Schoolyard Games

I’ve been dreaming about this show for years! Zak Smith, our primary P.E. teacher, and I started by asking our Grade 2 and 3 students if they knew any clapping and skipping games from our schoolyard. “Lemonade,” “TicTacToe,” and “Stella Ella” were our favourites. Next Zak and I wrote our students’ families and invited them to share schoolyard games from their childhoods. The student whose families shared a schoolyard game became the expert and taught us the games and all the words to the songs (we learned games in Spanish, Urdu, Marathi, Mandarin, and Brazilian). We shared these games on an outdoor stage on our schoolyard and then invited all of the JLPS students, staff, and community members in the audience to play them with us!