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Hand-clapping games are played in schoolyards everywhere, in every language. Eventually they can find their way into your home. They help people (yes, parents too) with eye-hand coordination, rhythm, motor skills and have been shown to effectively reduce anxiety and stress.

These games have been around for centuries and continue to provide kids with hours of healthy fun. Too often they are primarily encouraged for girls. Make this a family thing – really bonding parents and kids in the fun.

Today’s Parent Magazine has given you 10 classic hand-clapping games to teach your kid.

The New York Times article, Around the World in 5 Kids’ Games, offers five games from around the world.

Enjoy. (Dad! Show them you’ve got what it takes too.)