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COLORED EGGS

AT LEAST THREE PLAYERS ARE NEEDED, BUT THE MORE THE BETTER. ONE KID
PLAYS THE WOLF, ONE PLAYS THE MOTHER, AND THE REST ARE EGGS. BEFORE
THE GAME STARTS, THE WOLF GOES AWAY WHERE HE CANNOT HEAR, WHILE THE
MOTHER ASSIGNS EACH OF THE EGGS A COLOR. AT THE GAME'S START, THE
WOLF KNOCKS AT AN IMAGINARY DOOR AND THE MOTHER ANSWERS. HE ASKS HER
IF SHE HAS ANY COLORED EGGS. SHE REPLIES "NO." BUT AT THAT MOMENT
ALL THE EGGS IN THE BACKGROUND GO "PEEP-PEEP-PEEP." HE PUSHES THE
MOTHER ASIDE, AND GOES INTO THE "HOUSE." HE THEN NAMES OFF COLORS
UNTIL HE GUESSES THE COLOR OF ONE OF THE EGGS. THAT EGG MUST THEN
RUN AROUND A DESIGNATED AREA, SUCH AS THE BACK YARD. IF THE WOLF
CATCHES HIM, THAT EGG BECOMES THE WOLF, AND THE GAME STARTS ALL OVER
AGAIN, WITH THE ORIGINAL WOLF NOW BECOMING AN EGG, AND THE REST OF
THE EGGS GETTING NEW COLORS. (THE ROLE OF MOTHER MAY OR MAY NOT
ROTATE.) IF THE EGG IS NOT CAUGHT, HE GOES BACK TO THE HOUSE AND THE
WOLF GUESSES OTHER EGGS' COLORS. (IN MY WORDS)

Submitter comment: THIS GAME IS ESPECIALLY POPULAR WITH BOYS AND GIRLS UNDER AGE TEN.
AFTER THAT AGE, IT IS PLAYED ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY BY GIRLS. A POSSIBLE
EXPLANATION FOR THIS COULD BE THAT THE BOY DOES NOT LIKE HAVING TO
OCCASIONALLY TAKE THE ROLE OF THE MOTHER.

Where learned: OHIO ; MASSILLON

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Guessing

Date learned: 09-00-1973

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BLIND MAN'S BLUFF

WE USED TO PLAY BLIND MAN'S BLUFF WHEN WE WERE KIDS.
ONE OF US WAS BLINDFOLDED AND SPUN AROUND. HE HAD TO FIND
SOMEBODY AND GUESS WHO IT WAS. THE REST OF US FROZE IN OUR
TRACKS AND COULD ONLY BEND OUT OF HIS REACH KEEPING OUR FEET
IN ONE SPOT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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SEVEN TAPPERS

WHEN I WAS IN GRADE SCHOOL, ST. LUCY'S, ON RAINY DAYS WHEN WE
COULDN'T GO OUT ON THE PLAYGROUND AT NOON, WE WOULD PLAY
THIS GAME. SISTER WOULD PICK SEVEN PEOPLE, THE TAPPERS, AND
THE REST OF US WOULD PUT OUR HEADS DOWN ON THE DESK. THE
TAPPERS WOULD GO AROUND QUIETLY AND TAP SEVEN PEOPLE ON THE
HEAD. THESE SEVEN PEOPLE WOULD THEN TRY TO GUESS WHICH ONE
HAD TAPPED THEM. IF THEY GUESSED RIGHT, THEY BECAME A TAPPER.
IF THEY GUESSED WRONG, THE TAPPER REMAINED ONE. THE OBJECT WAS
TO STAY A TAPPER AS LONG AS YOU COULD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Guessing

Date learned: 00001950S

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ADVENT CALENDAR

FOR ADVENT ONE OF THE KIDS IN THE FAMILY (USUALLY THE OLDEST)
WOULD MAKE AN ADVENT CALENDAR. THIS CONSISTS OF TWO LARGE
PIECES OF CARDBOARD PUT TOGETHER. THERE WOULD BE A PICTURE ON ONE
SIDE AND CERTAIN ITEMS IN THE PICTURE WOULD BE NUMBERED AND MADE
SO IT COULD BE OPENED. BEHIND EACH NUMBER (ONE FOR EACH DAY
OF DECEMBER) WOULD BE A PICTURE AND THE REST OF THE FAMILY WOULD
GUESS WHAT IT WOULD BE. ALWAYS BEHIND #25 WOULD BE THE
NATIVITY SCENE. ONLY ONE NUMBER WOULD BE OPENED A DAY. THERE
WAS NO REWARD FOR GUESSING THE RIGHT PICTURE.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname and place of residence.
 

