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A girl's game involving two people standing opposite one another with a long loop of dressmaker's elastic around their ankles, while a third person performs a complicated series of hops and jumps, chanting appropriate rhymes.

When finished, the height of the elastic is raised to knees, then thighs, then waist. At this point someone is usually accidentally kicked in the face.

The contributor played this game at school extensively between 1982 and 1985. A colleague from the Midlands claims it was referred to there as 'French Elastics', but at her school, in North London, it was just 'lastics.

Al sent the following:

This game is still current: I called it French skipping at school in the 1970s, and recently bought my kids an elastic for it from a firm which claimed it comes originally from China... they also sell long elastics for it in the Early Learning Centre... yes, the getting kicked in the face bit is right, and I remember nosebleeds caused by clashing nose to knee...

(ed: it was just 'lastics when my wife was in school in South Wales too!

Source: UK (SE)