left outside poles Count 2 - Hop again on left foot outside poles Count 3 - Hop on right foot between poles Count 4 - Hop again on right foot between poles Count 1 - Hop on left foot outside poles Count 2 - Hop again on left foot outside poles Count 3 - Hop on right foot between poles Count 4 - Hop on right foot between poles

CHINESE JUMP-ROPE

The simple rules test the skill and coordination of all players. An elastic rope is the only equipment needed for play. The game is easily learned and always fun!Chinese children first played Chinese Jump Rope in the 7th century. Rediscovered by English children in the 1960's, Chinese Jump Rope remains as popular as ever.Chinese Jump Rope is no ordinary "rope skipping" game. "Enders" hold an elastic rope while a "jumper" jumps the rope in special ways. The challenge? To jump successfully!

RULES

A Jumper jumps until a jumping mistake or "miss" is made.A miss can be made if a jumper jumps "out" instead of "in".A miss is also made if a jumper touches the rope incorrectly while jumping the game.

After a miss, the jumper trades positions with an ender.The jumper starts from the very beginning of the game on the next turn.

Every Chinese Jump-rope game begins with the rope held in basic position.

Enders:

1. Face each other and step inside the rope.2. Place the rope around the ankles.3. Step back until the rope is stretched.Two parallel jumping lines, about 12 inches (30cm)apart, are stretched between the enders.The jumper stands outside the rope, ready to play.Simple words describe simple Chinese Jump-rope jumping steps!"IN"Jump both feet inside the rope."ON"Jump both feet on top of the rope. The left foot lands on the left rope; the right foot lands on the right foot."OUT"Jump both feet from the middle to the outside of the rope. Feet land together on one side."SIDE OUT"Jump over both ropes from one side. Both feet land together on the other side of the rope."STRADDLE OUT"Jump a straddle! The left foot lands outside the left side of the rope. The right foot lands outside the right side of the rope."SIDE-BY-SIDE"Jump quickly side-to-side. Both feet start "out" one side of the ropes.Jump side: The left foot lands outside the left rope. The right foot lands inside the rope.Jump side again quickly: The left foot lands inside the rope. The right foot lands outside the right rope.Jumpers call the steps out loud while jumping. Calling helps the jumper remember the "pattern" of the jumps!Practice "jumping steps" with these simple jumping games!

JUMP 1: IN, OUT,SIDE-BY-SIDE,ON,IN,OUT

JUMP 2: IN, STRADDLE OUT, SIDE-BY-SIDE, IN, OUT, SIDE OUT

JUMP 3: SIDE OUT, SIDE OUT, ON, SIDE OUT, SIDE OUT, ON, SIDE OUT

JUMP 4: SIDE-BY-SIDE, IN, STRADDLE OUT, IN, ON, SIDE OUT

If you have nobody to hold the rope you can just draw two parallel chalk lines on the ground!

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