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Thread #164565 Message #3942435
Posted By: Tradsinger
08-Aug-18 - 07:19 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: Children's games
Subject: RE: Folklore: Children's games
Kids today are still chanting lots of rhymes in the playground, particularly the girls, not so much the boys. The boys are more likely to play vigorous games involving chasing each other. Most of the old singing games have gone (in the UK) although you will still find "The Farmer's in his Den", "Ring a-ring a-roses" and "Here we go round the Mulberry Bush". There are still lots of counting out rhymes and lots of clapping rhymes. There was a vogue for 'elastic' rhymes, involving jumping over a piece of elastic. I have lots of recordings of kids' rhymes recorded in playgrounds plus a lot of rhymes I got from my daughter when she was at school (she's now in her 30s but still remembers the rhymes).