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AS ADOLESCENTS WE IMPROVISED ON THE GAME OF HIDE AND
GO SEEK, BY PLAYING IN THE DARK. THIS ADDS MORE
EXCITEMENT AND INTEREST TO THE GAME WE LEARN AS
CHILDREN.

Where learned: EAST DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity Song: Game, Pastime, Sport

Date learned: 12-00-1983

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HIDE AND SEEK

THIS GAME IS PLAYED BY THREE OR MORE CHILDREN. ONE
PERSON IS "IT" AND CLOSES HIS EYES AND COUNTS TO FIFTY
AT THE BASE. EVERYONE ELSE HIDES. WHEN THE COUNTER
IS THROUGH COUNTING, HE GOES AND LOOKS FOR THE OTHERS.
WHEN HE SEES A PLAYER HE THEN RUNS TO THE BASE AND
SAYS, "ONE, TWO, THREE, ON (NAMES THE PERSON)." THE
HIDER ALSO RUNS TO THE BASE AND TOUCHES IT SAYING,
"FREE!" THE FIRST ONE TO THE BASE AND THROUGH WITH
THEIR SENTENCE WINS. THE HIDER IS EITHER CAUGHT OR
FREE. THE FIRST ONE CAUGHT IS "IT" FOR THE NEXT
GAME.

Submitter comment: LEARNED THIS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity Song: Game, Pastime, Sport

Date learned: 11-30-1967

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ROUND UP

THIS GAME IS PLAYED BY THREE OR MORE PERSONS. ONE
PERSON IS "IT" AND COUNTS TO A CERTAIN NUMBER WHILE
THE OTHERS RUN AND HIDE. WHEN THROUGH COUNTING, THE
COUNTER RUNS AFTER THE OTHERS AND CATCHES THEM BY
TOUCHING THEM WITH TWO HANDS. WHEN A PERSON IS CAUGHT
HE THEN HELPS CATCH THE OTHERS. EVERYONE THAT GETS
CAUGHT HELPS CATCH THE OTHERS UNTIL EVERYONE IS CAUGHT.
USUALLY THE FIRST ONE CAUGHT IS "IT" FOR THE NEXT
GAME, BUT SOMETIMES THE LAST ONE CAUGHT IS "IT."

Submitter comment: LEARNED THIS IN GRADE SCHOOL PLAYGROUND.

Where learned: OHIO ; CANTON ; SAINT PETERS SCHOOL

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity Song: Game, Pastime, Sport

Date learned: 11-30-1967

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RED ROVER

THIS GAME IS PLAYED BY FOUR OR MORE PERSONS. THE
PLAYERS FORM TWO TEAMS OF EQUAL NUMBER. EACH TEAM
FORMS A STRAIGHT LINE, JOIN HANDS AND FACE EACH OTHER
LIKE SO: (DIAGRAM ON 5 X 8 CARD SHOWS TWO TEAMS
FACING OPPOSITE EACH OTHER). ONE TEAM THEN DARES A
MEMBER OF THE OTHER TEAM TO RUN OVER AND BREAK THE
CHAIN OF THEIR TEAM BY SAYING, "RED ROVER, RED ROVER,
LET SO AND SO COME OVER." IF SO AND SO CANNOT RUN
THROUGH THEIR HANDGRIPS HE, THEN, MUST BE ON THEIR
TEAM. THE OTHER TEAM THEN REPEATS THE CHANT AND TRIES
TO CATCH ONE OF THEIR MEMBERS. THE GAME IS OVER WHEN
ALL BUT ONE MEMBER OF A TEAM IS CAUGHT.

Submitter comment: LEARNED THIS GAME AT GRANDMOTHER'S HOUSE.

Where learned: PENNSYLVANIA ; Greenville

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity Song: Game, Pastime, Sport

Date learned: 11-30-1967

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MOTHER KITTY AND BABY KITTY

MOTHER KITTY AND BABY KITTY ARE FAST ASLEEP. BABY
KITTY WAKES UP AND RUNS OFF AND HIDES. MOTHER KITTY
WAKES UP AND CALLS "MEOW." BABY ANSWERS "MEOW" AND
(MOTHER) GO(ES) TO FIND BABY KITTY. IF SHE FINDS
BABY KITTY SHE CAN STAY IN THE GAME.

