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Simple, Fun Children’s Gymnastic Games

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In a system of gymnastics, games may be used for hygienic, developmental and educational purposes. For general hygienic ends their value is great, if for no other reason, than that it usually requires a large air space, often outdoors, to play them. On the other hand, the hygienic value of games is a doubtful one, because the movements occurring in games can only be predetermined in general. That means that they cannot be graded as to quantity or quality with exactness.

Exactness, however, in these two things, is an absolute necessity where gymnastics are given for hygienic ends. Such exactness being possible with formal gymnastic exercises, these therefore must always be given a preference where exactness in quantity and quality of exercise is desirable or necessary.

The same may be said to be true of the developmental effect of exercises occurring in games. If it be difficult to trace the effect, formal gymnastic movements have upon the development of this tissue or that organ, it is certainly impossible to exactly predict the effect which the unpredetermined movements in games might have. Formal gymnastics will always be far superior in this respect to games.

To turn to the educational purposes of games. They are mental and moral ones. Among the mental ones co-ordination should be separately considered. As far as some of the mental processes (to be mentioned hereafter) are serviceable to establish coordination, games may be said to help coordination. Games can, however not be arranged methodically for coordination purposes, for the simple reason that the movements occurring in them cannot be predetermined. The development of coordination power must, therefore, also be the domain of formal gymnastics.

What use games are in the moral training of children and youth has been enlarged upon by many authors in many places. Even that teaching has to be incidental, as the occasion for pointing a moral offers in the course of a game. The great value of games in this direction lies in the fact that most of the moral teaching reward for proper punishment for improper actions is self administered or then applied by pupil-companions and playmates, not by the teacher.

In any attempt to classify games for teaching purposes one should arrange them as to their difficulty. The movements not being predetermined, classification according to mechanical, physiological or moral principles will be impossible. Classification according to the apparatus the game is played with, as for instance, ball games, or according to the exercise most conspicuous within the games (as running games), is arbitrary, and for teaching purposes useless, for it classes together games of the most different grades of difficulty.

The mechanical difficulty might be approximately foreseen and games classified accordingly. Yet if we look closely, we find that most bodily movements occurring in games are in themselves extremely simple and easy of execution. What is it then that makes games differently difficult of execution? For that they do differ in difficulty, is at once clear. Little children do not attempt competitive games. Youth will not play complicated games, as baseball or football well. They are too difficult for them. If, then, the difficulty be not mechanical, it must be mental.

Before undertaking the task of classifying games according to mental difficulty for teaching purposes, we should ask, is it necessary to teach games? May not games be left to the play instinct of children?

Some examples of childrens gymnastic games:
i. HIPPITY HOP: The pupils form in line, one behind the other. At the word, to start, all follow the leader around the room, hopping on the left and right foot alternately.

2. SERPENTINE MAZE: The girls grasp hands firmly, then follow the leader or head of the line easily, without pulling or jerking. The leader, who should be the strongest and most skilful of the girls, leads her line about the playground, through many turns and windings, in the opposite direction to her column, forms a loop by passing through under the upraised arms of two of the players, then remains standing while her column forms a spiral around her.

This spiral is unwound by the last of the column starting and the others following her, or by the leader starting out from the center and leading her column back and forth through under the upraised arms of the followers.

3. SISTER PHOEBE: One impersonating the dame sits in a chair, the others, joining hands, form a ring and move around her slowly, chanting : “Old Sister Phoebe, how happy was she When she sat under the juniper tree.”

At the end of every chant a pause is made to allow one from those behind the sitter to withdraw and hide herself. This is repeated until the last has withdrawn. Sister Phoebe, whose sleeping had been soothed by the singing, awakens by the silence, rises, and looking anxiously around, calls loudly for her charge. At the call, all come running back with the joyous cry, “Heigh-ho! says Rollo.”

II. GENERAL IMITATION.
4. PLAYING CARS: Each player is given some part of a train to represent (the engine, whistle, passengers, conductor, etc.). Being arranged in order, the engine leading, they march or run around, each imitating the part he represents, stopping at stations, etc.

5. PLAYING HORSE: Several players represent horses and move around in imitation of them, while others, as drivers, have ropes attached to the horses or catch hold of some part of their clothing and drive them, imitating the various motions of a driver.

Malcolm Blake is interested in researching games, both for children and adults as well as new and old games. Recently he has researched popular top PSP games.

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Game Design – How to Become a Games Design Programmer

Many have expressed an interest in becoming a Game Design professional, so in this article we explore this exciting and rapidly growing career opportunity. We will show you just what a games design degree is, how it can help you, how to get that degree, and helpful resources for exploring this career option.

– So What Exactly is a Game Design Degree Anyways? –

If you have a deep passion for video games, and would love to join the industry, a games design degree can help turn these dreams into reality, giving you the skills, knowledge, and creative inspiration to become a top-notch games designer in the rapidly expanding interactive entertainment industry.

Degrees in Games design prepare students to join the companies that create the games they love, such as World of Warcraft, Halo, and Half Life. If the design and creation aspect of video games intrigue you, then getting a game design degree is definitely an option you should explore, as it will allow you to join the industry that creates that which you are so passionate about.

– What Will I Learn While Earning a Game Design Degree? –

You will learn an understanding of the fundamentals of all aspects of creating video games, to include programming, art and design. You will also have the opportunity to specialize.

Programming is of course the foundation of creating games, so acquiring knowledge in this area is one of the many benefits a games design degree will provide you. Game programmers are in extremely high demand, and typically command salaries averaging from $ 65,000 to $ 100,000 a year.

Equally important to programming in creating video games is art and design – and becoming a Game Artist is another career option that will be explored in the next issue. The majority of games design programs have a strong emphasis on graphics, art and design. Game Designers learn to develop animation in 2D and 3D.

– Besides Game Companies, Who Else Hires Those With a Game Design Degree? –

Most graduates of a video games design program will find employment in the video game industry; however, there are other options and career paths that you can consider. The educational industry hires video game designers to help meet the need for modern interactive educational software; language programs, reading programs and programs that help students to learn in an immersive, interactive setting are becoming the new standard. Government agencies and large companies are also hiring game designers to design training software. Finally, internet advertising agencies are also hiring game developers, in order to create interactive and animated ads that are engaging and entertaining.

– Is a Game Design Degree the Right Choice for Me? –

If you have a passion for games and love the thought of designing them, then yes. Earning a degree in video game design will help you develop the skills needed to achieve success in this arena, as well as fine-tune your own talent and creativity. You will need to develop good programming and design skills, and a good game design program will help you achieve that. If this is something you dream about, then starting a career in game design will in all likelihood be a perfect fit.

– Educational Programs in Game Design –

There are now literally dozens if not hundreds of game design programs – something to meet every need. If you want to earn your degree completely online, you can do that. If you simply want a certificate in order to get your foot in the door in a more entry-level capacity, such as a game test-developer, you can do that too (some of the best programmers don’t have full B.A. degrees; an AA or certificate is a valid option). Today, you can earn your degree online, at a local college or community college, at an institute that specializes in just game design, or a combination of all of the above.

We can provide you with free in-depth, excellent information of a wide range of programs available in both Game Design and Game Art. To learn more about how to get started in an exciting game design career, and becoming a games design professional, visit us today!

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