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[[Image:leapfrog_in_harlem.jpg|thumb|300px|Children playing leapfrog in a [[Harlem, New York|Harlem]] street, ca. 1930.]]
'''Leapfrog''' is a [[children's game]] in which players vault over each other's stooped [[back]]s. The first participant rests hands on knees and bends over, which is called ''giving a back''. Games of this sort have been called by this name since at least the late sixteenth century.<ref>[http://dictionary.oed.com/cgi/entry/50131022?query_type=word&queryword=leapfrog&first=1&max_to_show=10&sort_type=alpha&result_place=1&search_id=EXSY-9OcaO9-12566&hilite=50131022 Leap-frog, ''n''], ''[[Oxford English Dictionary]]''. Accessed [[2008-10-21]].</ref>
The next player places hands on the first's back and leaps over by straddling legs wide apart on each side. On landing he stoops down and a third leaps over the first and second, and the fourth over all others successively. The number of participants is not fixed.
When all the players are stooping, the last in the line begins leaping over all the others in turn. They also played this in colonial America.
The French version of this game is called ''saute-mouton'' (literally "leapsheep"), and the Romanian is called ''capra'' ("mounting rack" or "goat"). In the Japanese version (called '''馬跳び''' ''うまとび'' ''umatobi'', literally "horseleap"), one player 'leaps' over the backs of the other players who stoop close enough to form a continuous line.
==See also==
* [[Frog-march]] (other motions resembling a frog's, but not jumping)
[[Category:Children's games]]
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