RELOJ – A Long Rope Challenge From PERU

Each year our international games unit continues to be a student favorite. We search for popular activities from around the globe, then introduce them to our students. This year we played a long jump rope game called RELOJ, which is a Spanish word for clock.

RELOJ is based on the twelve numbers on a clock.

Watch the video and see the written instructions below the video.

Competitive Version

  • Create groups of 6-8.
  • 2 students turn the rope while the rest of the group lines up to take turns jumping.
  • The first jumper enters the turning rope and says, “one o’clock.” After jumping the rope one time, the jumper exits the rope.
  • The second jumper immediately enters saying, “two o’clock,” jumps twice then exits.
  • This continues all the way to twelve o’clock.
  • If a jumper fails to jump the rope then he/she is out and the next jumper enters the rope picking up with the same number the previous jumper was unable to complete.
  • If there are still multiple jumpers remaining after twelve o’clock, then the game goes back to one o’clock and continues until there is one person left.
  • Change rope turners after each round.

Cooperative Version

  • The setup is the same as the competitive version.
  • The goal is for the group to go from one o’clock to twelve o’clock.
  • If a jumper misses, then he/she takes over for one of the rope turners. The next time a jumper misses, he/she replaces the other turner.

I played this game with my 4th and 5th-grade students. It’s imperative that your students have previous experience turning a long rope with a steady and smooth rhythm as well as jumping in and out of the turning rope. Don’t try to teach them to run before they’re able to walk.

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8 Ways You Can Teach Your Kids to Live Healthy Lives

Please welcome Amanda Henderson as a guest writer for Keeping Kids in Motion. Amanda is both a mom to two rambunctious boys and a preschool teacher, so she knows from experience how quickly a situation can become unsafe. She created and writes for Safe Children to educate parents on how to keep their children safe while also having fun. Greetings Amanda and thank you for your helpful words.

8 Ways You Can Teach Your Kids to Live Healthy Lives

by Amanda Henderson

Starting a healthy lifestyle for the first time as an adult can be challenging, and it requires maximum effort. However, if you teach your children what it takes to live a healthy life from a young age, you save them from the struggle of breaking many bad habits. Here are eight simple ways you can help your kids learn to be health-conscious.

1. Prioritize Mental Health

When you talk about being healthy, mental health should come up as often as physical health. Children can also face depression, anxiety, and other mental health struggles. When you see them facing these challenges, teach them to ask for help and reach out to professionals. You can access virtual mental health services and get them the help they need from the comfort of home. Research shows it’s faster and often cheaper than in-person treatment. You also have more professionals and specialties to choose from online. Many even offer free consultations so you find the right fit at no additional cost.

2. Develop Their Leadership Skills

Help your children develop leadership skills by being a leader yourself. When your kids see you making choices to support your mental and physical health, it teaches them to be a leader in their own lives as well. They learn to value integrity, and that naturally creates leaders. When they see you actively seeking positive change, they will as well, and that characteristic will naturally motivate people.

3. Get Them Outside for Exercise

Nurture your child’s natural inclination to spend time outside. They’ll get physical exercise and develop a rich imagination. Go out with them and find new outdoor activities you can all enjoy. For example, take hiking trips together or forge through the trees around your house. If they love to swim, make that a typical part of the summer break routine. Just walking helps children develop better coordination, strengthen muscles, and improve overall physical fitness while also providing many potential mental health benefits. Find an area in your town with a high Walk Score (70 and above is preferable) and try to take a stroll every couple of days. Visit Keeping Kids in Motion for more ideas and resources on how to prioritize fitness for children!

4. Have Open Conversations About the Hard Stuff

When your children reach a certain age, it may be time to talk about the dangers of drugs and other addictive substances. Avoid accusatory language and over-exaggerating your distaste for these substances. You’ll get much further by talking to them like young adults rather than lecturing. If they engage and ask questions, answer honestly, and don’t be afraid to ask them what they already know. If you keep an open dialogue, they’ll feel more comfortable coming to you about challenging subjects.

5. Find Suitable Health Insurance

Health insurance is essential for protecting your family’s health and finances, providing peace of mind in the event of illness or accident. Finding health insurance for your family can be made easier by researching different plans online, speaking with a qualified insurance agent, and utilizing helpful comparison tools to find the best coverage for your needs. If you don’t get insurance through your employer, you can find policies through the Affordable Care Act, Freelancers Union, or Medicaid.

6. Teach Them to Read a Nutrition Label

You’d be surprised how many adults have no idea how to read a nutrition label. If you start teaching them early about making healthy food choices and what to look for when shopping, you can help them avoid some serious health issues. Allow them to practice with you on grocery trips so they can understand the correlation between food and health.

7. Involve Them in Keeping a Clean Home

Teaching your kids the importance of keeping a clean home involves setting a good example and providing specific instructions, clear expectations, and positive reinforcement. Try to involve them in your cleaning and decluttering efforts. If you turn cleaning into a game, kids will be more likely to participate.

8. Teach Them About Oral Hygiene

Oral hygiene is so often overlooked and so important to overall wellness. Teach your kids to brush twice daily and floss every night. Provide them with all the tools they need and start as soon as they are old enough to understand.

Once you start your health journey with your children, remember that everything is better in moderation. If you push too hard, you may lead them in the opposite direction. Whether you’re teaching them leadership skills, finding the right health insurance for your family, or getting them outside for a walk, let them make their own choices, and they’ll often make the right ones. 

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ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS Baseball – No Equipment Necessary – Plus a bonus game

Many of my favorite games are ones that require little or no equipment. These games are perfect for instant activities, where the students see the game on a screen or whiteboard and immediately take action. Have you ever gone through your lesson and realized you still have a few minutes left in class? Activities with limited equipment are perfect “back pocket” games you can quickly pivot to in such situations.

Rock, Paper, Scissors Baseball is a popular instant activity and a game I always keep in my back pocket. It has all the ingredients required for my students:

  • Simple and engaging
  • Action-packed
  • Limited setup
  • FUN!

I play Rock, Paper, Scissors Baseball both inside and outside.


I place one cone in each corner of the room for the bases. However, you really don’t even need cones. Corners of the room work just fine.

How to play:

  • Determine which cone or corner is the first base.
  • All students begin at home base. For larger classes, you can divide the students into four groups. Send each group to a different corner. Wherever a student begins determines their home base.
  •  Play rock, paper, scissors, against another player.
  • If you win, advance to the next base. If you lose, stay at the base and find a different player to challenge.
  • How many times can you make it all the way around the bases?

BONUS GAME – Rock, Paper, Scissors Baseball – Fitness Edition

This version requires a little more setup as seen in the video. Choose four exercises, one for each base. Students perform the exercise while playing RPS. It’s not perfect, especially the squats, but it engaging for the students and a whole lot of fun to watch.

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