Opie collection of children's games & songs

Recording of children demonstrating songs and discussing playground games with Iona Opie (part 2 of 2)

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    Children's games; Children's songs

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    Opie collection of children's games and songs

  • Recording locations

    Lymington, Hampshire, England

  • Interviewers

    Opie, Iona (speaker, female)

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    unidentified (children)

  • Abstract

    Part 2 of 2. 00:00:00 - 00:17:04. This recording follows on from C898/31/01 and continues to discuss with a small group of girls their playground games and songs. The children begin by describing the various forms of hopscotch that they play. These include 'English' hopscotch, which follows the traditIonal hopping sequence, 'French' hopscotch in which you must kick a stone as you hop, and 'Spanish' hopscotch which follows a more complicated hopping sequence [00:00:05 - 00:03:00]. They also briefly discuss a handstand game that they note is very popular throughout the school called 'Hey Presto' [00:03:00 - 00:03:28]. Iona discusses with the children the latest 'crazes' that are present within their school. They discuss in detail a marbles craze that had 'started two days ago' at their school and they list the various types of marbles that they enjoy collecting and swapping. These include marbles that they call 'rares' and 'squigs' [00:03:28 - 00:05:34]. Iona also returns to the 'Bow-Legged Chicken' song heard in C898/30/01 and she asks the children why they enjoy singing it. One of the girl replies: 'I don't know really…it's sort of, fun to do'. Iona notes that with many of these playground games, she has never 'found anybody to explain exactly why' they enjoy playing these games [00:06:51 - 00:08:20]. The recording then breaks and when it resumes Iona is in Brockenhurst with three children. They briefly discuss clapping games such as 'I'm a Little Girl Guide' [00:08:22 - 00:09:11] and 'Under the Bram Bush' [00:09:29 - 00:10:15]. The children speak little, however. The recording ends with a short discussion and rendition of the skipping rhymes 'I'm a Little Bumper Car' [00:11:48 - 00:13:20] and 'See, See My Playmate' [00:13:30 - 00:17:04].

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    Item notes: Recording of children demonstrating songs and discussing playground games with Iona Opie. Speakers' notes: Group of Hampshire schoolchildren. Recording notes: Slight dropouts to tape extremities. Otherwise good throughout.

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