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 645 645.2
Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Guessing
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Month
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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IT USED TO BE TRADITION IN OUR FAMILY TO HAVE ADVENT CARDS. ONE
MEMBER OF THE FAMILY WOULD MAKE CARDS WITH A PICTURE AND A NAME
OF A SAINT ON IT. WE WOULD PICK ONE FROM A HAT AND HAVE TO TELL ABOUT
"OUR" SAINT THE FOLLOWING WEEK. THE CATCH WAS THAT THE FIRST LETTER
OF THE NAMES COMBINED WOULD SPELL A WORD (EX. "CHRISTMAS")  AND WE
WOULD TRY TO FIGURE WHAT IT WAS.

Data entry tech comment:

Informant and collector share the same surname and place of residence.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 645 645.2
Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Guessing
BELIEF -- P645

Date learned: 10-07-1977

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GAME

CHICK-A-MA, CHICK-A-MA, CRY OR CROW, I WENT TO THE WELL TO WASH MY TOE. WHEN I CAME BACK MY CHICKEN WAS GONE. WHAT TIME IS IT OLD WITCH? IN THIS GAME SEVERAL CHILDREN PICK A NUMBER. THE PERSON THAT IS IT, OR THE WITCH, IS NOT SUPPOSED TO KNOW WHAT THE NUMBER IS. WHEN THE CHILDREN ASK, "WHAT TIME IS IT, OLD WITCH?", IF SHE CALLS A TIME THAT BELONGS TO ONE OF THE CHILDREN THAT CHILD MUST RUN. IF THE CHILD IS CAUGHT BY THE WITCH, THAT CHILD THEN BECOMES THE WITCH. THE PROCEDURE IS THEN REPEATED. THE INFORMANT SAID THIS WAS ONE OF HER FAVORITE CHASE GAMES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Guessing
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 11-06-1972

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MY FATHER OWNS

CHILDREN SIT ON PORCH WITH ONE STANDING IN FRONT. HE SAYS
"MY FATHER OWNS A GROCERY STORE WITH VEGETABLES (OR OTHER ITEM)
THAT STARTS WITH A, B, C ETC. WHOEVER GUESSES ITEM CAN CHASE "IT"
TO FREE PLACE. THEN THEY HAVE TO COME BACK. IF HE CAN TAG
"IT" , HE GETS TO BE "IT".

Submitter comment: NEIGHBORHOOD ITALIAN YOUNGSTERS PLAY THIS EVERY NIGHT IN SUMMER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Guessing

Date learned: 11-09-1972

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STONE SCHOOL

THIS IS A CHILD'S GAME USUALLY PLAYED ON A STAIRCASE. ALL THE
CHILDREN EXCEPT FOR THE ONE WHO IS THE "TEACHER" SIT ON THE
BOTTOM STEP. THE "TEACHER" HAS A STONE IN HIS HANDS, HE HIDES
HIS HANDS BEHIND HIS BACK AND PUTS THE STONE IN ONE. HE THEN
PRESENTS HIS CLOSED FISTS TO ONE OF THE CHILDREN. THE CHILD
MUST GUESS WHICH HAND THE STONE IS IN. IF HE GUESSES CORRECTLY
HE GETS TO MOVE UP ONE STEP (OR GRADE). IF HE GUESSES INCORRECTLY
HE JUST STAYS WHERE HE IS AND IT IS SOMEONE ELSE'S TURN. THE FIRST
CHILD TO REACH THE TOP OF THE STAIRS WINS AND BECOMES THE "TEACHER".

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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EYELASH

IF SOMEONE TELLS YOU AN EYELASH IS ON YOUR CHEEK, GUESS WHICH SIDE.
IF YOU ARE RIGHT, YOU WILL HAVE A WISH COME TRUE.

