Mudcat Café Message Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafeawe



User Name Thread Name Subject Posted
GUEST,Susie Childrens singing games (20) RE: Childrens singing games 21 Jun 18


"In and out the dainty bluebells" ...

I was born in 1954. All the UK-mentioned games above, we played in the playground; Ashton-on-Mersey, Sale, Cheshire. There were unspoken 'rules' about what you played at what time of year. We learned from each other.
LOADS of playground gales, skipping games ["I'll ask my mum if we can use her washing line "]. Small ball games, some against a wall.

"Queenie old coco, who's got the ball?
See I haven't got it.
See I haven't got it.
Queenie old coco, who's got the ball?"

"The farmer's in his den". "The farmer wants a wife". "The wife wants a child". "The child wants a dog". "We all pat the dog".

A tennis - type ball game, "Bad Eggs". One person 'on' with the ball. They give a category ie. fruit. The other children huddle away from the 'on-sie' and give each other AND the 'on-sie' a fruit each. The on-sie chooses the fruit, shouts it out as they throw the ball straight up in the air. Everyone scatters. The person who IS that fruit has to catch it - if it's the on-sie, they all shout "Bad eggs!". As soon as the fruit has the ball, they yell "Stop!" and everyone has to stand still. The fruit throws the ball, trying to hit the legs of one of the other children. If they DO, that person's 'on'. If they don't the fruit is 'on'.

We used to play that in the road outside my house. The rare times that a vehicle approached, the cry of "car!" went up and we waited till it went past.

And I'd forgotten that existed. Funny what memories such threads can evoke!


Post to this Thread -

Back to the Main Forum Page

By clicking on the User Name, you will requery the forum for that user. You will see everything that he or she has posted with that Mudcat name.

By clicking on the Thread Name, you will be sent to the Forum on that thread as if you selected it from the main Mudcat Forum page.

By clicking on the Subject, you will also go to the thread as if you selected it from the original Forum page, but also go directly to that particular message.

By clicking on the Date (Posted), you will dig out every message posted that day.

Try it all, you will see.