Playing During Childhood: Clap for the Baby Lizard

Not wanting anything related to laziness of other children, Chijioke decided to go to the bush. It was a small shrub Yam behind the backyard wall of his family home. If his parents, especially his father, had supported him, they would have scolded him or used the long whip, which his hands loved to hide behind his broad back, to threaten the life of the newly transplanted tubers. But when Chigok decided, no one could find him to stop him.

What went in the bush, and the other children asked each other? His hands would weep with his butt if he found him trampling in the piles of soil where yam germinated within a few months. Children suspect that Chijioke will come out with something. He has a way with the bush. It can come out with a colorless brown grasshopper or a fat cheesy cricket or armed green mantis. Since none of the children were in a hurry, they waited.

A child who stumbled, Chijioke can stay in those bush until night falls. Before others could digest the terrible prediction made by the stutter, another child, the child named Otobu (because he had a large secret hernia) did not notice Shigyuk on the edge of the bush. His gaze fell on the creature Chijioke carried between his right fingers. "Lizard, baby lizard!" Otobo cried to hear everyone. On the announcement of the arrest of each child pay close attention. From nearby houses, many children came, even those who were too young to do more than crawl.

Hold Chijioke with a little strong grip. In the open space in the front yard of the family home, eleven children, including a couple of reptiles, rode their knees and formed a circle.

Gently, Chijioke lizard put the baby on the sandy ground. All children stared at him with compassion and excitement. It was a gray-skinned lizard with a flat belly and a triangular head, occupying half an inch above the ground. A voice was able to say, "Chijioke took you away from your mother, but the other children did not hear and did not respond.

Hours before sunset, and although the earth was hot, it was not unlikely, which made the orchid's belly a little warm - enough to irritate, but without causing damage. None of the children wanted to suffer the little creature. They considered him as weak as reptiles infants in their midst. If the bare knees could cope with the gentle heat of the sandy soil, they thought the baby lizard.

For a while, seeing all these children, the orchid was in shock and could not move. Then she regained some confidence and began to watch them, no doubt to judge whether they were distracted.

"Watch what you do," said a three-year-old boy. "She's getting ready to escape," another predicted. A third child said, "Let's pretend we're not here." Then there was silence among the children. There will be fun if the lizard does not run. The children wanted to turn it on so they could catch him and bring him back to the center of the circle.

They were preparing to grumble, to condemn the child's lizard as a weak and helpless creature, when suddenly he passed through the ring, down the leg of a reptile. Some children flew to get away from him. Others tried to capture it with their own hands. Zigzag, the lizard zapped under the legs of many children, behind Otubo. The lizards acquired a quick and short-term cycle by Chijioke, placing them back in the center of the circle.

A song broke out, "Clap for the baby lizard, - errente --- Put your hands together on the little lizard, errente --- lizard of the child who skipped walking, but instead became an expert runner, errente --- pee Paul, wrong, Paul Ha, wrong, Ha Paul, wrong. "

During the song, some children got up from kneeling to dancing, jumping on one leg, rotating legs, lifting their bodies in the air, while another group of children watched the orchid to make sure they did not escape, and I just tried to do it, so they could catch up singing, singing and dancing And play, over and over.

We didn't know why we played so much, but we did it; a lot of play in my childhood in the villages of Akokwa, Nigeria. Now we know. Play during childhood is an evolutionary development in origin and necessary for adequate growth of mind and body (Bjorklund & Pellegrini, 2000).