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BEAVER

CHILDREN'S GAME PLAYED WHILE RIDING IN A CAR. A BEAVER IS A STATION
WAGON AND ALL THE PLAYERS COUNT BEAVERS. THE ONE WITH THE MOST
BEAVERS AT THE END OF THE TRIP WINS.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; Wappingers Falls

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C531
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 00001960S

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GAME

IN DETROIT DURING THE PRE-TELEVISION YEARS, CHILDREN USED TO SIT
ON THEIR PORCHES IN THE EVENING AND COUNT CONVERTIBLE CARS AS THEY
WENT BY. THE FIRST CHILD TO COUNT FIFTY CARS WON AN ICE
CREAM CONE OR A PIECE OF BUBBLE GUM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): AUTOMOBILE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C531
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.50

Date learned: 00-00-1939

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COUNTING GAME

THE MOTHER WOULD LAY TOOTHPICKS ON THE TABLE. THE CHILD WOULD
WOULD HAVE TO COUNT THE TOOTHPICKS. THE MOTHER WOULD THEN
EITHER ADD OR SUBRACT TOOTHPICKS. THE CHILD WOULD THEN COUNT THEM
AGAIN. THIS WOULD BE DONE OVER AND OVER UNTIL THE CHILD KNEW HOW
TO COUNT ACCURATELY.

Where learned: WEST VIRGINIA ; MINDEN

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION ; TEACHING

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C531
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 00-00-1924

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COUNTING GAME

THE MOTHER WOULD LAY TOOTHPICKS ON THE TABLE. THE CHILD WOULD
HAVE TO COUNT THE TOOTHPICKS. THE MOTHER WOULD THEN EITHER
ADD OR SUBTRACT TOOTHPICKS. THE CHILD WOULD THEN COUNT THEM AGAIN.
THIS WOULD BE DONE OVER AND OVER UNTIL THE CHILD KNEW HOW TO
COUNT ACCURATELY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C531
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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COUNTING GAME

ONE, TWO BUCKLE MY SHOE.
THREE, FOUR SHUT THE DOOR.
FIVE, SIX PICK UP STICKS.
SEVEN, EIGHT LAY THEM STRAIGHT.
NINE, TEN START OVER AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C531

Date learned: 00001940S

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TEN LITTLE INDIANS

ONE LITTLE, TWO LITTLE, THREE LITTLE INDIANS. FOUR LITTLE, FIVE
LITTLE, SIX LITTLE INDIANS. SEVEN LITTLE, EIGHT LITTLE, NINE LITTLE
INDIANS. TEN LITTLE INDIAN BOYS.

Submitter comment: THIS CAN BE USED TO TEACH CHILDREN HOW TO COUNT TO TEN. WHILE THE
SAYING IS SAID AT THE SAME TIME THE CHILD IS RAISING THE FINGERS
THAT CORRESPOND TO THE NUMBERS IN THE GAME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WESTLAND

James Callow Keyword(s): FUNCTION

Subject headings: 686 First / Once / One / Newness
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C531

Date learned: 00001940S

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FREEZE

THIS GAME, A VERSION OF TAG AND HIDE AND SEEK, INVOLVED AS MANY
PLAYERS AS ONE WANTED. IN IT SOMEONE WAS CHOSEN TO COUNT TO TEN
WHILE SUPPOSEDLY CLOSING HIS EYES. DURING THIS TIME, CHILDREN
HID. THE OBJECT OF THIS GAME WAS FOR THE PLAYERS TO REACH A HOME
BASE, WHICH IN THIS CASE WAS A LAUNDRY POLE, BEFORE THE ONE PERSON
COULD TAG SOMEONE.

