Simple Pleasures – The Ball-on-the-end-of-a-string thing

Not sure who or when someone came up with the idea of putting a ball on the end of a string which was attached to a hoop that was put around your foot.

Certainly, there was a product in 1966 called Ippyop, costing 2/6d and with the claim of ‘the new skipp-with-a-ball game.

ball on a string thing | Spring Chicken

By 1970 Mettoy had launched Roto-Skip as ‘it’s new, the latest playground game’. Other versions followed, like Footsie, Foot Hopper and then in 1991, an adjustable skipping rope thing. Probably about time to revive the skip hopper footsie bandwagon.

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