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What games did you play during breaktime at infants/junior school? I! I've become really interested in the subject over the past few years (has anyone else read books like 'The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren' or 'Children's games of street and playground'?) and think it would be interesting to see what games people remember playing.

I remember:

Bulldog
French skipping
hand-clapping games
normal skipping
Duck, duck, duck, goose
Statues
It
Grandmother's footsteps
What's the time, Mr Wolf?
Football
Cat's cradle
Wallball
Hopscotch
Stuck in the mud

and I daresay there's other that I can't think of at the moment!

Also, do you remember any rhymes used during games, such as hand-clapping games or French skipping? I remember:

No more Latin,
No more French,
No more sitting on the hard school bench.

There was one that started 'England, Ireland, Scotland, France' but I can't remember the rest...
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You forgot:
off ground tick
Barley
Manhunt
Catch the girls, kiss the girls
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I also remember using a rhyme for hand-clapping that had something to do with the Irish Sea and ended with the lines

'A bottle of rum to fill my tum
and that's the life for me!'

I've been wondering for ages what the rest of it is! I'll give rep to anyone who can fill me in...
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You forgot
off ground tick
Barley
Manhuny
Catch the girls, kiss the girls
:P:
I've never heard of a game called barley, how did you play it? Was it basically a version of 'It'?
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1. When I Was One
When I was one I suck my thumb, the day I went to sea.
I climb on board a private ship, And the captain said to me.
We're going north, south, east, west,
And up the Irish sea.
A bottle of rum to fill my tum,
And that's the life for me.
When I was two I tied my shoes ........
When I was three I climb the trees ........

2. When I Was One
When I was one i sucked my thumb
the day i went to sea
i jumped aboard a pirate ship
and the captain said to me
'were going this way, that way
forwards and backwards
over the irish sea
a bottle of rum to fill my tum
and thats the life for me!

When......
I was two i ate some glue
the day i went to sea...
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I've never heard of a game called barley, how did you play it? Was it basically a version of 'It'?
I have no idea what "it" is lol
Barley was like tick, except there was one place where those who got caught went and stood. Then other team mates had to get to barley and release that person. Or you could go on Barley yourself to have a break from running
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2. When I Was One
When I was one i sucked my thumb
the day i went to sea
i jumped aboard a pirate ship
and the captain said to me
'were going this way, that way
forwards and backwards
over the irish sea
a bottle of rum to fill my tum
and thats the life for me!
That's the one, thanks for that! Lol I'd been trying to remember that for years, call me sad but there you go! :p:
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I have no idea what "it" is lol
Barley was like tick, except there was one place where those who got caught went and stood. Then other team mates had to get to barley and release that person. Or you could go on Barley yourself to have a break from running
'It' was the name for the most basic chasing game, ie. one person chasing everyone else, and when they caught someone that person would become the chaser in turn. I guess it's what you called Tick.
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'It' was the name for the most basic chasing game, ie. one person chasing everyone else, and when they caught someone that person would become the chaser in turn. I guess it's what you called Tick.
Yeah thats tick lol
We also used to play other games which involved a lot of hitting lol.
Was called German *******s :p:
One team was the Germans the other English. The German team would have to make a secret word and each player would have a letter to the word. The English team would chase the Germans, catch them and kick ****** outa them until they gave their letter-if they lied they get more
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I remember some game where you drew up a circle and put names of countries in it and you would do some skipping game and win parts of the country. I'm great at explaining. :p:

Oh, and Detective. One would be the detective and one would be the muderer, who would go around winking. If you were winked at, you had to lie down. The detective had to figure out who was the murderer.
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This is the skipping rhyme the kids sing and the club I volunteered at

Cinderella dressed in yella'
went upstairs to kiss her fella
How many babies did she have?
1,2,3,4.....
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I went into the baker's shop
To buy a loaf of bread, bread, bread,
They wrapped it up in a five pound note
And this is what they said, said, said
My name is Elvis Presley
Girls are sexy (wiggle)
Sitting in the back seat
Drinkin' Pepsi (mime drinking)
Had a baby, (mime rocking)
Called it Daisy (mime flower above head)
Had a twin,
Named it Tim,
In the Royal Navy,
Push off! (push each other)


Clapping rhymes make no sense :erm:
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I'm sure there was one about Mickey Mouse and a house as well, but I can't remember it

