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Childhood Games and songs - Help!

When I was little, I remember playing a number of games with the other neighbourhood kids. Most of the kids were quite a bit older than me though, so I didn't end up playing that many games. I was trying to remember them... there was one in particular that involved colours somehow (maybe we had the guess the colour the person was thinking of?), and then a chase, and then you were "home", but I can't remember the game at all. Anyone know it? *Thanks Gretchen!

Colour Tag: I think it was something like one person was it, and we each picked a different colour to be, and then the "it" person yelled out different colours trying to guess the colour we picked. Then when they yelled out a colour that was right, the person who's colour they yelled out had to leave "home" and run around the yard, making sure to go around specific obstacles (or maybe it was for a certain number of seconds?) and coming back "home" without getting caught. If they were caught, then they were the new "it" :)

Please feel free to post the ones you remember... it might help me remmber more to add to my list!

My list:
Hide and Seek
Red light, Green light
Duck, duck, goose
Ring around the rosy
Pass the button
Hopscotch
Cat's Craddle
I spy
**ETA:
Tag
Freeze Tag
Mother May I?
Red Rover
Simon Says
King of the Castle
Rock, Paper, Scisors
What Time Is It Mr. Wolf?



"Not It" songs:

Sky blue, sky blue, who's it? Not you!

Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe. Catch a tiger by the toe. If he hollers let him go, Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe. My mother said to pick the very best one and you are not it.

***ETA:
Bubble gum bubble gum in a dish, how many pieces do you wish? (ex, three)
1, 2, 3 / and you are not it

Engine engine number nine, going down Chicago line, if the train goes off the track, do you want your money back? Yes, no, maybe so
(ex, yes)
Y-E-S / spells yes / and you are not it

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skaloop
Aug. 17th, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC)
OK, let's see if I can remember the ol' days.

We played a lot of three-sticks. And in the winter, when there were big piles of snow cleared from the parking lot, we would play king of the mountain (which pretty much just involved pushing people off the pile of snow). Lots of games with hockey cards. Marbles. Various permutations of tag. Kick the Can was big; we used to play at night when we were old enough to do so (small town and such, so this was when we were 11 or 12).

From my days as a leader at daycamps, we played lots of games too. Red Rover. Octopus. Simon Says. Four Corners.

The game I can't remember the name of, but you go around in a circle counting in turn, and whenever you get to a number that has a specific digit in it, you say "switch" instead of the number, and then go the other direction around the circle. So if the chosen number is 6, it would go 1-2-3-4-5-switch-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-switch... And it gets especially interesting once you get to the sixties. For older kids, to help with math skills, switch was used if the number was a product of six as well.

For not-it games, there's the basic not-it, where the last person to say it is it. There's also the putting your finger on the side of your nose, and the last to do it is it.

And finally, as part of the good-spirit component of ultimate, we play a lot of childish games. There's a group rock-paper-scissors game where if you lose you drop a level, and if you win you go up a level, and the last one standing wins. Everyone starts standing. If you lose, you get on your knees. If you lose again, you get on your hands and knees. If you lose again, you are out. But if you win, you move back up to the previous level.

Then there's Look. Everyone's in a circle, eyes closed and head's down. At the announcement, everyone opens their eyes and looks up at someone else in the circle. If the person you are looking at is looking at you also, you are both out.

There's cowboy, princess, spoons. It's sorta musical chairs-like. Everyone walks around randomly, then the game leader calls out either cowboy, princess, or spoons. If it's cowboy, you have to find another person and one of you gets down on all fours and the other pretends to ride them like a horse. If it's princess, one person lifts up the other to be carried like a princess. If it's spoons, you find two other people and all three of you lay down in a spooning position. The last couple/trio to get into the proper position is out, as is anyone who is an odd person out.

I think that'll do for now...

sharya
Aug. 22nd, 2008 02:57 am (UTC)
Oh wow, this is awesome!

