Timeless Running Games – Part 1
You probably remember playing them as a child and they are still around today. The
running games with the simplest of rules (like tag) that require nothing more than space,
imagination, and energy. These games don’t need any preparation and can be played
Red light, green light is a game where one person is “it” and the rest of the children have
to try and sneak up. The child that is “it” stands at least 20 feet away from the other
children. When they are ready to start they turn their back towards the kids and yell
green light. All the kids run towards “it” until he or she turns around and says red light.
Everyone must freeze, if anyone moves they have to go back to the beginning. The
purpose is to reach the person who is it while they have their back turned during green
light. Whoever reaches “it” first gets to play the traffic light in the next round.
Mr. Wolf is a game that is set-up similar to Red light, green light. The child who is “it”
is Mr. Wolf. The rest of the children ask, “What time is it Mr. Wolf?” and then take the
appropriate number of steps depending on what time it is. For instance if Mr. Wolf said
it was three o’clock than all the children would take three steps towards him. This
continues until Mr. Wolf decides that it is lunch time. When the children ask what time it
is and Mr. Wolf replies, “It’s lunch time!” Everyone runs away, the person Mr. Wolf
catches is the new Mr. Wolf.
Children love the anticipation of being chased especially if they don’t know when it is
going to happen. If the same children are always “it” you may want to step in to make
sure everyone has a turn.
The Climate of the Philippines is either tropical rainforest, tropical savanna or tropical monsoon, or humid subtropical (in higher-altitude areas) characterized by relatively high temperature, oppressive humidity and plenty of rainfall. There are two seasons in the country, the wet season and the dry season, based upon the amount of rainfall. This is dependent as well on your location in the country as some areas experience rain all throughout the year.
Based on temperature, the seven warmest months of the year are:
- from March to October; the winter monsoon brings cooler air
- from November to February
- May is the warmest month
- January, the coolest
There are four recognized climate types in the Philippines, and they are based on the distribution of rainfall (See the Philippine Climate Map). They are described as follows:
Type I. Two pronounced season: dry from November to April and wet during the rest of the year.
Type II. No dry season with a pronounced rainfall from November to January.
Type III. Seasons are not very pronounced, relatively dry from November to April, and wet during the rest of the year.
Type IV. Rainfall is more or less evenly distributed throughout the year.
Relative humidity is high in the Philippines. A high amount of moisture or vapor in the air makes hot temperatures feel hotter. This quantity of moisture is due to different factors - the extraordinary evaporation from the seas that surrounds the country on all sides, to the different prevailing winds in the different seasons of the year, and finally, to the abundant rains so common in a tropical country. The first may be considered as general causes of the great humidity, which is generally observed in all the islands throughout the year. The last two may influence the different degree of humidity for the different months of the year and for the different regions of the Archipelago.