Queimada is Portuguese for “burned”. This game is similar to dodge ball and is best played in a field where there is lots of room.The children divide into two teams. A cemetery is designated for each team on the ends of the field. One player from each team stays inside the cemetery. The game begins when a players in one cemetery throw a ball to the other side of the field. Players from the other team must catch the ball then throw it at one of the opposing players. If a ball hits a player, the player is is “dead”. She must go to the cemetery. The game finishes when all of the players on one side are “dead.”
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.