Sometimes, Vietnamese children use a small piece of fruit in place of a ball. Photo: Grace Norman.
This game of jacks teaches counting and hand-eye coordination skills...and it's good for lots of laughs!
Have the class go to the playground or play in a large open
space. Divide the class into groups of three. Give each group a rubber ball or tennis
ball and ten chopsticks. Each child in the group will have a turn. Demonstrate how the game is played:
- The first child in the group will take the bundle of 10
chopsticks and spread them on the ground. Sitting down in front of the
group of sticks, throw the ball up (not too high). Quickly pick up one
chopstick and then catch the ball, allowing the ball to bounce just
once. Continue the game until all the sticks are retrieved one at a
time. If the person cannot pick up the chopstick or misses the ball,
his/her turn is ended. If the person successfully picks up the ten
sticks he/she goes on to the next step.
- The next step is picking up chopsticks by two's. Then picking up
chopsticks by three's, then by four's, five's, sixes, seven's, eight's
nine's, and all ten.
- After all these steps have been completed, the player will hold all
ten chopsticks in one hand and tap them on the ground three times while
the ball bounces once.
- The first player to complete all these steps wins the game!