Game names (and types): 'Sevens', 'Sevenes', 'Drunken Sailor', 'Oliver Twist', 'Oneses', 'Two Ball', 'Tens', 'Thirteen', 'A, B, C's', 'Ball Ball Bouncing', 'Hello, Hello, Hello, Sir', 'My Mother Said', 'Number One', 'Old Mother Mop', 'P.K. Chewing Gum', 'Plainsies', Clapsies' (ball-bouncing, ball-bouncing rhymes, ball juggling)
Alternative game types: play with equipment/props, language play

Article titled 'Ball Bouncing Customs and Rhymes in Australia' written by Dr Dorothy Howard and reprinted by Midwest Folklore in 1959. Dr Howard considers a selection of different ball games involving rhymes and various numbers of balls and players observed or recounted during her visit to Australia. Many of the games cited were described in written reports by the following school children Errol ?, Wendy ?, Edward ?, Kay ?, Glenys ?, Carel ?, Lenore ?, Brian ?, and Joyce ?. Other reports were compiled by adults Jim West and N. W. Standford as well as teachers Ann and John Howe, and Dorothy and Scott Campbell.

One of a collection of publications about children's folklore written by Dr Dorothy Howard. 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. The original fieldwork she collected during this period is held in the Australian Children's Folklore Collection (ACFC) at Museum Victoria and includes index cards, letters and photographs.

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Article with typed black text printed on paper. Six pages printed on one side only.

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