Summer is for staying up late and sleeping in. It’s also time to get outdoors and play, not virtually, for a change. Go old school and turn to classic lawn toys to close that generation gap between you and your kids. One of these favorites is the jump rope, which is seen in medieval paintings. Although its exact origin is not known, it may very well go back to ancient Egypt. It rose in popularity as a children’s toy in the 1940s and 1950s and again coming back in the 1970s. In 2000, the jump rope was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame.
Today jumping rope has become a competition sport as well as a form of aerobic workout. It’s a great way to get the kids to exercise during this lazy time of year, but you don’t have to tell them that; we just want to play. You only need a rope and most anyone can join in the fun. You can even make this cute version with your kids. Let’s get started.
What you need:
-Rope (smooth nylon works best about 3/8” diameter)
– 2 dried up/old markers
– needle nose pliers
– safety/barbecue lighter
1. Measure your rope by letting a length hang in front of you so it should have a little slack.
2. Be sure to add the length of the marker to the total length of your rope. Cut.
3. Uncap the markers and set caps aside.
4. With your blade, gently pry off the closed end of the marker.
5. Pull out the dry ink tubes and the marker tip with a needle nose.
6. Stand the tube upright and insert the needle nose (or a large screw driver) through the end from which the marker tip was.
7. Tap the needle nose through until the inner structure comes off.
8. Do the same with the caps.
9. Replace caps and thread rope through markers.
10. Measure for the second time by stepping on middle of rope. The marker handles should come up almost to your or your child’s shoulder.
11. Knot off the end and trim off excess.
12. Singe the ends with safety lighter to keep the rope from unraveling.
Now, how many jumps can you make? Kids vs. parents. Ready? Set? Play! Now try Double Dutch.
All month long, this July, “Get Pop-Cultured” with your local Barnes and Noble with daily events. Most notable for our little project is their Throwback Thursdays. Coming up on July 2nd you can go back to the 1950s and explore books, fashion and most especially, toys from that decade. Take your kids and dress up for their costume contest and hula-hoop contest. Click here to find your nearest store and see the complete lineup.
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