Game type: 'Animal Noises' (animal game)
Alternative types: team games

Handwritten description of the animal game 'Animal Noises' compiled by Elaine Boyle, an 11 year old student at Errol Street Primary School, for Dr Dorothy Howard on 25 August 1954. To play, Boyle writes that two teams of equal numbers are established and located in separate rooms. She states that a captain allocates an animal noise to each member of one team before informing the opposing team players of a particular animal sound to listen for. On hearing their particular noise, Boyle explains that the opposing team members must try and locate the child responsible for the call.

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 blue ink on lined paper. Features text written on one side only.

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