Tag Archives: childhood games


“Black and White” Chinese Children’s Game

[The subject is MW. Her words are bolded, mine are not.] Context: MW is my grandmother, who was born in Shanghai and then lived in Hong Kong later on in her youth. She moved to San Francisco as a young adult and has lived in the Bay Area for the last six decades. She is… Continue Reading »

Cinderella Jump rope rhyme

Cinderella Jump rope rhyme   Text Cinderella dressed in yella Went downstairs to kiss a fella By mistake she kissed a snake How many doctors did it take One! Two! Three! (Etc.)   Background The informant use to sing this song while playing double dutch jump rope with her girl friends at recess. She said… Continue Reading »

Soda tab games

DK is a junior at the University of Southern California, originally from Denver, CO. DK shared stories with me about folklore at her school in Denver: “I remember the biggest thing in middle school was getting to drink soda at lunch. They sold cans in the cafeteria of like, Sprite and Coke, and sometimes Dr. Pepper,… Continue Reading »

Cooties!

Sara is a very gossipy, religious, fun girl. Sophomore at USC, she’s in the Helene’s and a sorority. She’s from Anaheim, California. And she has an incredibly interesting memory and past. We all know and remember this one from grade school. Boys and girls at their toddler age played with each other like it was… Continue Reading »