I remember Red Rover and Simon Says... but what was Octopus and Four Corners?
skaloop
Aug. 22nd, 2008 04:34 am (UTC)
Octopus was sort of a tag/red rover mix. One person is it, and stands in the middle of the gym (well, a gym is where we played it) while everyone else is on one side. Then the It calls out OCTOPUS and everyone has to run to the other side of the gym. It tries to tag people, and if they get tagged they join It and they have to hold hands. Then they call out OCTOPUS again, and if any of them tag someone, they join the chain. So eventually there's this big long stretch of people who are It, and it gets harder for the runners.

Four Corners, as I remember it, involves one It person blindfolded in the middle of the gym (yes, the gym again) and everyone else runs to one of the four corners of the gym. Then It calls out one of the corners (or points to one), and anyone in that corner is out. Then everyone gets time to run to another corner, and repeat.
sharya
Aug. 24th, 2008 05:13 am (UTC)
Very cool! I remember Octopus, now that you mention it, but I don't remember ever playing four corners :)
gretchypoo
Aug. 18th, 2008 01:26 am (UTC)
The not its we sang were;

eeny meeny miney mo catch a tiger by his toe if he hollers let him go eeny meeny miney mo / my mother told me to pick the very best one and you are not it / you dirty dirty dish rag you.

Basically if the person doing it got to any of the /'s and was not satisfied, they'd extend the song a bit.

OR

bubble gum bubble gum in a dish, how many pieces do you wish? (ex, three)
1, 2, 3 / and you are not it / you dirty dirty dish rag you
OR
T-H-R-E-E / spells three / and you are not it / you dirty dirty dish rag you.

OR

Engine engine number nine, going down Chicago line, if the train goes off the track, do you want your money back? Yes, no, maybe so
(ex, yes)
Y-E-S / spells yes / and you are not it / you dirty dirty dish rag you

(Okay, we were a bunch of dirty cheaters lol)

And my favorite games were

Tag
Freeze Tag
Mother May I?
Hide And Seek (In the dark)
Red Rover
Simon Says
Red Light Green Light

AND the favorite for the longest time was..

This game where the person who was it would stand separate from everyone else with a ball. (s)he would name a category (ex, colors). Everyone else would choose one thing from that category (ex, red, orange, blue, purple, and pink). A designated person from the group would go up to the person who was it and name them off, then rejoin the group. The it person would choose one of the things and scream it out (ex, blue) and toss the ball in the air. Everyone would run as far from the ball as possible except the person who had named off blue. Blue would run, grab the ball, and as soon as (s)he had it yell "STOP!" Choose a person, and throw it at them. If the ball hits someone, that's the new it. If not, that person is it now.

It was especially fun when we got to that point in our lives where we enjoyed being 'naughty'. Such categories included swear words, naughty body parts, sexual positions, etc. We once all got detention for playing this at school when a kid told on us that we were yelling out swear words.

ETA: Off the track, not down the track...

Edited at 2008-08-18 01:28 am (UTC)
sharya
Aug. 22nd, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
That is AWESOME! I played every single one of those games!

It's still not quite the colour game that I remember though, but it's close, and I think it's jogged my memory enough that I remember!

I think it was something like one person was it, and we each picked a different colour to be, and then the "it" person yelled out different colours trying to guess the colour we picked. Then when they yelled out a colour that was right, the person who's colour they yelled out had to leave "home" and run around the yard, making sure to go around specific obstacles (or maybe it was for a certain number of seconds?) and coming back "home" without getting caught. If they were caught, then they were the new "it" :)
feelingsuperior
Aug. 18th, 2008 05:47 am (UTC)
it bit dog shit, you are not IT!


Mr Wolf was a popular one
Kick the can
I used to pretend I was nala from the lion king a lot....
sharya
Aug. 22nd, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
I forgot all about Mr. Wolf! Thank you :)
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