Thursday, December 5, 2013

Chinese jumprope (make/play)

This is a game I used to play when I was in school, I liked playing it and would even use chairs at home if no one was around.

Make a Chinese Jump Rope
1. Purchase a spool of elastic cord in any color.
2. Measure out at least 64 inches of the cord and cut it.
3. Tie the two ends together to form a large loop of rope for the game.
4. Overlap two rubber-bands. Fold the top rubber-band underneath and pull it up through the circle created by the two rubber-bands to connect them together.
5. Repeat Step 4 to connect all 36 rubber-bands together.
6. Tie the two ends together to create a continuous loop of rubber-bands.

Play Chinese Jump Rope
7. Loop the rope around the legs of the two people who are the holders. Stand at least four feet apart with the rope taut and legs about shoulder-width apart.
8. Jump so each foot lands on the outside of the ropes, one on each side, while calling out "out."
9. Hop to one side so the right foot is in the middle and the other foot is on the outside of the ropes, then hop to the other side so the left foot is in the middle and the other foot is outside. Shout "side" with each hop.
10. Repeat Steps 1 and 2, shouting "in" and "out" with the corresponding moves.
11. Jump onto the rope with each foot landing on one side while calling out "on."
12. Move the rope up the legs gradually until the jumper misses. The jumper then changes places with a holder and the holder becomes the jumper.

How to Play Chinese Jump Rope
Demonstrate the jumps to any new players.
"In" means both feet inside the rope.
"Out" means both feet outside the rope, one on either side.
"Side" means both feet outside the rope on the same side, usually followed by a jump to the opposite side.
"On" means one foot on top of each side of the rope, pressing them to the ground.

Chant the steps in order as the player jumps them: In, out, side, side, on, in and out. For more advanced play, have one of the holders chant a random series that the player must follow

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How to Make a Chinese Jump Rope

Things You'll Need
36 Rubber Bands (At Least 3-Inches-Long)

1. Hold one rubber band loosely in one hand so that you can fit a finger into the center. Insert a second rubber band through the center of the first one about a third of the way. Then slip remaining part of the second rubber band around the side of the first rubber band and back through the center of itself. It will go into the loop inscribed by the first third. Pull the second rubber band all the way through so that it is tight. Two rubber bands will be linked together.

2. Continue chain-linking the rubber bands in the same way until all 36 rubber bands are connected in one long chain. The most difficult part of making a Chinese jump rope is to connect the first and last rubber bands so that the rope itself will be strong enough to stay linked during the game.

3. Connect the first and last rubber bands in the chain that will become your Chinese jump rope. Begin by pushing the last rubber band in the chain into the first one. It will seem that the entire rope is one very large rubber band going into the first one. Wrap the ends around the sides of the first rubber band, but do not pull the whole rope through the loop. Instead, pull the end of the last rubber band into the rope for the length of one rubber band only i.e. about 3 inches. Double it back through and around the first rubber band again. There will be close to two inches of rubber band available to tie around itself as when tying a knot in a piece of thread when sewing by hand. Tie a double knot.

4. Test the strength of your Chinese jump rope by stretching it out between two people. Then try putting around the ankles of two people and letting a third person jump in and out. One of the best things about this Chinese jump rope is that if it breaks while you are playing, all you need to do is to replace the rubber band that gave out. It is a cheap and easy toy to make yourself that you can continue to use for a long time.

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