Game name (and type): 'Hoppy' (hopscotch)
Alternative types: games with shapes, games with found objects

Handwritten description of the hopscotch game 'Hoppy' written for Dr Dorothy Howard by Helen Gorton, a student at Double View Government Primary School, presumably on 25 March 1955. Gorton describes the hopscotch pattern, which comprises a series of circles and squares, drawn in chalk by players of 'Hoppy'. She provides hand drawn diagrams illustrating the foot positions required and discusses the use of a stone to mark the pathway taken by players through the hopscotch pattern.

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 two, hand drawn diagrams and borders ruled in red pencil; text printed on one side only.

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