The Five Game

My third grade informant from McKinley Elementary described a game commonly played during recess and lunch.

“You go 1, 2, 3, 4… you skip 5 and go to 6, 7, 8… And you skip whatever number with a five… And if you say it your out.”

My informer and I played the game. We each alternated calling out numbers skipping any number with a five, until reaching one-hundred. According to my informant this game can be played by any number of people. Sometimes the game is repeated until only one person is left. If more than one person is left standing it’s a tie. My informer revealed learning the game years ago and not knowing the name. However he enjoyed it as pastime.