W my name is Wiktoria
I live in Warsaw, Poland
My friend’s name is Wikor
We like to play Klasy
We speak Polish
And now we’ll say “Do Widzenia“
Klasy is similar to the American game, Hopscotch. The above Klasy board is drawn with chalk on a sidewalk or asphalt grounds. The first player throws a rock into the box labeled “1”. She must hop into the box on one foot to pick up the rock. Now she must continue to hop on the same foot into each box in numerical order. Stay balanced! Do not step on a line! If successful, she may throw the rock to the next number and continue hopping through the boxes. If the player is unable to hop through the whole board, the next player may have a turn. The player who finishes the whole board first is the winner.
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.