Game names (and types): 'Snakes and Ladders' (board games), 'Hop Scotch' (hopscotch), 'Skippy' (skipping games), 'Cricket', 'Soft Ball', 'Red Rover All Over', 'Basket Ball', 'Broken Bottle' (ball games), 'Dolls' (play with toys), 'Farmer in the Dell' (rhyme), 'Cowboys' (imagination game), 'Three Legged Race', 'Egg and Spoon Race' (running game), 'Chasey', 'Tiggy Tiggy Touchwood' (chasing game), 'Swimming', 'Water Skies' [Skiis] (physical play), 'Knuckle Bones' (knucklebones), 'Marbles' (marbles), 'Darts' (play with props/equipment), 'Famous Five Card Game' (card game), 'Hidy' [Hidey] (hiding game), 'Simon Says', 'Do This Do That' (games of obedience), 'Catching Butterflys' [sic], 'Fishing' (miscellaneous play)
Alternative types: language play, circle games

Handwritten list of games compiled for Dr Dorothy Howard by Juliet de Ruyscher, 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.

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