X my name is Xiang
I live in Xiamen, China
My friend’s name is Xia
We like to play Cat and Mouse
We speak Mandarin
And now we’ll say “Nǐ hǎo péngyǒu“
Cat and Mouse
One child is chosen to be the Cat (the chaser) and one child is chosen to become the Mouse. All the other children form a circle, holding hands. The Mouse stands inside the circle while the Cat stands outside.
The children move in a circle while calling out the following rhyme:
“What time is it?”
“Just struck nine.”
“Is the cat at home?”
“He’s about to dine.”
The children stop moving at the end of the rhyme. The Cat can now chase the Mouse, weaving in and out of the ring of children. The Cat MUST follow the Mouse’s path. When he catches the Mouse he pretends to “eat” him. Two more children take a turn.
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.