Where learned: HOME ; SCHOOL ; MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Guessing
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: CA1963-1975

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CUSTOM--MAY BASKETS

ON MAY DAY YOU MADE SPECIAL BASKETS OF CANDY, ETC., FOR YOUR FRIENDS,
HUNG IT ON THE DOORKNOB, RANG THE BELL AND RAN AWAY. THEN THE
PERSON CAME OUT AND CAUGHT YOU AND EVERYONE WENT IN AND HAD A FEAST
ON THE BASKET'S CONTENTS. THEY HAD TO GUESS WHO IT WAS FROM;
YOU DIDN'T PUT YOUR NAME ON IT.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT HEARD THIS FROM HER AUNT WHO SAW IT IN ACTION WHILE
TEACHING IN CHAPLIN, CONN., ABOUT THIRTY YEARS AGO. THE
INFORMANT SENT THIS TO ME IN A LETTER.

Where learned: HAMDEN ; CONNECTICUT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Guessing
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day

Date learned: 09-00-1967

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ROCK GAME

ONE POTATOE, TWO POTATOES, THREE POTATOES FOUR,
FIVE POTATOES, SIX POTATOES, SEVEN POTATOES MORE.

Submitter comment: THE LEADER WHO IS SINGING THE SONG ASKS THE PLAYER TO GUESS WHICH
HAND THE ROCK IS IN. IF THE PLAYER GUESSES WHICH HAND THE ROCK IS IN
HE GETS A CHANCE TO PASS TO A GRADE. THIS CONTINUES
ALL THE WAY UP TO THE TWELFTH GRADE. THIS GAME IS PLAYED ON THE
STEPS, AND YOU MOVE UP THE STEPS TO A HIGHER GRADE, IF YOU GUESS
THE RIGHT HAND THE ROCK IS IN.

Where learned: MISSISSIPPI ; MERIDIAN

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

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BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

AT BIRTHDAY PARTIES WHEN I WAS YOUNG WE WOULD HOLD THE PRESENTS OVER
THE BIRTHDAY BOY OR GIRL'S HEAD AND SAY,
"HAPPY HAPPY HANGOVER" AND THEN THIS PERSON WOULD HAVE
TO GUESS WHAT THE PRESENT WAS BY ASKING GUESTIONS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Guessing
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary

Date learned: CA00001970

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GUESSING GAME

A GROUP OF PERSONS HAVE TO GUESS WHAT THE LEADER IS THINKING ABOUT.
THEY GET CLUES WHEN HE TELLS THEM WITH WHICH LETTER IT STARTS AND
WITH WHICH LETTER IT FINISHES. IN SPANISH THE QUESTIONS ASKED RHYME.
FOR EXAMPLE VEO VEO, QUE VEZ; UNA COSITA, CON QUE LETRECITA; CON LA
LETRECITA----------.

Where learned: PUERTO RICO

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Guessing

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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MY FATHER OWNS A GROCERY STORE

TO BEGIN THIS GAME THE FIRST PERSON, OR THE LEADER, SAYS, "MY FATHER
OWNS A GROCERY STORE AND HE SELLS A". THE LEADER MAY USE ANY LETTER
IN THE ALAPHABET (A IS SIMPLY USED HERE AS AN EXAMPLE). THIS LETTER
IS USED TO INDICATE SOME TYPE OF FOOD WHOSE NAME BEGINS WITH THIS
LETTER. FOR EXAMPLE, A MAY STAND FOR APPLES, APRICOTS, ASPARAGUS,
ALMONDS, ETC. THE REMAINING PEOPLE THEN TRY TO GUESS THE FOOD THAT
THE LEADER HAS IN MIND. IF SOMEONE IS SUCCESSFUL IN GUESSING THE
FOOD, THEN THAT PERSON BECOMES THE LEADER AND EVERYONE ELSE MUST
GUESS. OFTEN, IF THE FOOD HASN'T BEEN GUESSED AFTER SEVERAL TRIES,
THE LEADER MAY GIVE CLUES TO THE FOOD HE HAS IN MIND. FOR EXAMPLE,
HE MAY SAY IF IT IS A FRUIT, VEGETABLE, MEAT, ETC. THE GAME
CONTINUES UNTIL THE PLAYERS TIRE OF IT.

