Game names (and types): 'Drawing a Pig' (paper and pencil game), 'Find the Ring' (seeking game), 'Names of Articles' (word game), 'Musical Bumps' (games with music), 'The Advertisement Game' (guessing game), 'Nuts and May' (tug of war game), 'Twos and Threes' (chasing game)
Alternative types: party games, play with props/equipment, elimination games, games with rhymes, language play, games with actions, team games, circle games, running games

Handwritten description of several party games and other play composed for Dr Dorothy Howard by Barbara Prest, an eleven year old student at East Camberwell Girls Secondary School, in 1954-1955. Prest provides detailed descriptions of the party games 'Drawing a Pig', 'Find the Ring', 'Name of Articles', 'Musical Bumps' and 'The Advertisement Game'. She also discusses the tug-of-war game 'Nuts and May', transcribing the accompanying rhyme, and the chasing game 'Twos and Threes'. Prest notes that all games described are suitable for boys and girls, providing the age range of participants. She also lists other players of these games including Valerie McGreevy, Margaret Ellen, Barbara Pankervis, and Cynthia Maroney.

One of a collection of letters describing a children's game 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 black ink on paper. Comprises four sheets. First page features a letterhead printed in black ink; additional pages feature text on both sides of page and borders ruled in red pencil.

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