G my name is Grazia
I live in Genoa, Italy
My friend’s name is Guido
We like to play Regina Regina Bella
We speak Italian
And now we’ll say “Addio!”
Regina, Regina Bella
This game requires a minimum of 4 players minimum, although more is better. One player is chosen to be the “Regina” (“Queen”), who stands facing the others across the playground. The other children chant:
“Regina Regina bella,
quanti passi devo fare per arrivare al tuo castello
con la fede, con l’anello, con la punta del coltello?”
(“Beautiful, beautiful Queen, how many steps do I have to take to get to your castle with the faith, with the ring, with the tip of the knife?”)
The Queen then calls out both a number and the name of an animal. The children must take that many steps toward her, walking in imitation of the animal named. The first child to reach the queen wins.
Welcome to my 2019 Blogging A-Z Challenge. Each day in the the month of April (except Sundays), I will bring you a memory of games and a jump rope song. It is similar to the classic A My Name Is… Do you recognize the chant? A world of children will greet their friends and skip through the alphabet alliterating their name, a friend’s name, and their home city. They will also state their country, the language they speak, and their favorite game. Descriptions of the games are included. I chose games that are played on playgrounds or streets where children negotiate their teams and terms. You may recognize your favorite games that differ only in name. As the alphabet progresses, it becomes apparent that the pursuit of laughter and fun are universal.
Antoinette Truglio Martin is the author of Hug Everyone You Know: A Year of Community, Courage, and Cancer. The memoir is a wimpy patient’s journey through her first year of breast cancer treatment.