The nylon/sock game goes like this: You take the end of a nylon or a knee sock and put the ball in and stand up against a cement wall and swing the ball so it hits the wall on your right and then your left and on certain words you lift your right leg (or left if you’re left handed) and hit the ball on the wall under your leg and here is the song you sing (the one I knew anyway) (lift leg on the word sir all the time) Hello Hello Hello Sir Are you coming out Sir No Sir Why Sir Because I caught a cold sir Where did you catch the cold sir Up in the north pole sir What were you doing there sir Catching polar bears sir How many did you catch sir One Sir Two Sir Three Sir That’s enough for me sir G’bye G’bye G’bye Sir See you in July Sir Eating Christmas Pie Sir!
Another version of the “o’lary” or O’Leary rhyme– One,two, three o”lary My first name is Mary If you think it’s necessary Look it up in the dictionary. We would sing this while bouncing an Indian rubber ball, and we would lift our leg over the ball at the end of each line–ie—o’lary, then Mary etc. When we were going to play tag, or hide and go seek we used to put our “dibs” up–(both hands made into fists) and one person would go around the circle and hit each person’s fist with hers, while we all sang “the song”. This was to determine who was “it” at the start of the tag, or hiding-go seek game. One such song was—“My mother gave your mother a punch in the nose. What colour was the blood? The person who’s fist was last hit—on the word blood–would call out a colour–ie-yellow-and the first person would spell the colour out-hitting each fist as she spelled it. When the final letter was said–ie-‘W”-the song would finish—as—“and you are IT. Funny song for kids to sing eh?? Did anyone ever do this type of song. We had quite a few different ones actually. I grew up in Ottawa, Canada–long time ago.
I remeber playing a SPALDEEN GAME in the 60’s. We called it “A my name is” How is worked was that you would bounce the ball to “A my name is alice and my husband’s name is Al, we come from Alabama and we sell apples.”. Each time an “A” word was mentioned you had to cross your leg over the ball while bouncing it. You would continue with the whole alphabet. You would either miss crossing over the ball for one of the words, couldn’t figure out a name beginning with the letter, or miss the ball completely.
I played a similiar game : A my name is Alice and my husband’s name is Al we come from Alabama and we sell Apples. B my name is Betty … Every time you use that letter your leg goes over the ball.When you missed a pass or lost control of your ball it was the next player’s turn I spent hours doing this.
Hi, victoria again. Did any of you play roller derby in the street? We used to draw a circle with chalk in the street – then race around the “track” with our skates. We would push each other out of the way and follow our interpretation of the rules we saw on TV. Due to a number of skinned knees and chipped teeth, our mothers put an end to this game.
OK, I’m so glad that I’ve found this site. I have been looking for years to find the rules to games that I played when I was growing up in the 50’s in Chicago. I used to play the ball games that have been described in the messages from others. Please if anyone remembers the rules to “Roly-Poly”? We would draw a very large rectangle and divide it up by drawing a line down the middle and lines across to make up boxes. We would write something like Boys, Girls, Colors, Fruits, Movie Stars, etc. in the boxes. We would bounce a ball in each square while moving around to the last square. Somehow we would be able to kind of “own” a square and no one else could step on it. Anyone recall the rules to the game?
Victoria, boy does that bring back memories. I taught this to my grandson when he was younger and he loved it along with hit the stick (bouncing a spaldeen between two cement boxes in front of my house)as Therese says she did with her grandson. This goes to prove that kids of all generations enjoy the simple games that kids have been playing for years. Isn’t this a great website?