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Choreographed Games Jack Be Nimble

( Choreographed, Command and Response, Physical Contest )

This game is suitable for very little children. Some small object about six or eight inches high is placed upright on the floor to represent a candlestick. This may be a small box a book bottle or anything that will stand upright or a cornucopia of paper may be made to answer the purpose. The players run in single file and jump with both feet at once over the candlestick while all repeat the old rhyme —

“Jack be nimble
Jack be quick
And Jack jump over the candlestick.”

When there are more than ten players it is advisable to have several candlesticks and several files running at once. In the schoolroom there should be a candlestick for each two rows of players and these should encircle one row of seats as they run.

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