Thursday, August 18, 2011

High Five card - origins and history of giving high fives

How about a high five for school starting, and a high five for our teachers!  My kindergartner has been very excited about school, and wanted to make his teacher a card.  He grabbed crayons and card stock and started tracing his hand.  I gave him some scissors, and a craft stick...and this "High Five" card for his teacher was created! 

Love crafts that are 100 % kid created! 
My guy set out the supplies,
made the card, and did the clean up
(with three reminders, but who's counting?)

We give each other a lot of high fives around here.  It gives the kids a chance to be physical in an appropriate way!  We were curious about how and why high fives were created, so we did a little research.

The high five is a celebratory hand gesture and usually comes after one yells "give me five" or "high five". 

Just in case you've never had the privilege of seeing or doing one, a quick definition: 
two people (at the same time) raise one hand and push or slap the flat of their palm and hand against the palm and flat hand of their partner. 

High fives are used a lot with athletics, which explains why my household of six, four of them guys, love this gesture!

I discovered several origins of the high five, but the two most documented cases are Glenn Burke of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team (1977) and Wiley Brown/Derek Smith of the Louisville Cardinals basketball team (1978).  Surprise, surprise...all males.  I love boys, but I've concluded after being a married gal with all brothers and three sons, males really don't outgrow the physical urge to mess with each other - and high fives let them do it! 

Ever miss hands when attempting a high five?  Be cool, and say you were just doing an "air five" (same concept, but you don't actually touch hands).

Air Five...or how about digi five?!


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