Mudcat Café message #2864103 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #46932   Message #2864103
Posted By: GUEST,Canadian Mom, Montreal
14-Mar-10 - 05:30 PM
Thread Name: Child's Game: Elastics
Subject: RE: Child's Game: Elastics
Just to keep this almost decade long thread going, I have a bit of information to add about the "levels" Of course you start from the ground up but the names were...

- feetsies (string around the "hookers'" feet)
- calfsies (string around the calves)
- kneesies (string around the knees)
- thighsies (string around the thighs)

Now, I don't think we got as high as hipsies but kids try all sorts of daring things! This was played in the multicultural Montreal elementary school I went to in the 80s.

After accidentally breaking my daughter's imported Cat's Cradle string (don't ask), I figured Elastics (created with a "knickers string" from a local sewing/crafting store) would be a peace offering!

Cost = $5 for 3 meters of string (That's about 10' for our US friends). It was the perfect length!

I don't know how I remembered the length to get but I pulled the knickers string to run along the width of my outstretched arms from fingertip to fingertip, then I measured half that length (which, again, came up to 3 meters of uninterrupted string in my case). Then I tied the two ends together and got to jumping!

I do remember us kids, back in the day, using the colored rubber bands which we found raiding our parents' offices or picking up elastics from the clothing stores our mom's dragged us to over the weekend.

I introduced her to B-I-N-G-O which is the only one I remembered. Hence the quest for this site...

Unlike Cat's Cradle, there's no books or DVDs that can be readily found on this game. This thread is quite helpful! Hope it goes the full 10 years...and more!