King’s Corner is played with five children in a schoolyard. One large square is drawn in chalk on the ground. Four children stand on one of the corners of the square. The fifth player is “It”. “It” stands in the middle of the square. The four corner players attempt to trade places without being tagged by the fifth player, or without vacating a corner long enough for “It” to stand in the vacant corner. If a corner player is tagged or stranded without a free corner to stand in, he/she becomes the new “It”. Common strategy is to try to swap corners while the player who is “it” is chasing other players who are trying to swap corners.
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.