O my name is Ora
I live in Oaxaca City, Mexico
My friend’s name is Oelos
We like to play La Gallinita Ciega
We speak Spanish
And now we’ll say “Adios”
La Gallinita Ciega (The Blind Hen)
This is a terrific “getting to know you” game. Mark out an area to play the game. There should be enough room for all the children to run around but not get too far way. One player is chosen to be the hen. The hen is blindfolded and turned around a few times. The other players move about the area while the hen tries to catch one. The players can make noise or call out “You can’t catch me!” Once a player is caught, the hen tries to guess who it is. If the hen guesses correctly, the caught player is the new hen.
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.