Submitter comment: THIS GAME IS PLAYED BY THE INFORMANT AND HER FAMILY WHEN THEY ARE
DRIVING IN A CAR FOR LONG DISTANCES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): ALLITERATION

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

Date learned: CA00001970

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HANGMAN SPELLING GAME

ONE PERSON THINKS OF A WORD AND PUTS DOWN ON A PIECE OF PAPER THE
NUMBER OF BLANK SPACES THAT THERE ARE LETTERS IN THE WORD. THE OTHE
PERSON MUST NOW GUESS THE LETTERS UNTIL HE HAS SPELLED OUT THE WORD
OR HAS BEEN HANGED. LET'S SAY I HAVE DECIDED ON THE WORD AND YOU AR
GUESSING IT. I DRAW THE BLANK SPACES AND A SIMPLE GALLOWS WITH ROPE
YOU NOW GUESS A LETTER. IF THAT LETTER IS IN THE WORD I FILL IN THE
APPROPRIATE BLANK SPACE. IF THE LETTER APPEARS MORE THAN ONCE I MUS
FILL IN EACH APPEARANCE. IF THE LETTER IS NOT IN THE WORD I WRITE I
DOWN AND DRAW A CIRCLE FOR YOUR HEAD CONNECTED TO THE GALLOW ROPE.
AFTER YOUR NEXT WRONG LETTERS I DRAW LINES FOR YOUR TRUNK, BOTH ARMS
AND BOTH LEGS. IF YOU ARE A REALLY BAD GUESSER AND I WANT TO RUB IT
IN I MIGHT ADD EYES, FEET, ETC. UNTIL YOU GET THE WORD. ONE STRATEG
OF THE GUESSER IS TO GUESS VOWELS AND MOST COMMON LETTERS FIRST.

Submitter comment: EVERYBODY I KNOW HAS PLAYED HANGMAN. THIS IS A GOOD GAME TO PLAY IN
THE BACK OF A BORING CLASS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Knowledge
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Guessing
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 11-23-1979

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CANNY-CAN

A PYRAMID OF TIN CANS IS BUILT UP. ONE CAN IS LEFT DOWN. EVERYONE PLAYING HAS A CLUB, USUALLY MADE OUT OF A TREE ROOT. TWO MEN STAND IN THE MIDDLE. WHEN A SIGNAL IS GIVEN, THE CAN IS DROPPED AND EACH TEAM KNOCKS THE CAN AROUND WITH THE CLUB. THE WINNER IS THE ONE WHO KNOCKS OVER THE PYRAMID.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HAS PLAYED THIS GAME AS A YOUNGSTER IN ESCANABA, MICHIGAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; ESCANABA

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

Date learned: 03-24-1972

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MOTHER MAY I GO OUTSIDE? NO MY CHILD; I'M AFRAID YOU MIGHT STAY.
NO I WON'T, YES YOU WILL. LOOK UP IN THE SKY
AND TELL ME WHAT TIME IT IS.

Submitter comment: AFTER THE PLAYER TELLS THE LEADER WHAT TIME IT IS, THEN THE PLAYER
CAN GO OUTSIDE AND PLAY FOR A SHORT TIME. THEN THE MOTHER WILL CALL
OUT FOR THE PLAYERS (HER CHILDREN). ALMOST ALWAYS THEY WILL NOT
COME, BECAUSE THEY WANT MOTHER TO CHASE THEM, AND SHE DOES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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ROCK TEACHER: LEADER PUTS AN UNKNOWN NUMBER OF ROCKS IN THEIR HANDS,
HOLDS THEM BEHIND THEIR BACK, AND THE PLAYERS HAVE TO GUESS HOW MANY
ROCKS THEY HAVE IN THEIR HAND.

Submitter comment: THE PLAYERS START AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STEPS AND EACH TIME THEY
GUESS RIGHT THEY MOVE UP A STEP LIKE IN SCHOOL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

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

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WRITE A LETTER TO A DEAD PERSON AND PLACE IT ON TOP OF A GLASS OF
WATER. PLACE THE GLASS UNDER THE CENTER OF YOUR BED. THE DEAD
PERSON WILL COME AND TELL YOU WHICH NUMBER TO PLAY.

Submitter comment: THIS IS FOR PLAYING THE NUMBERS. THE INFORMANT NEVER TRIED IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Guessing
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 00001950S

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IF YOU FIND A COIN PLAY THE NUMBER ON IT.

Submitter comment: THIS IS ALSO FOR PLAYING THE NUMBERS.

Where learned: DETROIT

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

Date learned: 00001950S

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