Submitter comment: THIS WASN'T A BAD GAME ACCORDING TO MY FATHER, BUT IT JUST LOST ITS
APPEAL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HAMTRAMCK

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Hiding Searching
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C531

Date learned: 00-00-1930

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"BUZZ"

THIS DRINKING GAME IS BEST WHEN PLAYED WITH 5-10 PEOPLE.
THE GROUP ARRANGES ITSELF IN A CIRCLE AND, BEGINNING IN A
CLOCKWISE DIRECTION, EACH PERSON SAYS ONE NUMBER STARTING WITH
1, 2, 3... AND SO ON. WHEN THE NUMBER SEVEN IS REACHED,
THE PERSON WHO WAS SUPPOSED TO SAY THE NUMBER SEVEN SAYS BUZZ
INSTEAD, AND THE DIRECTION REVERSES. THIS CONTINUES UNTIL THE NEXT
SEVEN OR MULTIPLE OF SEVEN. E.G., 7, 14, 17, 21, 27, 28, 35...
REVERSING DIRECTION EACH TIME "BUZZ" IS SAID.
WHEN A PERSON DOES NOT SAY BUZZ AT THE PROPER TIME (ON A SEVEN
OR ONE OF ITS MULTIPLES) THEN HE/SHE LOSES. THE PENALTY FOR LOSING
IS USUALLY DRINKING A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF BEER (ABOUT 6 TO 12 OUNCES).
THIS MUST BE CONSUMED VERY RAPIDLY.

Submitter comment: VARIATIONS OF THE GAME USE OTHER NUMBERS AND THEIR MULTIPLES
SUCH AS THE NUMBERS 3, 4, 6, 8, AND 9. WHEN USING EASIER NUMBERS
SUCH AS 5 AND 7, IT IS POSSIBLE TO USE BOTH NUMBERS SAYING
"BUZZ FOR 5 AND ITS MULTIPLES, AND "BANG FOR 7 AND ITS MULTIPLES,
REVERSING DIRECTION ONLY WHEN "BUZZ" IS SAID.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: 686 Fifths
686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C531

Date learned: 00-00-1978

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BEAVER

A COMMON CHILDHOOD GAME PLAYED DURING CAR TRIPS IS
COUNTING "BEAVERS," OR STATION WAGONS, WITH THE WINNER
BEING THE ONE HAVING COUNTED THE MOST BEAVERS DURING
THE TRIP. THE FIRST PERSON TO SEE A STATION WAGON SAYS
"BEAVER," AND CLAIMS IT AS HIS. IN THIS WAY TOTALS
ARE ADDED.

Submitter comment: THIS GAME WAS FREQUENTLY PLAYED BY MYSELF DURING CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; POUGHKEEPSIE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C531

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AUTOMOBILE GAME

WHEN TRAVELING, CHILDREN CAN PASS THE TIME BY PLAYING
A GAME WHICH INVOLVES COUNTING COWS. TWO CAN PLAY,
EACH CHILD TAKING ONE SIDE OF THE ROAD. WHENEVER THE
CAR PASSES COWS, THE CHILD WHOSE SIDE THEY ARE ON
COUNTS THEM OR ESTIMATES THEIR NUMBER. EACH KEEPS
TRACK OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF COWS FOR HIS SIDE. IF THE
CAR PASSES A CEMETERY, THE CHILD WHOSE SIDE IT'S ON
LOSES ALL HIW COWS. THE WINNER IS THE ONE WHO REACHES
A PREDESIGNATED NUMBER OF COWS FIRST, OR ELSE THE ONE
WHO HAS THE MOST COWS WHEN THE TRIP ENDS.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C531

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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ONE POTATOE, TWO POTATOE, THREE POTATOE,
MORE, FOUR POTATOES, 5 POTATOES, 6 POTATOES, SCORE.
THIS IS USED WHEN PLAYING GAMES. IT'S MOST OFTEN USED
BY CHILDREN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C531

Date learned: 03-17-1971

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WHEN RIDING THROUGH A COUNTRY AREA, YOU DIVIDE THE
CHILDREN INTO TWO GROUPS, ONE TO EACH SIDE OF THE CAR.
THE CHILDREN THEN PROCEED TO COUNT ALL THE COWS THAT
THEY PASS ON THEIR SIDE OF THE CAR. IF A CEMETERY IS
PASSED, THE CHILDREN WHOSE SIDE IT IS ON LOSE THEIR
COUNT AND MUST START OVER AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- C531

Date learned: 02-28-1971

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