Game names (and types): 'Soft Ball', 'Pass Ball', 'Basket Ball', 'Dodge', 'Queenie', 'Broken Bottle' (ball games), 'Poker' (card games), 'Fiddle-Sticks' (play with props/equipment), 'Dog and the Bone' (running game), 'Snakes and Ladders' (board game), 'French and English', 'Skipping' (skipping game), 'Simon Says' (games of obedience), 'I Dare' (games of dare), 'Swimming' (physical play), 'Knuckle-Bones' (knucklebones), 'Leap Frog' (jumping game), 'The Donkey's Tail' (party game), 'Musical Bobs' (elimination game), 'Tiggy Tiggy', 'Touch Wood', 'Chasey' (chasing games), 'Hide and Seek' (hiding game), 'Blind Man's Bluff' (guessing game), 'Darts' (play with props/equipment), 'Lanes and Streets', 'Jack Jack', 'Creepy', 'Lip Cat', 'Puss Puss', 'This and That', 'Fill Fill', 'Yes and No', 'Actrobats' [sic] (unknown types)
Alternative types: jacks use, music games, blindfold games, games with sticks, games with found objects, circle games

Handwritten list of games compiled for Dr Dorothy Howard by Val Mason, 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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