Walking past the kids' school the other day, I realized that in none of the six years my oldest has been there, has jumprope (or skipping as they call it here) been a thing.
When I was growing up, playground activities seemed to cycle around. I could be wrong of course; I did go to about seven different schools in seven different countries. But I'm pretty sure I'm not.
For a period of time, jumprope would be the in thing. Then maybe it would be Dodgeball or Bullrush. A month or so later, that would become unpopular again and maybe elastics would be the big lunchtime game.
But somehow, it always seemed to cycle back to jumprope. I remember long tournaments where multiple people would run in and out of the spinning ropes. I remember learning the coordination needed to turn the ropes for double-dutch, and the rhythm to skip it. There were hundreds of different rhymes to scream out s you jumped, and rules for getting in and out of the jump-zone.
Jumprope was fun and I'm sure were all fitter as a result of doing it.
I wonder why kids don't still do it…. Or is it just my kids' school? Do your kids still jumprope?