Part of Let Kids Play annual Holiday Toy Guide
Remember when you would spend hours jumping rope and doing rhythm songs? How about when you played Mother May I or Horseshoes? I have strong memories of skipping rope at school--but I don't remember how any of the songs went. I also have strong memories of playing with my cousins in their backyard just making up new rules to old games.
If you want to promote this type of free play, but are like me and having trouble remembering, here are some books that will help you teach your children the games we played as children.
The award-winning Sidewalk Games by Eeboo features games that have your child drawing, hopping, rolling & developing strategies. The Sidewalk Games set includes sidewalk chalk, a rolling coin, and easy to follow instructions.
Anna Banana: 101 Jump Rope Rhymes helps you remember the jump roping songs of your youth. Some may not be appropriate for this generation, but with 101 songs you can pick the best ones.
Here is the description from Booklist of another Sidewalk Games book "From Freeze Tag to Rooster Romp, this compact, uncomplicated title guides children through a wide assortment of playground games. The first three sections group games according to category: tag and running games, jump rope, and ball games. The final section, "Let's Compete," is more random, putting Limbo and Duck, Duck, Goose in the same section. Each game's description is brief, but it provides all the necessary instructions in clear, accessible language."
If you have a Kindle, here is a 99 cent book for you to check out: Games for Kids - 77 Exciting Indoor and Outdoor Games for Children - Free and Low Cost Fun Children's Play Activities for Boys and Girls! - For Any Child Age 5 and Up!