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CHING CHONG CHINAMAN

CHING CHONG CHINAMAN
SITTING ON A FENCE
TRYING TO MAKE A DOLLAR
OUT OF FIFTY-FIVE CENTS. MM
YOU MISSED.
YOU MISSED.
YOU MISSED
LIKE THIS.

Submitter comment: THIS IS SUNG WHILE JUMPING FIRST WITH LEGS APART AND THEN WITH LEGS
CROSSED. YOU WANT TO END UP WITH YOUR LEGS CROSSED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; EAST DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00001970S

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CHILDREN'S GAMES

"MOTHER MAY I"
OBJECT OF THE GAME IS TO BECOME MOTHER. THIS GAME IS
PLAYED LIKE SIMON SAYS EXCEPT THAT INSTEAD OF SAYING
"SIMON SAYS" YOU SAY "MOTHER MAY I." THE FIRST TO TOUCH
"MOTHER" WINS AND BECOMES THE NEW MOTHER. MM
"TEACHER" CAN BE PLAYED BY USING HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS
OR OTHER MATERIALS. AFTER CHOOSING A TEACHER ALL "STUDENTS"
BEGIN ON THE BOTTOM STEP OF A FRONT OR BACK PORCH.THE
FIRST TO REACH THE TOP STEP BECOMES THE NEW TEACHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 04-00-1983

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STATUES

ONE CHILD IS THE 'BUYER,' ONE IS THE 'SELLER,' AND
ALL THE REST BECOME STATUES. THE SELLER TAKES EACH
CHILD, IN TURN, BY THE ARM, SWINGS HIM AROUND AND
AROUND, THEN LETS GO. THE CHILD FREEZES INTO A
POSITION; THE BUYER COMES IN AND TOUCHES (IN TURN)
EACH STATUE AND THE STATUE PERFORM TRICKS. THE
BUYER DECIDES WHICH STATUE HE LIKES THE BEST, PUR-
CHASES IT, AND THAT STATUE BECOMES THE BUYER FOR THE
NEXT GAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

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

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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STATUES

A GAME WHERE EVERYONE SPINS AROUND UNTIL SOMEONE
YELLS STOP, AND THEN YOU "BECOME A STATUE" AND TRY
TO HOLD WHATEVER POSITION YOU ARE IN. NOT A
COMPETETIVE GAME, AND THERE IS NO FORMULA FOR
CHOOSING A WINNER OR LOSER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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HOP SCOTCH--SPIRAL

PLAYER MUST JUMPT TO THE CENTER AND BACK ON ONE FOOT
WITHOUT STEPPING ON THE LINES. IF PLAYER DOES THIS,
PLAYER GETS HER INITIALS IN ONE OF THE SQUARES AND
THE NEXT TIME AROUND GETS TO REST WITH TWO FEET
IN THAT SQUARE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00001967 FALL

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HOP SCOTCH

IN CRISS-CROSS PATTERN, NUMBERED FROM 1-10, A
STONE IS THROWN IN A NUMBERED SQUARE, YOU MUST THEN
PROCEED TO MAKE YOUR WAY TO THIS NUMBER. IF
YOU MISS, START OVER.

Submitter comment: FROM FRIENDS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 11-01-1967

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STIR THE SOUP

SEVERAL "INGREDIENTS" ARE CHOSEN TO BE IN THE SOUP,
THE CENTER OF THE CIRCLE. THE COOK WALKS ABOUT AND
PRETENDS TO STIR THE SOUP; ALL OF THE "INGREDIENTS"
MOVE ABOUT. WHEN THE COOK CLAPS HIS HANDS, THE
SOUP IS DONE AND EACH CHILD RUNS TO HIS PLACE IN THE
CIRCLE. THE FIRST TO BE SEATED IS THE NEXT COOK
IN THE SOUP BOWL.

Submitter comment: FROM MY CRITIC TEACHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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GABBLE WALK

ONE CHILD IS CHOSEN AS THE TURKEY. THE GROUP WALK
ABOUT IN A CIRCLE. WHEN THE TURKEY GOBBLES, THEY
TURN AND WALK IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION.

Submitter comment: FROM MY CRITIC TEACHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 12-00-1966

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CHOOSING GAME

CHILD WHO IS TO CHOOSE STANDS IN FRONT OF THE
ONE HE CHOOSES. AS LINES ONE AND TWO OF MUFFIN MAN
SONG ARE SUNG, CHILD DANCES UP AND DOWN ON HIS
TOES; HANDS ON HIPS. AS LINES THREE AND FOUR ARE
SUNG, THE CHILD THE CHOSEN CHILD STANDS IN FRONT
OF ANOTHER CHILD. THESE TWO CHILDREN SKIP AROUND
THE CIRCLE AND THE GAME CONTINUES.

