Timeless Running Games – Part 2
Some running games are best done in teams of four or more children per team. These are
great activities for a summer birthday party of if a large group is meeting up at a local
park. These games involve all of the children and no one is going to feel left out.
Red Rover is a game made up of two teams with equal numbers on both sides. The two
teams face each other in a line holding hands with their team members space about 20
feet apart. The first team calls over to the other team, “Red rover, red rover, we call
child’s name over.” Once a child’s name is called, they run towards the other team trying
to break the link of two children holding hands. If the running child is successful and is
able to run through he or she gets to return to their team. If the running child is
unsuccessful and can’t break through the held hands, they then join that team. This
continues back and forth until there is only one team left or a halt is called to the game.
Soccer is always popular and everyone knows the basic rules. If there are no nets, make
some with either rocks, natural posts such as trees or use outdoor toys. The same idea
can apply to football, don’t worry if you don’t have the right kind of ball anyone will do
– kids have great imaginations.
Or run just for the sake of running by having a relay race. You can use sticks as the
batons or get more creative. Have the kids say silly word or a joke as the pass-off instead
of physically passing something back and forth. Or it can be a getting to know you came,
each kid has to tell their partner something about themselves for the pass-off.
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.