Game names (and types): 'Skippy' (skipping game), 'Dolls' (play with toys), 'Fish', 'Grab', 'Old Maid' (card games), 'Snakes and Ladders', 'Ludo' (board games), 'Hidey', 'Treasure Hunt', (hiding games), 'Marbles' (marbles), 'Chasey', 'Tiggy Tiggy', 'Touchwood', 'Scarcrow' [Scarecrow] (chasing games), 'Shuttlecock', 'Ball', 'Table Tennis', 'Tennis', 'Red Rover', 'Queeny','Broken Bottle' (ball games), 'Drop the Hanky' (circle game), 'Riddles' (language play), 'Simon Says' (games of obedience), 'Film Stars' (imitation play), 'Tiddlywinks', 'Darts' (play with props/equipment), 'Cowboys', 'Actrobacks' [sic], 'Jack Jack', 'Didget Dick', 'Hunt the Rhino' (unknown types)
Alternative types: dramatic play, circle games

Handwritten list of games compiled for Dr Dorothy Howard by Camilla Bartle, presumably a student at Collier Primary School, on 29 March 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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