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Children's Game

Form of hide-and-go-seek in which the person who is it "hides his eyes" while everyone hides. He then looks for those hiding and tags them if he finds them. In the meantime others have a chance to run to the tree and top it. If this happens and the person who is it has not tagged anyone out the person touching the tree yells "Home Free All" and the person who was it has to be it again.

 

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Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: NEW YORK CITY ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C5

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Children's Game: Three Steps Over Germany

Someone is designated "it." This "it" stands at a designated spot a certain distance from the other children. He calls out the number of steps these children may take. The last child to get to the other side is "it." This game usually requires that the child is tall or that he is a good jumper.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

Where learned: NEW YORK CITY ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C5

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Verse
Here is the church, here is the steeple.
Open the doors and see all the people.

Dramatization
Using hand and fingers for church, steeple and people.

 

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector are the same person.

 

Where learned: NEW YORK CITY ; NEW YORK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C5
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse

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A game that I (and a lot of other children) played revolved around trying to avoid stepping on a crack when walking on the sidewalk. This rhyme was recited -- "Step on a crack, Break your mother's back."

 

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Informant and collector are the same person.
Informant probably first learned this in Houston, Texas.
 

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; TEXAS ; NASHVILLE ; HOUSTON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C5
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

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