Game name (and type): 'Do This' (games of imitation)

Handwritten description of the imitation game 'Do This' written for Dr Dorothy Howard by an unidentified student at Double View Government Primary School, presumably on 25 March 1955. To play 'Do This', the author writes that a child stands in front of rows of players performing different physically actions whilst saying the words 'do this'. Players must imitate the actions. If the child says 'do that', players must remain still or they are eliminated from the game. The author states that the last child to be eliminated accrues three points for their team.

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 game description in pencil on lined paper. Features borders ruled in red pencil; text printed on one side only.

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