Submitter comment: LEARNED BY WATCHING CHILDREN AT LAWSEY KINDERGARDEN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity Song: Game, Pastime, Sport

Date learned: 12-05-1966

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HIDE AND SEEK

THE PLAYERS WOULD CHOOSE AN "IT" WHO WAS USUALLY THE
SCAPEGOAT OF THE GROUP. THE OTHERS WOULD RUN AND
HIDE AS THE IT COUNTED. AFTER COUNTING, HE WOULD
BEGIN TO SEEK OUT THE HIDDEN KIDS. IF HE SPOTS ONE,
HE CALLS OUT THE NAME AND RUNS BACK TO TOUCH A
DESIGNATED TELEPHONE POLE. IF HE BEATS THE PERSON
BACK, THE PERSON WHO LOST IS THE NEW "IT." WHEN HE
CAN'T FIND ANYONE, HE YELLS OUT "I GIVE UP" AND THE
GAME IS RESTARTED.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity Song: Game, Pastime, Sport

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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RED ROVER

THIS GAME IS PLAYED BY CHOOSING UP SIDES. THEN THE
TEAMS FACE EACH OTHER ABOUT TWENTY FEET APART AND LOCK
(HOLD) HANDS WITH THE TEAMMATE NEXT TO YOU. YOU
THEN HAVE TWO PARALLEL LINES OF PLAYERS. THE CAPTAIN
OF ONE TEAM YELLS OUT: "RED ROVER, RED ROVER, SEND
(NAME) RIGHT OVER." THEN THAT PERSON LETS GO OF HIS
TEAMMATES AND TRIES TO RUN THROUGH THE HANDGRIP OF
ANY TWO MEMBERS OF THE OPPOSING TEAM. IF HE RUNS
THROUGH AND BREAKS THE GRIP, HE GETS TO BRING BACK A
PLAYER TO HIS TEAM. IF HE CANNOT BREAK THE GRIP, HE
STAYS ON THAT TEAM. THE LOSER IS THE MAN WHO IS ALONE
ON HIS TEAM.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HIS FRIENDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity Song: Game, Pastime, Sport

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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THE MIDNIGHT GHOST

THIS IS A GAME SIMILAR TO HIDE AND SEEK. THE "GHOST"
BLINDS HIS EYES AND COUNTS TO 12 WHILE THE OTHER
CHILDREN RUN AND HIDE. WHEN HE IS DONE COUNTING,
HE SAYS, "THE MIDNIGHT GHOST WALKS" AND STARTS
LOOKING FOR THE OTHER KIDS. THE ONES WHO ARE HIDDEN
TRY TO RUN TO THE "GHOUL" (GOAL) WITHOUT BEING
TOUCHED BY THE MIDNIGHT GHOST. IF THEY ARE TOUCHED
THE FIRST ONE TO BE TOUCHED IS IT FOR THE NEXT ROUND.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS.

Where learned: HOME

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity Song: Game, Pastime, Sport

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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HIDE AND SEEK

TO PLAY THIS GAME, THE PLAYERS WOULD CHOOSE AN "IT."
HE WOULD COVER HIS EYES AND COUNT WHILE THE OTHERS
HID. AFTER COUNTING TO THE NUMBER, HE SEEKS OUT THE
OTHER KIDS. WHEN HE FOUND SOMEONE, HE WOULD YELL
"ONE, TWO, THREE ON (WHOEVER THE PERSON WAS)."
THIS PERSON WAS THEN THE NEW IT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity Song: Game, Pastime, Sport

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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MIDNIGHT

ONE PLAYER IS THE FOX AND THE OTHER PLAYERS ARE THE
CHICKENS. THE FOX IS IN HIS DEN, A SMALL AREA
MARKED OFF AT ONE END OF THE PLAY SPACE. THE CHICKENS
APPROACH HIS DEN ASKING, "WHAT TIME IS IT?" THE FOX
MAY ANSWER ANY CLOCK TIME. WHEN HE ANSWERS "MIDNIGHT!"
THAT IS HIS SIGNAL THAT HE IS GOING TO CHASE THE
CHICKENS. AT THE SIGNAL, THE CHICKENS RUN FOR SAFETY.
THEY ARE SAFE WHEN THEY REACH A SPECIFIED AREA. ANY
WHO ARE CAUGHT BY THE FOX BEFORE REACHING SAFETY ARE
TAKEN TO HIS DEN AND ASSIST IN CATCHING THE CHICKENS
WHEN THE FOX SIGNALS. THE CHICKENS APPROACH THE FOX'S
DEN AND THE GAME CONTINUES UNTIL ALL THE PLAYERS ARE
TAGGED.

Submitter comment: SHE LEARNED FROM KIDS IN NEIGHBORHOOD.

