Jump Rope Around the
Today's Snack: It's not long enough to jump-rope with, but enjoy a
long dried-fruit "rope" today.
A jump rope!
is not only a lot of fun, it's great for developing your muscle endurance and
eye-hand coordination. The sport helps with your flexibility, balance and
more variable than jogging and running, although they are great for you, too.
For example: you can cross your arms in front of you and alternate with regular
jumps, to work your trunk muscles.
rope keeps your heart rate up and gets the hormones that make you feel good
flowing. Minute for minute, it's one of the best exercises around.
One of the best things about jumping
rope is that it's a portable sport - you can go wherever you want, and with a
fairly high ceiling, you can jump-rope inside. You can jump-rope alone, or with
one or more friends, which makes it flexible any time and throughout the year.
do need supportive shoes that will cushion the pressure on your knees and
ankles when you come down from a jump, and those can be fairly expensive. But
most kids already have court shoes for basketball or tennis with extra
cushioning in the front half of the sole. Since you tend to land on the ball of
your foot - the front part, underneath - you wouldn't want to jump-rope
barefoot. You really do need that support from a good shoe.
you're going to buy a jump rope, make sure the length is adjustable. If it's
too long or too short, you'll have to jump "funny" and that won't be
comfortable. As you grow, it's nice to match the length of the rope to your
make sure that the weight of the rope isn't too heavy so that it drags, or too
light so that it gets twisted too easily.
for foam cushioning on the hand grips so that you can jump longer without any
discomfort in your hands, and so that the rope won't slip as easily.
roping is literally a universal game. Kids the world over like to jump rope to
rhythmic beats and rhymes. Here are some jump rope rhymes from different
countries, including our own:
All-American chants and rhymes:
Skipping is fun
But skipping rope
In the open air.
Jelly on the plate, jelly on
Wiggle, woggle, wiggle,
Jelly on the plate.
Sausage in the pan, sausage
in the pan
Turn it around, turn it
Sausage in the pan.
(for three children: two
hold the rope and skip it halfway while the third jumps; every time they say
the word "leré," the jumper has to crouch down. If you make it to the end of
the song, you win!)
Me dijo anoche leré
Que si quería leré
Montar en coche leré
Y yo le dije leré
Con gran salero leré
No quiero coche leré
Que me mareo leré.
El nombre de María
Que cinco letras tiene
La M, la A, la R
La I, la A: MARÍA!
(A counting game)
Brinca la tablita
que yo la brinqué
Bríncala tú ahora
que yo me cansé
Dos y dos son cuatro,
cuatro y dos son seis.
Seis y dos son ocho,
y ocho dieciséis,
y ocho veinticuatro,
y ocho treinta y dos.
Y diez que le sumo
son cuarenta y dos.
the Dominican Republic:
Manzana y arroz
A los cuantos anos me casare yo?
Uno, dos, tres …
(keep counting until the person misses or
pear, apple and rice, how many years until I get married? One, two, three…")
-- Contributed by Cynthia Jernstrom, longtime