My Mummy used to play quite a few games with the other girls in the playground when she was young. Here are just a couple.
Can't cross the red sea without the colour ________.
If the people have that colour on they are safe. If not they have to run across without being caught.
Children got two tins and made a small hole in the sides. Then they threaded string through the holes and then you walk on the tins holding on with the strings.
You got a board which had lines across it. The object of the game was to push the halfpenny between all the lines.
To play chain tig you need seven or more people. You get someone to be on. He runs round trying to catch someone. When he catches a person they hold hands with him. The first person caught will be on in the next game. He keeps on catching people and the longer the chain gets, the better chance he has of catching those left. When everyone is caught the game is over.
You need a stick and a hoop for this game. You roll the hoop and hit it on the top with the stick to keep it going. When you need to turn you tap it on the side. It goes all wobbly but you get it straight by hitting it on the top with the stick. The hoop cost about a shiling that is five pence now. It was a game for everybody.
To play Name Handball you have to get about 7 or eight people. One person has to start it off. They have to hit a ball against the wall with their hand. When it hits the wall they call out someone's name like this "Lynn". Lynn has to hit the ball against the wall and she has to call out someone else's name. That person has to hit the ball as well and this continues. If someone misses the ball they are out and the winner is the last person to be out.
To play turn the coin you need two people, a penny and a rubber ball. First you put the penny in the middle of the two people and then they take about five steps backwards. Then one person thows the ball and tries to hit the penny. If you hit it you get one point and if yo make it turn over you get two points. You keep going until you get ten points then you're the winner. The winner keeps the coin.
To play this game you can have as many people as you want, but not too many. All you do is got to somebody's house and rap the door like thunder, then everyone runs like lightning and hides. One person just walks as if he went by. Then he won't get caught! I have played this game and it is good fun ut people sometimes get very angry!
You need some elastic bands and then tie them together. Also you need three or more people to play. Two people have ends and their tie the band round their ankles. The person who is left jump in and out of the bands. They sing some rhymes as they jump. They first sing : "England, Ireland Scotland Wales
On the rails"
If you make a mistake you must take an end. If you finish all the rhymes in the first part you then move the band up to your knees, and then to the hips and so on. You must take turns one after another!
All you need is a long rope and more than two people. One person take one end of the rope and another person takes the other end. They both turn the rope. The person who is going to skip runs in and jumps each time the rope comes to their feet. You could skip to a rhyme like this:
"On the hillside stands a lady,
Who she is I do not know,
All she wants is gold or silver,
Sll she wants is a nice young man."
If the person that's skipping stands on the rope or stops they must give another person a turn.
To play 1,2,3 Red Lights you need three or more people. One person is on. The person that's on has to put their back to the other people who are standing n a line. The person that's on says "1,2,3 Red Lights" and the people in the line try to creep up behind the person that's on to tap her. But if the person that's on catches a person moving, that person goes back to the start. The person that gets up to the person that's on and touches him/her is on.
This game is played by one person or more. My mummy said it cost 5 shillings for the whip and 5 shillings for the perri. You wrap the string of the whip around the perri and then pull the whip trying to spin the perri. If the erri starts to spin you hit it with the whip to keep it spinning. If the perri falls it's a nother person's go. That goes on until the last person has his or her go. Everybody has to get a turn.
You have to have more than two people to play the game. Somebody is on and you need a tin. You set the tin on the ground and someone (not the person who's on) kicks the tin and then everyone (except the person who's on) runs away and hides. The person who's on runs after the tin and holds it in their hand and counts to 30 or 50. When they have counted to the number, they set the tin down and go to look for the others. If they see one of them they go back to the tin and tap it on the ground and say "one two three (Lisa's) not in free." On the other hand if the hider gets there first and kicks the tin they get the whole den in free. If a person has been caught before that, the same person is on. The person on has to put all the people in the den to win and then the first person who was caught is on it for the next game.
To play Can you Cross the Red Sea? you need six or seven people. You need someone to be on it and they say "You can't cross the Red Sea without the colour (blue)." You look at your clothes and if you have the colour you can walk across. But if you have not got the colour you have to try and run across without the person catching you. If you are caught you are on it next.
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