Where learned: NEW YORK, ASSUMED ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity Song: Game, Pastime, Sport

Date learned: 10-29-1967

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LAGOON MAN

ONE PLAYER IS SELECTED AS THE LAGOON MAN. HE IS BLIND
FOLDED, THEN ORDERED TO TWIRL AROUND. WHEN HE
STOPS, THOSE OTHER PLAYERS WHO HAVE TAKEN LEAVE
FROM HIM MUST ALSO STOP AND NOT MOVE. THE LAGOON MAN
PROCEEDS TO STEP FORWARD AND THE FIRST PLAYER HE
CORRALS IS THE NEW LAGOON MAN.

Submitter comment: I LEARNED THIS WHEN I WAS SMALL. I DON'T KNOW FROM WHO.

Where learned: NEW YORK, ASSUMED ; HAMBURG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity Song: Game, Pastime, Sport

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A POPULAR GAME WE USED TO PLAY IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD WHEN
I WAS YOUNG WAS "WHAT TIME IS IT, MR. FOX?"
ONE PERSON WOULD BE MR. FOX, FACING A WALL, ACROSS
AN AREA FROM THE REST OF THE CHLDREN. THE CHILDREN
WOULD THEN ASK HIM WHAT TIME IT WAS AND HE'S GIVE A
NUMBER. THE CHILDREN WOULD THEN TAKE THAT AMOUNT OF
STEPS FORWARD. THIS WOULD CONTINUE UNTIL MR. FOX
WOULD ANSWER, "IT'S MIDNIGHT!" AT WHICH TIME HE WOULD
TURN AROUND AND TRY TO CATCH SOMEONE. EVERYONE WOULD
THEN TRY TO REACH SAFETY WHICH WAS THE PLACE WHERE
THEY BEGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity Song: Game, Pastime, Sport

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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KICK THE CAN

THIS GAME CAN BE PLAYED BY ANY NUMBER OF PEOPLE. ALL
THAT IS NEEDED IS A LARGE FIELD. TO START THE GAME,
ONE PERSON IS MADE 'IT,' AND IT IS HIS RESPONSIBILITY
TO CATCH THE OTHERS. THE FIRST PERSON HE CATCHES WILL
BE IT AT THE START OF THE NEXT GAME. THERE ARE TWO
GOAL LINES WHICH REPRESENT FREE ZONES AND THE OBJECT
IS TO GET FROM ONE ZONE TO THE OTHER WITHOUT GETTING
CAUGHT. THE ONE WHO IS IT CALLS ONE PERSON ACROSS
OR HE CAN SAY "KICK THE CAN" IN WHICH CASE, EVERYONE
TRIES TO GET ACROSS AT THE SAME TIME.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; CHICAGO ; ASSUMED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity Song: Game, Pastime, Sport

Date learned: MANY YEARS AGO

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RED ROVER

A GROUP OF KIDS GET TOGTHER AND TWO CAPTAINS ARE
CHOSEN. THE CAPTAINS GET ALTERNATE TURNS AT CHOOSING
MEMBERS FOR THEIR TEAMS, SO THEY WILL BE EVENLY
MATCHED. THEN THE TEAMS LINE UP OPPOSITE EACH OTHER,
PERHAPS ON OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE STREET, AND THE TEAM
MEMBERS LOCK HANDS WITH EACH OTHER. THEN ONE CAPTAIN
YELLS OUT, RED ROVER, RED ROVER, SEND (NAME) OVER.
THE PERSON CALLED MUST RELEASE HIMSELF FROM HIS TEAM
AND RUN AS FAST AS HE CAN TOWARD THE OTHER TEAM. HE
CAN SWERVE AND DODGE SO THEY DON'T KNOW EXACTLY
WHERE HE WILL HIT. HE MUST PICK A SPOT AND BY THE
FORCE OF HIS RUNNING BODY TRY TO BREAK THE HANDGRIP
OF HIS OPPONENTS. IF HE BREAKS THROUGH THEIR LINE,
THEN HE CAN CHOOSE ANY ONE OF THEIR TEAM TO COME TO
HIS TEAM WITH HIM. IF HE CAN'T BREAK THROUGH, THEN
HE BECOMES A MEMBER OF HIS ORIGINAL OPPONENTS TEAM.
THE TEAMS ALTERNATE IN CALLING PEOPLE OVER AND THE
GAME CONTINUES UNTIL ONE TEAM OR THE OTHER HAS NO
MORE MEMBERS LEFT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT PLAYED THIS GAME ON THE SCHOOL PLAYGROUND
(GESU) IN DETROIT WHEN SHE WENT THERE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity Song: Game, Pastime, Sport

