"But we don't have jump ropes".
"Get in the car. We're going to find skipping ropes. What do you mean you don't have skipping ropes???"
"Just don't do that anymore."
"Oh YES you do!"
Do you think we could find skipping ropes...the good "plasticy" kind that we used for 'double dutch' when we were kids??? You need a 14 foot good quality 'rope' to jump. After several fruitless attempts, we got two seven foot ropes in a party packagers shop and tied them together. The knot in the middle is awful, but it works...sort of. The ropes were so cheap the handles flew off in the first five minutes, but I didn't let that stop the game.
Plastic wound around our hands, we jumped to a variety of 'songs' that have been massively changed since I did this activity every day, but it was still fun and might I say pretty exhausting. I was begging to be an "ever-ender" in the first five minutes.
I truly believe that we can solve the problem of child inactivity if they just had a skipping rope. Take a look at these marvelous girls. Don't you think that the half time show at all sporting events should be like this? The Navy obviously does.
Hopefully you have time and patience to watch this clip until the end. It gets pretty darn amazing. Next time you try out a rope yourself, you'll so appreciate the athleticism required for this activity.
It's a sad commentary when you can't go to a local shop and buy a skipping rope! Now of course it's all on-line, but hey, good for them!
Hat Tip: Helen B.
Photo credit: http://www.startskipping.com.au/About%20Us.htm