Submitter comment: FROM WATCHING CHILDREN PLAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 12-00-1966

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SAME AS "GRAY DUCK" EXCEPT YOU SAY "BIRTHDAY,
BIRTHDAY, SURPRISE." AND THE ONES CAUGHT MUST SIT
LIKE A CANDLE ON THE BIRTHDAY CAKE IN THE CENTER
OF THE CIRCLE.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM WATCHING KINDERGARDEN CHILDREN.
FROM MY CRITIC TEACHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 12-00-1966

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STATUE

THIS GAME IS PLAYED WITH TWO OR MORE PEOPLE. ONE
PERSON IS THE SWINGER. HE SWINGS EACH OTHER PLAYER
BY HIS ARM IN A CIRCLE, AND WHEN HE LETS HIM GO,
THE PERSON BEING SWUNG IS TO FREEZE IN WHATEVER
POSITION HE LANDS. AFTER EACH PLAYER HAS BEEN THUS
SWUNG, THE SWINGER PICKS THE FUNNIEST, MOST
HORRIBLE, ETC., POSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN

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

Date learned: 10-02-1965

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SKIPPING TAG

GET IN A LARGE CIRCLE. TWO CHILDREN START THE GAME
AND EACH CHILD SKIPS AROUND THE CIRCLE AND TAGS A
PERSON, THEN RETURNS TO HIS ORIGINAL PLACE. THE NEXT
SET OF CHILDREN DO THE SAME.

Submitter comment: LEARNED IN MY KINDERGARTEN EDUCATION COURSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 12-00-1966

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JOHNNY, MAY I CROSS YOUR BRIDGE?

THE GAME IS PLAYED ON A LAWN. ALL THE CHLDREN EXCEPT
ONE, WHO IS JOHNNY, ARE ON ONE SIDE OF THE LAWN.
JOHNNY IS AT THE OTHER.
ONE CHILD: JOHNNY, MAY I CROSS YOUR BRIDGE?
JOHNNY: NOT UNLESS YOU HAVE (A COLOR) ON.
IF THE CHILD HAS THE COLOR ON, HE MAY WALK TO THE OTHER
SIDE OF THE LAWN. IF NOT, HE MUST RUN ACROSS AND TRY
NOT TO GET CAUGHT. PLAY CONTINUES FROM ONE SIDE TO
THE OTHER UNTIL ALL THE CHILDREN BUT ONE ARE CAUGHT.
THIS CHILD BECOMES "IT" OR JOHNNY.

Submitter comment: KAREN LEARNED THIS FROM AND PLAYED IT WITH NEIGHBOR
CHILDREN IN NORTHWEST DETROIT.

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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RED LIGHT, GREEN LIGHT

THIS GAME IS PLAYED WITH AN "IT." THE "IT" TURNS HIS
BACK ON THE OTHER PLAYERS AND SAYS: "YELLOW, BLUE,
BROWN, RED LIGHT." WHEN HE SAYS "RED LIGHT," HE
TURNS AROUND TO FACE THE PLAYERS. ALL THE TIME THAT
HE HAD BEEN NAMING COLORS, (THE CHOICE AND NUMBER OF
COLORS NAMED BEING ARBITRARY) THE REST OF THE PLAYERS
HAD BEEN SNEAKING UP ON HIM FROM SOME STARTING POINT.
AT "RED LIGHT," THEY MUST FREEZE IN THEIR POSITIONS,
BECAUSE IF "IT" TURNS AROUND AND SEES THEM MOVING,
THEY MUST GO BACK TO THE START. WHEN THE "IT" IS
SATISFIED THAT NO ONE IS MOVING WHILE FACING HIM,
HE TURNS AROUND AND BEGINS NAMING COLORS AGAIN WHILE
THE OTHERS ADVANCE AGAIN. THE GAME ENDS WHEN ONE OF
THE PLAYERS TOUCHES THE "IT."

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HIS BUDDIES.

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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WAR

TO PLAY THIS GAME, BOTH SIDES SHOULD BE NUMERICALLY
EVEN. WHEN THE GAME IS STARTED, ONE TEAM SEEKS OUT
THE OTHER TEM TO 'SHOOT' THEM. IF SHOT, YOU MUST
LAY ON THE GROUND WHERE YOU WERE SHOT UNTIL THE GAME
ENDS. YOU GNOW YOU ARE SHOT WHEN SOMEONE YELLS: "BANK,
I SHOT YOU."

Submitter comment: THE 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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MOTHER, MAY I?

