Game name (and type): 'Sevens' (ball game)
Alternative type: ball bouncing, games with actions

Typed description of the ball game 'Sevens' composed for Dr Dorothy Howard by Lenore Harding, a student at Collier Primary School, in 1955. Harding describes how 'Sevens' is played, providing detailed descriptions of the associated physical actions. To play, participants bounce two balls at a wall in sets of declining number beginning at seven and ending at one. Each set is accompanied by increasingly complex actions such as throwing one ball in the air and the other against the wall.

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

Typed game description on card-sized paper. Text printed on one side only.

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