Game names (and types): 'Marbles' (marbles), Monopoly, 'Chinese Checkers' (board games), 'Dolls', 'Darts' (play with toys), 'Cowboys and Indians', 'Fashion Parades', 'Schools', 'Mummies and Daddies' (imagination games), 'Chase the Cop', 'Tigy Tigy' [Tiggy Tiggy], 'Touch Wood', 'Chasey', 'Scare crow' (chasing games), 'Treasure Hunt', 'Hidy' [Hidey], 'Hidy in the Dark', 'Murder in the Dark' (hiding game), 'Jumping' (jumping game), 'Red Rover', 'Football' (ball games), 'Simon Says' (games of obedience), 'Stepping the Eggs', 'Top the Clown' (unknown types)
Alternative types: play with props/equipment, dramatic play, war games, running games

Handwritten list of games compiled for Dr Dorothy Howard by Dianne Baker, presumably 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. Annotation in blue pencil on lower portion.

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