THIS IS A GAME WHERE THE OBJECT IS TO REACH THE PERSON
WHO IS "IT," BY TAKING DIFFERENT SIZE STEPS. THE
FIRST PERSON CALLS OUT TO THE "IT" "MOTHER, MAY I TAKE
FOUR GIANT STEPS?" HERE, THE NUMBER OF STEPS IS
ARBITRARY AND THERE ARE DIFFERENT KINDS OF STEPS.
THERE IS THE GIANT STEP--THE PERSON TAKES HIS LONGEST
STRIDE; THE BABY STEP--THE PERSON TAKES ONE FOOT AND
PLACES HIS HEEL OF ONE FOOT TO THE TOE OF THE OTHER;
THE BANANA PEEL--THE PERSON KEEPS ONE FOOT STATIONARY
AND PIVOTS AS FAR AS HE IS ABLE WITH THE OTHER; THE
RABBIT HOP--THE PERSON HOPS WITH BOTH FEET TOGETHER;
THE UMBRELLA TURN--STEPPING OUT WITH ONE FOOT WITH ARMS
OUTSTRETCHED AND THEN TURNING AROUND BY MOVING THE
OTHER FOOT IN THE DIRECTION OF THE "IT."
ALTHOUGH THE PERSON MAY ASK FOR SO MANY STEPS, THE
FINAL DECISION IS UP TO THE "IT." IF HE APPROVES, YOU
EXECUTE THE NUMBER OF STEPS AND THE TYPE OF STEP
AGREED UPON. IF HE DOES NOT, HE TELLS YOU HOW MANY
STEPS TO TAKE OF ONE KIND. IF YOU FORGET TO BEGIN EACH
REQUEST WITH "MOTHER, MAY I," YOU RETURN TO THE
STARTING POINT AND BEGIN AGAIN.

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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WAR

THIS IS A GAME WHERE THE PLAYERS CHOOSE UP SIDES AND
DECIDE BEFORE THEY BEGIN PLAYING WHO THE WINENR
WILL BE. THIS TEAM IS CALLED THE AMERICANS. THE
LOSING TEAM IS CALLED THE JAPS OR NAZIS. THEY
WOULD THEN SEPARATE AND SEEK OUT THE OPPOSING SIDE
AND HAVE A MOCK BATTLE IN WHICH THE LEADER OF THE
AMERICANS ALWAYS DIED A GLORIOUS, HEROIC DEATH.

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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HOP SCOTCH

TO PLAY THE GAME ON EITHER OF THE TWO DIAGRAMS, YOU
NEEDED A STONE. THE PLAYER TAKES THE STONE AND
THROWS IT ON THE ONE MARKED "1" AND HOPS ON IT AND
THEN BACK. HE THEN THROWS IT ON 2, HOPS TO IT BY
MEANS OF ALL THE SQUARES WITH LESS NUMERICAL VALUE
THAN THE ONE HIS STONE IS ON AND HOPS BACK. HE
KEEPS GOING UNTIL HE JUMPS OUTSIDE THE LINE OR
THROWS HIS MARKER IN THE WRONG SQUARE. THEN IT IS
THE NEXT PLAYER'S TURN.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM 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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HOP SCOTCH

THE WAY THE GAME IS PLAYED ON THE DIAGRAM BELOW IS AS
FOLLOWS: A STONE IS THROWN (OR A PIECE OF TAR) ONTO
ONE OF THE SQUARES. IF IT BOUNCES OUTSIDE THE LINES,
YOU MUST WAIT FOR ANOTHER TURN BEFORE YOU TRY AGAIN.
THE STONE OR TAR MUST BE THROWN ON ALL OF THE NUMBERS
IN SEQUENCE, I.E., 1, 2, 3, ETC. THEN THE PERSON MUST
GET TO HIS STONE BY HOPPING. ONE FOOT IS HOPPED ON IN
THE 1, 4, 5, 8, 9, AND 12TH SQUARES AND THE OTHERS
MUST BE HOPPED ON SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH THE LEFT AND RIGHT
FEET. SO, THE WAY TO GET TO THE 7TH SQUARE, FOR
EXAMPLE WOULD BE: 1 (RIGHT), 2-3 (RIGHT AND LEFT) 4
(RIGHT), 5 (RIGHT), 6-7 (RIGHT AND LEFT). YOU THEN
PICK UP YOUR MARKER AND REVERSE THE PROCESS.
THE GAME ENDS WHEN YOU HAVE SUCCESSFULLY GONE TO 12
AND BACK.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM THE OTHER CHILDREN IN THE
NEIGHBORHOOD.

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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HOP SCOTCH

TO PLAY, YOU TAKE A STONE AND THROW IT ON THE NUMBERED
SQUARES. YOU HAD TO THROW IT SO THE STONE DID NOT TOUCH
THE DIVIDING LINES OR BOUNCE OUT. IT ALSO HAD TO BE
THROWN IN THE ORDER, 1 TO 12. YOU THEN HAD TO HOP AND
GET YOUR STONE WITHOUT HOPPING ON A SQUARE WITH A
STONE ON IT OR LOSING YOUR BALANCE. IF YOU DID, YOU
LOST YOUR TURN.

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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