Game names (and types): 'Skipping' (skipping games), 'Fish and Snap Cards' (card and board games), 'Hidey' (hiding games), 'Swimming', 'Riding a Bike' (physical play), 'Dolls' (play with toys), 'Knucklebones' (knucklebones), 'Tiggy Touchwood', 'Scarecrow' (chasing games), 'Statues' (elimination game), 'Hand Tennis', 'Soft Ball', 'Queenie', 'French English', 'Blow Ball', 'Broken Bottle' (ball games), 'Three Legged Race', 'Races', 'Egg and Spoon Race' (running games), 'Brandy', 'Chasey' (chasing games), 'Fly' (play with props/equipment), 'Climbing Trees' (play with plants/garden materials), 'Simon Says', 'Do This Do That' (games of obedience), 'Jack Jack', 'Cat and Mouse' (unknown types)
Alternative types: play with props/equipment, circle games

Handwritten list of games compiled for Dr Dorothy Howard by Gaye Adams, a student at Collier Primary School, in 1955.

One of a collection of letters describing a children's games written to children's Folklorist Dorothy Howard between 1954 and 1955. Dr Howard came to Australia in 1954-55 as an American Fulbright scholar to study Australian children's folklore. She travelled across Australia for 10 months collecting children's playground rhymes, games, play artefacts, etc. This letter, together with the other original fieldwork collected by Dr Howard during this period, is preserved in the Dorothy Howard Collection manuscript files, part of the Australian Children's Folklore Collection (ACFC), Archive Series 3. The ACFC is an extensive collection documenting children's folklore and related research.

Physical Description

Handwritten list of games in pencil on lined paper. Text printed on one side only.

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