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Thread #20909   Message #334668
Posted By: Tig
04-Nov-00 - 05:32 PM
Thread Name: Children's rhymes and playground songs
Subject: RE: Children's rhymes and playground songs
When I was at teacher training college some half century ago my drama special study was on playground chants and games, some of which I did as a field study collection. Now sometimes when I'm in school I get the kids to tell me what they are playing, especially the skipping games. Take heart, a lot of them are still playing the same things even though the words change slightly.

One skipping chant goes:- I'm a little girl guide dressed in blue These are the actions I'm supposed to do Salute to the officers, curtsy to the Queen And.................

When my mum played it was 'turn my back on the washing machine'

By the early '70's it was 'turn my back on the boys in green'

Now it's 'show my knickers to the football team'!!!!!

So much for progress.