Ooh and did anyone else know the nonsense rhyme

Eenie meenie macaraca
Dur dur domenaca
Chickawalla lollapoppa
Om pom push

and the counting-out rhyme

Ippa dippa dation
My operation
How many people in the station? ('3')
The one that lands on number three
Will surely not be 'It'.
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Another one of them choosing rhymes:

"Racing car number 9,
losing petrol all the time,
How many gallons did he lose,
*chooses number*
the one that lands on number *number*
will surely be it"

Cheers OP! Good memories
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(Original post by Phantom Phoenix)
I went into the baker's shop
To buy a loaf of bread, bread, bread,
They wrapped it up in a five pound note
And this is what they said, said, said
My name is Elvis Presley
Girls are sexy (wiggle)
Sitting in the back seat
Drinkin' Pepsi (mime drinking)
Had a baby, (mime rocking)
Called it Daisy (mime flower above head)
Had a twin,
Named it Tim,
In the Royal Navy,
Push off! (push each other)


Clapping rhymes make no sense :erm:
We had a variation of that song, but it started with "went to a chinese restaurant to buy a loaf of bread bread bread".
Who would buy bread from a chinese restaurant?!??!
Also, instead of "call it daisy" it was "in the Royal Navy, heeeeey sexy!". Then it finished. There was no twin...


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Other games I remember include singing "I found a peanut". The lyrics changed all the time, because you were meant to tell the story I guess...
"I found a peanut, I found a peanut, I found a peanut yesterday. I found a peanut, I found a peanut, I found a peanut yesterday.
It was mouldy, It was mouldy, It was mouldy yesterday. It was mouldy, It was mouldy, It was mouldy yesterday.
I went to the hospital etc etc"

Also we used to try contacting ghosts by throwing sticks on the ground. If it pointed a certain way we would all scream and run away.

Also you mentioned about the "England Ireland Scottland Wales", ours ended "inside outside inside scales". You sung it when you jumped in and out of a big elastic band tied around peoples feet. Scales ment you had to jump on top of the band (i.e the hard part).
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We had a variation of that song, but it started with "went to a chinese restaurant to buy a loaf of bread bread bread".
Who would buy bread from a chinese restaurant?!??!
Also, instead of "call it daisy" it was "in the Royal Navy, heeeeey sexy!". Then it finished. There was no twin...
Yeah, I was looking for the, um, "lyrics" online and it kept coming back with Chinese restaurant, I couldn't figure that one out!

Ooh, you're a psychologist too :teeth: *reps*
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Ip dip sky blue,
Who's it, not you,
Not because you're dirty,
Not because you're clean,
My Mum says you're the fairy queen!

I still use that to this day.

Various:
Ip dip doo,
Dog's got flu,
cat's got the chicken pox
And out goes you!
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Eeny meeny miney mo,
Catch a tiger by his toe,
If he squeals, let him go -
Eeny meeny miney mo!

Bad advice for children :no:
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Those hand slapping games ahhhh those were the days....

"My sailor went to (eye, eye, eye) to see what he could (eye, eye, eye); and all that he could (eye, eye, eye), was a bucket of a bucket of an (eye, eye, eye)

My sailor went to (love, love, love) to see what he could (love, love, love); and all that he could (love, love, love) was a bucket of a bucket of a (love, love, love)

My sailor went to (you, you, you) to see what he could (you, you, you); and all that he could (you, you, you), was a bucket of a bucket of a (you, you, you)"


You point to your eye at "eye", your heart at "love" and the other person at "you".

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also my sister and I's made up one called Madas-das-sunny - not a clue what that means.... "Did you see the Queeeen she hammered on the weeen, drinking the bee-eeeer, smoking the wii-iiiine" - makes no sense at all.

"Under the bible bushes under the sea (boom, boom, boom)
To-la for you my darling to-la for me
She's getting marriiiied
In California
With sixteen children,
All in a row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream;
Tip your teacher overboard
and listen to her scream (*SCREAM*)"


Oh god I should stop I have to go hah. Good memories
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Cops and Robbers! That was the ultimate game, the whole class used to play! We used to get in trouble for playing it though.

O and the Beaver Girls Rhyme!

We are the Beaver Girls,
We wear our hair in curls,
We have our dungarees down to our sexy knees.
You know the boy next door?
He pushed me on the floor,
We did it once or twice,
It wasn't very nice
La la la bum shaka
La la la bum shaka
La la la bum skaka

My mother was surprised
To see my belly rise
My father jumped for joy
It was a baby boy.

I cant believe we were singing this in primary school! I doubt we knew what it meant!
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