Date learned: 12-00-1963 ; 01-00-1964

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RED ROVER

THE GAME STARTS OUT BY THE PICKING OF TEAMS. EACH
TEAM LINES UP FACING EACH OTHER AND HOLDS HANDS.
ONE TEAM CALLS "RED ROVER, RED ROVER, LET (SOMEBODY'S
NAME) COME OVER." THAT PERSON RUNS AND TRIES TO BREAK
THROUGH A PAIR OF INTERLOCKING HANDS. IF HE BREAKS
THROUGH, THEN HE CAN TAKE A MAN BACK TO HIS TEAM. IF
HE DOESN'T BREAK THROUGH, HE REMAINS ON THE OTHER
TEAM. THE GAME ENDS WHEN ONE TEAM LOSES ALL OF THEIR
PLAYERS.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; GLENVIEW

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Pastime
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity Song: Game, Pastime, Sport

Date learned: 11-29-1970

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HIDE AND SEEK

THE PLAYERS WOULD CHOOSE AN "IT" WHO WAS USUALLY THE
SCAPEGOAT OF THE GROUP. HE WOULD BLIND HIS EYES AND
COUNT WHILE THE OTHERS HID. AFTER COUNTING, HE BEGAN
TO LOOK FOR HIS FRIENDS. WHEN HE FOUND ONE, HE
SHOUTED: "1-2-3...I SEE (NAME)." THEN HE RAN BACK
TO TOUCH TO GOAL BEFORE THE PERSON HE DISCOVERED
COULD. THEN THAT PERSON WAS IT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HIS FRIENDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity Song: Game, Pastime, Sport

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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HIDE AND SEEK

THE PERSON WHO WAS IT BLINDED HIS EYES WHILE THE
OTHERS HID. AFTER COUNTING TO A CERTAIN NUMBER, HE
WOULD TRY TO FIND THOSE HIDDEN AND DRAG THEM BACK
ACROSS A LINE. IF SOMEONE COULD GET TO THOSE
WHO HAD BEEN ALREADY CAUGHT WITHOUT HIMSELF GETTING
CAUGHT, HE COULD FREE THE OTHERS BY TOUCHING THEM SO
THEY COULD HIDE AGAIN. THE PERSON WHO WAS IT COULD
END THE GAME BY YELLING, "OK, I GIVE UP."

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM THE NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity Song: Game, Pastime, Sport

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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HIDE AND GO SEEK

THIS GAME WAS PLAYED WITH THREE OR MORE PEOPLE IN AN
AREA SUCH AS THE WOODS, WHICH OFFERED NUMEROUS PLACES
FOR HIDING. ONE PERSON WAS SELECTED TO BE "IT" OR THE
ONE WHO HAD TO FIND THE OTHERS. CERTAIN BOUNDARIES
WERE SET UP OUTSIDE OF WHICH WE COULD NOT GO. THEN
THE PERSON WHO WAS "IT" HAD TO COVER HIS EYES, STAND
FACING A TREE AND COUNT SLOWLY TO A HUNDRED. WHILE
THIS PERSON WAS COUNTING, EVERYONE ELSE RAN OFF AND
SECURED THEMSELVES A GOOD HIDING PLACE. AFTER THE "IT"
HAD FINISHED COUNTING, HE SCOURED THE AREA, TRYING TO
FIND WHERE EVERYBODY WAS HIDING. HE EITHER HAD TO
TOUCH YOU OR WITH HIS HAND ON THE TREE USED FOR
COUNTING, YELL OUT YOUR NAME AND WHERE YOU WERE HIDING.
IF THIS WAS DONE, THAT GAME WAS OVER, EVERYONE CAME
OUT OF HIDING AND A NEW GAME WAS STARTED WITH THE
PERSON WHO WAS DISCOVERED BEING "IT."

Submitter comment: WE USED TO PLAY THIS GAME IN THE COUNTRY WHERE WE
LIVED FOR SEVERAL YEARS.

Where learned: INDIANA ; FORT WAYNE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity Song: Game, Pastime, Sport

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GO SHEEPY GO

THIS WAS A CHILDREN'S GAME, BUT IT WAS JUST LIKE
HIDE 'N' SEEK.

Submitter comment: PLAYED WHEN SHE WAS A GIRL IN GLOUCESTER, OHIO.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; DETROIT ; GLOUCESTER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity Song: Game, Pastime, Sport

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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TACKLINA WAS PLAYED BY TWO SIDES WHO WOULD LINE UP
ON OPPSITE SIDES OF THE FIELD. THEY WOULD THEN RUN
TO THE OTHER SIDE, TRYING TO PREVENT THE OTHER SIDE
FROM DOING SO, BY TACKLING THEM. IF SOMEONE IS
TACKLED, HE BECOMES A MEMBER OF THE OTHER SIDE.
THE GAME CONTINUES UNTIL ALL HAVE BEEN TACKLED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; JACKSON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Bodily Activity Song: Game, Pastime, Sport

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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