My son is an active grade-schooler and embraces each new P.E. game to which he is exposed with gusto. Nearly every day, he tells me about another “sport” that I’ve never heard of; gaga ball, ant hospital, and toilet tag are a few that had me puzzled. I suspected he was just making these names up.
When I was a kid, we played games like freeze tag and kickball. Need more cooperation? What about red rover or tug-of-war? While I know that these games still exist, there are a bunch of new games that are played on the school yards today. So if any of you parents are, like me, from the dark ages of last century and need a little primer, I’ve got a cheat sheet for you.
Gaga ball is like fast-paced dodge ball played in a mini-arena, called a pit. Players can hit the ball but not catch or throw. Originally played in Isreal and popularized in the US by Jewish daycamps, here is a review of the rules thanks to Wikipedia: Continue reading →
We’re always looking for fun ways to get outside and earn a couple more Zamzee Pointz. But sometimes that old game of tag or duck-duck-goose needs a little extra spice in order to convince us to get moving. That’s why we’ve collected a list of great playground games from around the world. You don’t even need a ball to play these games; all you need is your imagination, some friends (the more the merrier!), and space to run around! Here’s how to join in the fun:
Two players stand opposite each other and raise their hands to form an arch. The other players form a line, and follow one another as they run underneath the arch singing:
“Pasi misí, pasi misá,
por la calle de Alcalá,
los de “adelante” corren mucho
el de atrás se quedará.”
“Pasi misí, pasi misá,
by the Alcalá street
the first ones run quickly
the last one will stay.”
After the last verse, the players who have formed the arch drop their hands to trap the player who is underneath the arch at that moment. Then, the trapped player has to secretly choose between two fruits, each of which corresponds to one side (player) of the arch. After secretly whispering her choice, the trapped player is released and lines up behind the team leader for her chosen fruit. (None of the other players are able to hear which type of fruit corresponds to which line.)
Once all the players have been “caught” under the arch and chosen a line, the two teams do a tug-of-war. The winning team is the one who successfully pulls the other team past a line in the ground.
In this video you can learn the tune to the song, and watch how to play!