You Are What You Play
Skipping & Running Game
Name of Game:
The Elastic Band
Translation into English:
Skipping and Running
Country of Origin:
Where did you learn it?:
How many players?:
3 - but advanced players could manage 4 or 5
Seems to have been mainly a girls’ game but boys can play.
Where is it played?:
There are three players.
They have a long piece of elastic, ca. 3 metres, tied into a loop.
Two players face each other about 1.5m apart and stretch the elastic around their ankles to form an open loop, into which the third player can go.
The third player stands facing one player and has to perform a series of jumps in and out of the elastic with feet jumping in and out of the loop without stopping… ending jumping both feet outside the loop.
When they have achieved this the elastic is raised to the calf muscles, they repeat the jump pattern, when they have achieved this the elastic is raised to behind the knees, they repeat the jump pattern, when they have achieved this the elastic is raised to the thighs, they repeat the jump pattern and so on… then places are changed and the next one tries it and so on.
It can be played with two people (elastic round a tree and one player’s ankles and the 2nd player jumping- or a column or a chair etc.) If you are really good 2 people could jump together over the elastic.
How to play:
Elastic, ca. 3 metres
Aim of game:
To jump as well and as high as possible
How does it End?:
Variations from other places:
Played in Guinea, Albania, Lebanon, Italy, Sudan, Eritrea, UK.
Variations include turning 90 degrees/180 degrees, signing a song (song from UK version: England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Inside, Outside, On, with the last jump landing ON the elastic.)
Can be played hopping on one leg!
Average time needed to play:
Rosa said it was perfect during break time at school
‘When I played it I felt my legs were long’ Rosa
Who Introduced us to it?: