Author Archives: Mason Allport

Chinese Restaurant Clapping Game

Context Having collected a fairly common children’s game, thumb wars, I sought a game or rhyme that was more obscure. While familiar with similar games such as Paddy Cake (which the informant mentioned for reference), I had never heard of the Chinese Restaurant variant. Main Piece When I was little, on the playground we used to… Continue Reading »

Thumb Wars

Context I asked the informant for a popular schoolyard game from his childhood, and this was his immediate response. Though I had played many a thumb war, his opening signature chant varied from mine. Main Piece Alright: thumb wars! Everyone used to do ‘em, and it starts off with the signature chant: “one, two, three, four,… Continue Reading »