Recommended age: 4 +
This classic game of French skipping is a great activity to encourage your child to get active. The game is typically played by three or more players using this stretchy loop of elastic. Two players face each other about 1.5 metres apart and position the string around their ankles so that it is taut. A third player stands between the two sides of the rope and accomplishes a series of increasingly difficult moves. If they do so without making an error, the position of the string is moved upwards, from ankle and in graduations to shoulder height.
If the jumper makes a mistake, players rotate their positions and the next player becomes the jumper. Once the player is finished, that person switches with one of the other people, and so on, until everyone has been able to play.
French elastics terms
There are some words to describe the jumps and rhymes:
“IN” – Jump with both feet together inside the elastic.
“ON” – Jump with both feet on top of the elastic. The left foot lands on the left elastic; the right foot lands on the right elastic.
“OUT” (or outside) – Jump with both feet together from the middle to the outside of the elastic. Feet land together on one side.
“STRADDLE OUT” – Jump and straddle! The left foot lands outside the left side of the elastic. The right foot lands outside the right side of the elastic.
“SIDE JUMP” – Start with the left foot outside the elastic and the right one inside. Now jump so that the left is now inside the elastic and the right it outside.
Jumpers call the steps out loud while jumping. Calling helps the jumper to remember the sequence of the jumps!
One of the most popular rhymes is a favourite in the playground:
‘England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales
Inside, outside, inside, on!’
You will have fun finding more rhymes and chants, or remembering rhymes from your own childhood, to pass down to your children and their friends.
Classic and timeless games from Moulin Roty
This game would make a great small gift, stocking filler or birthday party gift.
The French elastics are part of the Les Jeux range from Moulin Roty, which are classic and timeless toys that have been brought up to date. They belong to everyone’s memories that accompany our childhoods.
Designed and made in France by Moulin Roty.