Tag Archives: schoolyard games


Down by the banks

The informant explained that this is a hand game or clapping game she used to play at summer camp in between activities with the other girls who were in her cabin. Her estimate for when people play it is ages 6-12. You learn it by playing and other children explain it to you. She also… Continue Reading »

Children’s Clapping Game: Candy on a Stick

Main Piece:  “Candy on a stick that makes me sick,  It makes my tummy go two-forty-six,  Not because you’re dirty, not because you’re clean,  Not because you kissed a boy behind a magazine.  Hey boys do you wanna fight  I see a guy with his pants on tight  He can wibble he can wobble he… Continue Reading »

Children’s Song: Hitler is a Jerk

Main Piece:  “Whistle while you work! Hitler is a jerk! Mussolini bit his weenie Now it doesn’t work” Background: My informant said that this was a popular limerick when he was a little kid in New England. It was something that kids would sing at recess. Some teachers didn’t care, but it wasn’t a limerick… Continue Reading »

Conkers – English Children’s Game

Description of Informant NV (75) is a retired school teacher born in Abadan, Iran. She went to boarding school in England from 1956-1963, moving to American for college afterward. She always remembers her arrival in the states, as it was the day before Kennedy was assassinated. Currently, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area,… Continue Reading »

Rock Paper Scissors – Hiroshima

Context: The informants are two teenage boys, one 15 (B) and one 19 (A), who took upon the task of explaining rock paper scissors. At first they explained the simple game used to decide the winner in a tie or make a decision between two options, but as the time went on, they explained variations… Continue Reading »