In a world full of smart phones and tablets, it’s hard for millennials to connect to something that doesn’t require a charger. There was a time when eating dinner with your family, without your phone or iPad, was quality time. Remember when we used to speak to each other while not gazing down on our phone to see who text us?
It reminds me of the importance of family time, allowing us to bond and pass on traditions to the next generation, like our favorite childhood games.
For those of us who grew up before the days of the Internet and smart phones, (you know who you are) hand clapping games ruled the playground. Whether they were played outside during recess or on a long bus ride during a field trip, it was the #1 way to pass the time.
Nothing says childhood quite like a good hand-clapping game like “Miss Mary Mack, Mack, Mack” or “pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake.” And, who can forget about making fun of your friends’ by singing “Sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G?” Traditional childhood fun, right?
These days, not so much. In a high-tech, rushed, and over stimulated society, young kids don’t have to entertain themselves with hand-clapping games anymore.
Univision, the largest American Spanish language network, pushes parents to pledge 15 minutes a day to their little ones, whether it’s reading them a book or teaching them their favorite hand-clap game of “Mariposa.”
A hand-clapping game is an activity that brings kids together across multiple boundaries and beliefs. The hope is that these childhood diversions remain a part of the different cultures for a long, long time.
So come on! Let’s get our hand clapping game on and play concentration.
Source: Adeline Cruz-Phillips