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June 25th, 2013 at 5:01 am

Traditional Outdoor Games in Spanish

With the start of summer and the end of the school year, I find myself searching for fun activities to keep my children entertained. I don’t mind them watching a little bit of television, but I don’t want them to think that’s the only thing to do during their long summer break. That’s why I recently racked my brain trying to remember the childhood outdoors games I used to play when I was growing up back in Latin America.

I have taught my kids all about them and now whenever they get together with other bilingual kids like them they play at least one of them. Check them out:

Juguemos en el bosque — Kids hold hands and walk around in a circle singing the following: “Juguemos en el bosque mientras que el lobo no está” (let’s play in the woods while the wolf is gone) and then they ask: “¿lobo estás?” (wolf are you around?). Then whomever is playing the wolf answers that he’s not ready because he’s getting dressed, but he goes through each garment of clothing until he’s finally ready and goes running after one of the kids.

1-2-3 Pescao or 1-2-3 pollito inglés — A child stands on the finish line while all the others stand several feet behind me. He has to turn around and counts to three saying, 1, 2, 3 pescao. He turns around and everyone has to freeze, whomever moves goes back to the beginning. The first one to get to the child on the finish line without getting caught wins.

Jumping rope — I have many awesome childhood memories of rope jumping and the songs we used to sing while doing it. My favorite one goes something like this:

“Manzanita del Perú,

¿cuántos años tienes tú?

Todavía no lo sé

Pero pronto lo sabré

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6….”

Roxana A. Soto es cofundadora de SpanglishBaby, el sitio en línea para padres que están criando niños bilingües y biculturales. Actualmente está escribiendo su primer libro, basado en su blog, que será publicado en septiembre. Roxana también es redactora de MamásLatinas.

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