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Thinking beyond hopscotch as it pertains to driveway chalk games. :)

Would you believe that kids don’t jump rope as much as they used to? I decided to try and do something about it.

12 Jun, 2010

You’re IT

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Archive of playground games

My recent post about freeze-tag reminded me of something… when you were a kid and you were playing these kind of tag games, what method did you use to figure out who was going to be “it” ? In my day someone would quickly call out “KING COUNTER NO HIGHER NO LOWER” and thus nominate […]

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This week’s activity was a doozy, and I was wholly unprepared: Organize a scavenger hunt in your neighbourhood and recruit a few families to participate. 83% of youth in Canada report that their neighbourhood is safe for younger children to play outside.  I’m wondering, if the majority of Canadians surveyed think that their neighborhoods are safe, […]

31 May, 2009

Playground terminology question

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Archive of playground games

There was a recent Twitter-based discussion which I thought deserved a few more opinions. Imagine this scene. You’re pushing your child on the swing. You give him/her a big push, the kind that has you walking under the swing while the kid (presumably still in the swing) is overhead. There is a special term for […]


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