Game names (and types): 'Dog and the Bone' (running game), 'Simon Says' (games of obedience), 'Marbles' (marbles), 'Pin the Tail on the Donkey' (party game), 'Scittles' [Skittles], 'Dominos' (play with props/equipment), 'Drop the Hankie' (circle game), 'Hop Scotch' (hopscotch), 'Cops and Robbers' (imagination game), 'Races' (racing games), Skippie' [Skippy] (skipping game), 'Chasie' [Chasey], 'Scarecrow' (chasing games), 'Hide and Seek', 'Hidy Chasey' [Hidey Chasey] (hiding game), 'Softball', 'Basketball', 'Football', 'Cricket', 'Tennis', 'Ball', 'Pussy in the Corner', 'Queenie' (ball games), 'Cards' (card game), 'Ludo', 'Monopoly', 'Snakes and Ladders', 'Chinese Checkers' (board games), 'Lanes and Streets', 'Tip Cat', 'Fool Fool', 'The Donkey Tales' [sic], 'Housie Housie' (unknown types)
Alternative types: rhyming games, chasing games, dramatic play, language play, games with sticks, games with found objects

Handwritten list of games compiled for Dr Dorothy Howard by Joan Partington, 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 both sides of page.

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