Looking at the spanish list and the first game is exactly the same as a english traditional game called oranges and lemons, with the rhyme being all about the bells around london and the capture including a threat to chop of your head, you the choose secretly betwen oranges and lemon, join the appropriate line and end with a tug of war exactly the same as on your site. I wonder which country first played this and if they use the same tune?
Hey Alen UK, If they had done something like that, in my Native Brooklyn NY, they would have made a lot of criminals out of us kids. Street games were the only thing keeping us out of trouble. Sad the local government where you are from doesn’t see it that way. However, maybe they will make the connection with the rise in crime… One could only hope.
I live in Castleford, England, U.K. We live in a pleasant, peaceful cul-de-sac, where kids from ages 3 to 23 have played street Tag Rugby, Soccer, Basketball and Cricket for the last 25 years. It’s a joy to see and encourages participation and good health away from the video console! Yesterday the police visited our street after a complaint of noise from a few residents and banned ALL ball games with immediate effect. They have said that even if my 3 year olds plays with a ball in the street, they (or I) will be arrested and an ASBO (Anti Social Behaviour Order) applied for, possibly leading to a 6 month exclusion from the town!!!….. This IS NOT A JOKE and the action is apparently supported by our local Government Representative. So… whatever you play, enjoy it ….and be happy that you don’t live in the UK!!!
i am from b’klyn. but have lived in thailand for several years now and a very popular street game here is takraw. played with a wicker type ball, it’s basically volley ball using only head and feet. it’s a street game with a high degree of difficulty but i’ve seen some unreal players spinning in the air to make a shot or head spikes. very entertaining to watch. often played on the beach as well.
I grew up in NW Alaska and we played a game called “Norwegian”. It was played w/a ball and bat and 2 baselines, rather than typical bases. One behind the batter and one where the typical baseball outfield would be. The batter would hit the bat and his whole team would run to reach the outfield base line w/o being tagged. At least that is how I remember it. I am wondering if anyone else in Alaska, Canada, (or Norway?) has heard of this game and could give me info on rules/origin, etc
To Stephen in Ireland The game Snap the Rasher sounds alot like the game in USA called Steal the Bacon.
Hi from Canada – (just north of Toronto, Ontario) Just found this website and love it. We played outside ALL THE TIME in the summer, from dawn til dusk, and even later. We used to play Kick the Can a lot, as we had acres of lawn and fields to hide around. Another good one was 500 UP, on a large, flat front lawn next door. Lots of skipping, and rubber ball games, etc. I’ve had a lot of fun reading all of the rhymes and remembering – Thanks! Susan C
we played lots of playground games like: elastics, no laughing no talking no redlights, marbles,hopscotch, skipping in lots of forms,and there seemed to be lots of rhymes to decide who was ‘it’. Abbin a babbin, tima toma tuma toma tusa, and a counting one that I have forgotten the details of and of course eenie meenie.
Hi, I’m currently helping someone do some research into childhood street culture and games played. If anyone could email me with details of games played, locations or amusing stories it would be appreciated. This web site is also a fanstastic starting point for the research. Many thanks Jo email jfurlong [at] supanet [dot] com
Hi. I live in Sydney and am keen to re-introduce Marbles to our local primary schools. Aussie kids play outside lots, but computers,game boys et al are diminishing this. Nevertheless, soccer and cricket and handball are very popular. I also intend to write a book about marbles to help the kids (and dads)learn how to play. I am thinking reintroducing marbles will require the process to be somewhat sophisticated, using marble mats and cd roms to show how games are played. Aussies, in particular…contact me. Does anyone know if there is an actual “international book of rules”? Michael