Sunday, November 27, 2011

Bamboo: A Global Game!

Mrs. Yollis' class is part of a global project called
Our World, Our Stories. 

One week was devoted to recess activities. Mrs. Yollis' class shared a video of a popular game called Bamboo:

Mrs. Watson's class, in Canada, liked the game and wanted to play. However, their bars were too tall. :-( That did not stop the Canadians! They adapted the game and renamed it Switch! Check it out!

A class at 2KM and 2KJ's school saw the video, realized they had the parallel bars at their school, and started playing. What is fabulous about this video is that the teacher, Mrs. deVries, joined in the fun! Way to go!

Bamboo 1 from Deb de Vries on Vimeo.

Inspired by Mrs. deVries, Mrs. Yollis took the bars for the first time! See how she did as she competes against one of her students! Sadly, Mrs. Yollis had to shout...Bamboo and the game was over.

Mrs. deVries will remain World Bamboo Champion 
~ Teacher Division ~

Thank you, Alexandra, for being a great videographer.  The video is very still and easy to watch!

Then the kids had fun playing.


Wait, who is that waiting her turn in line?

Go, Beverly, go!

Keep going, Beverly! You can win!

She tagged him! Beverly is victorious!

Do you play Bamboo?

Does your teacher?

Do you have any advice for new players, like Mrs. Yollis?


  1. Dear Mrs. Yollis,
    I love the videos of the kids playing bamboo. I don't remember playing bamboo when I was younger, but it sure looks like a lot of fun. I wonder where the game originated and how it got it's name? Maybe Panda could help answer my question. Thank you for this great blog that we all enjoy.

  2. Hi Mrs Yollis and class,

    Wow! You're really good at Bamboo! It really gets your heart rate going, doesn't it?
    Thanks for putting us on your blog and thanks again for teaching us such a great game. The students at Leopold are still playing it every day.

    your blogging buddy,
    Mrs de Vries

  3. Dear Mrs Yollis' class,

    I really loved this post! As Mrs de Vries said, the students at Leopold are crazy about Bamboo and they'e playing it every day.

    My favourite part of the video was seeing Beverly and Mrs Yollis both having a try. What a good sport Beverly is. It was so nice of her to wake up to play the game with you!

    Today 2KM and 2KJ went outside to play Bamboo. Miss Jordan and I were disappointed that we couldn't have a go as we were not dressed appropriately. We were both wearing skirts!

    I bet Panda can't wait until he can play Bamboo too. I'm curious, did Panda think of the name for this game?

    Your pal,
    Mrs M☀rris

  4. @ Jamie, (Ellie's dad)

    Glad you enjoyed the Bamboo videos from around the world. Once Mrs. de Vries, from Australia, gave it a try, I knew I had to as well!

    Next time you are at school, maybe you'd like to play?

    @ Mrs. de Vries, (Current Bamboo World Champion ~ Teacher Division)

    Thank you for your kind words about my ability. I tried my hardest but could not catch my student! After a long run, I ran out of gas and had to yell Bamboo! Thanks for your inspiration! It was fun!

    My students are so happy that students are playing the game at Leopold. It is a real workout!

    Congratulations of your World Class standing! :-)

    @ Mrs. Morris,

    This was such a fun post to do! Who knew Bamboo would be such a hit! I LOVED that Mrs. de Vries and her class joined the fun. That's what it's all about!

    I will be so excited to hear about your game. It's a fun game, but a lot of running and upper body strength! I'll have to give it another try someday. Perhaps you or Miss Jordan can take over as World Bamboo Champion ~ Teacher Division.

    I'm not sure how it got its name, but Panda approves!

    Your blogging buddy,
    Mrs. Y♥llis

  5. Hello all,

    What a wonderful update to the Bamboo post. :)

    Mrs. Watson's Class... Switch is a very creative variation of the game. I can see why you needed to adjust Bamboo because of the bar height.

    2KM and 2KJ - Mrs. de Vries was certainly speedy. Being taller must help.

    Mrs. Yollis's game - YAY MRS. YOLLIS! You were very fast. I think you would have easily beaten me.

    Ross Mannell (teacher)
    NSW, Australia

  6. Dear Mrs.Yollis,♥♥

    You did a really good job for your first time!I agree with Mrs.De Vries it really does get your heart pounding. I was getting really easy to get since I was getting a little bit tired of running, but I didn't want to give up! I was also a novice of Bamboo when I was in first grade. It gets really easy once you get the hang of it! It was and still is my favorite thing to do because I like to go against people. Bamboo has all of my favorite things together in one game, jumping, running, and competing! I hope to play against you soon!

    Your Student,
    Alyssa ♥ ♥

  7. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I love your post! It's so much fun watching you play Bamboo in person and on video!

    I do play Bamboo and in fact I played it today!

    Here is some advice for new players:

    • Always jump as high as you can. If you can't jump over the bar do a double jump, meaning you pump once and then jump.

    • Don't forget to breath because it gives you energy to stay in the game longer.


  8. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    What a great post and exciting videos!
    I am very impressed by your and Mrs. de Vries athletic
    abilities and am determined to give it a try too- maybe when no one is looking :0)
    When I was a little girl, our elementary school in Germany did not have a playground, but we played lots of jump rope and chasing games.

    Henny (Kelly's mom)

  9. Dear Mrs. Yollis

    WOW! You did a spectacular job playing Bamboo. Most kids don't play Bamboo, instead they like to hang on the bars. Hopefully we can see you play Bamboo again! Did you like Bamboo?


  10. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I really liked your video. I especially liked watching you play Bamboo. Did you like the game? I also thought it was great that other classes learned to play this game by watching our video.

    Some advice I can give to other players is to run fast and not get tired.


  11. I really liked your video. I especially liked watching you play Bamboo. Did you like the game? I also thought it was great that other classes learned to play this game by watching our video.

    Some advice I can give to other players is to run fast and not get tired.


  12. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    It was so much fun watching you play bamboo! You were so close to tagging Alyssa! You are really good at bamboo! A lot of kids think that adults can't play kid games, like bamboo, the bars, and the monkey bars. But you and Mrs. de Vries proved them wrong!

    Best wishes,


    Dear Beverly,

    You are an expert at bamboo! And thats a really big complement considering that your a bear! Maybe you can come out and play at recess sometime?


  13. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    Wow! You and Mrs. de Vries are the best teacher bamboo players ever! It gives you a lot of upper body strength. After a long game, my arms feel like gummy worms. I can barely hold my backpack after school!

    Go Beverly! Do you think Beverly won? She could of out smarted Trey and Aiden in bamboo.

    I agree with Mrs. Morris, Panda should go out and play. I think he would like it because it is called bamboo. At first, I think he might think he can eat it, but after seeing the bars, I think he will know how to play and not eat it.

    Mrs. Yollis, did you have fun playing bamboo?



  14. Hi Mrs Yollis and class,

    We play bamboo at our school to but we live in Australia. We think it's a pretty cool game! Who's in the teddy bear costume? Was it someone at your school or just someone random?

    From the Creative Team.

    P.S come and visit our bog sometime here's the link

  15. Dear 6ML's Creative Team,

    Wow, how cool that four classes at Leopold P.S have got involved in the game of Bamboo!

    2KM and 2KJ love playing Bamboo.

    The bear is actually called Beverly. She isn't a costume, she is a real bear! Beverly is good friends with our class mascot, Leo.

    Best wishes,
    Mrs M☀rris


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