Game names (and types): 'Dolls', 'Dolls Houses', 'Cars', 'Boats' (play with toys), 'Mothers and Fathers', 'Schools', 'Dressing Up', 'Houses', 'Cooking', 'Nurses', 'Robbers', 'Boys Boys and Indians', 'Babbies' [Babies] (imitation play), 'Marbles' (marbles), 'Jack Bones' (knucklebones), 'Hiddy' [Hidey] (hiding game), 'Swimming', 'Hop Skip Jump' (physical play), 'Statues' (elimination game), 'Skippy', 'French and English' (skipping game), 'Chasy' [Chasey] (chasing game), 'Tiggy Tiggy Touchwood', 'Cricket', 'Softball', 'Tennis', 'Baseball', 'Basketball', 'Queenie', 'Football', 'Numbers', 'Puss in the Corner' (ball games), 'Snap', 'Skip Jack Naked' (card games), 'Pick-up Sticks' (play with props/equipment), 'Dog and the Bone' (running game), 'Hide the Thimble' (seeking game), 'Letters', 'Mickey Mouse', 'Chops Wood', 'Numbers and Colours', 'Poison Parcel' (unknown types)
Alternative types: dramatic play, guessing game, games with sticks, games with found objects

Handwritten list of games compiled for Dr Dorothy Howard by Joan Crawford, 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 both sides of page. Several words have been underlined in blue pencil.

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