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MARCO POLO

THIS GAME IS PLAYED IN A SWIMMING POOL. ONE PERSON
IS IT. HE CLOSES HIS EYES AND COUNTS TO TEN WHILE EVERYONE SCATTERS IN
THE POOL. HE THEN TURNS AROUND, WITH HIS EYES STILL CLOSED, AND YELLS
MARCO. EVERYONE ANSWERS BACK POLO. AND HE TRIES TO FIND A PERSON BY
LISTENING TO WHERE THE POLO COMES FROM. OR HE CAN LISTEN TO THE WATER
MOVING WHEN A PERSON SWIMS AWAY. HE CAN SAY MARCO AS MANY TIMES AS HE
WANTS AND EVERYONE MUST ANSWER. NO ONE CAN GET OUTSIDE OF THE POOL.
THE FIRST PERSON HE TOUCHES IS IT, AND THE GAME STARTS ALL OVER
AGAIN.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; PLACENTIA

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Hiding Searching
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Water Ice Snow

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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WATER GAME

A SMALL NUMBER OF PEOPLE, ANYWHERE FROM 3 TO 6, STAND IN LINE IN
ABOUT 3 FEET OF WATER. ONE PERSON FACES THEM, TAKES A BREATH AND
GOES UNDER WATER. THE PEOPLE IN LINE OPEN THEIR LEGS AND ALLOW THAT
PERSON UNDERWATER TO PASS THROUGH THEM. EVERYONE TAKES TURNS GOING
UNDERWATER AND THE PERSON WHO PASSES THROUGH THE MOST PAIRS OF LEGS
WITHOUT LOSING HIS BREATH WINS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Water Ice Snow

Date learned: 09-00-1972

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HOCKEY BELIEF

IF YOUR HOCKEY TEAM IS ON A WINNING STREAK, THEY DO NOT WASH THEIR
LONG UNDERWEAR.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Water Ice Snow
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 03-15-1968

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MARCO POLO-WATER GAME

ONE PERSON STANDS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WATER
WITH HIS EYES CLOSED. HE YELLS MARCO AND THE OTHER PLAYERS
YELL POLO. HE MUST THEN, BY THE SOUND OF THEIR
VOICES, TOUCH ONE OTHER PLAYER WHO THEN BECOMES IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LAKEPORT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Water Ice Snow

Date learned: CA05171973

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POM-POM.

PLAYED IN THE DEEP END OF THE POOL, WIDTH WISE. ONE PERSON IS IT. THE
OTHERS STAND ON THE OUTSIDE, OPPOSITE THE PERSON WHO IS IT.
PERSON WHO IS IT YELLS " POM-POM " AFTER WHICH EVERYONE ON THE
OTHER SIDE JUMP INTO THE POOL AND TRY TO GET TO THE OTHER SIDE
WITHOUT GETTING CAUGHT. THE GAME CONTINUES UNTIL EVERYONE IS CAUGHT.
ONE THING THAT IS IMPORTANT, IS THAT ALL THOSE WHO ARE CAUGHT MUST
REMAIN WITH THE PERSON WHO WAS IT, AND TRY TO CATCH THE OTHERS.

Submitter comment: I USED TO PLAY THIS GAME WHEN I WAS A MEMBER OF THE DETROIT
GOLF CLUB.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Water Ice Snow

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GAME: SHARKS AND MINNOWS.

ONE PERSON IS THE SHARK AND WAITS ON ONE SIDE OF THE DEEP END.
THE OTHER KIDS ARE THE MINNOWS AND THEIR TASK IS TO TRY TO GET
TO THE OTHER SIDE WITHOUT BEING CAUGHT. THEY TRY TO GET TO THE
OTHER SIDE BY SWIMMING UNDERWATER TO THE OTHER SIDE. THE SHARK THEN
TRIES TO BRING UP THE MINNOWS TO BREATHE. THE GAME CONTINUES
UNTIL EVERYONE IS CAUGHT.

Submitter comment: I USED TO PLAY THIS GAME WHEN I WAS A MEMBER OF THE DETROIT GOLF
CLUB.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Water Ice Snow

Date learned: 00001970'S

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TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR

TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, CLIMB THE STAIRS,
TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, SAY YOUR PRAYERS
TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, TURN AROUND
TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, TOUCH THE GROUND
TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, TURN OUT THE LIGHT
TEDDY BEAR, TEDDY BEAR, SAY GOODNIGHT

Submitter comment: THIS GAME IS PLAYED IN A SWIMMING POOL UNDER WATER
AFTER EACH LINE IS SAID, THE PLAYERS GO UNDER WATER AND
ACT OUT THE STATEMENT. I.E. TOUCHING THE GROUND

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; HUNTINGTON WOODS

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Water Ice Snow

Date learned: 00001960S

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SHARK AND MERMAID

THIS GAME IS PLAYED IN A POOL OR BODY OF WATER. ONE PERSON STANDS
IN THE MIDDLE BEING THE SHARK. THE REST OF THE PEOPLE CROSS TO
THE OTHER SIDE OF THE POOL TRYING NOT TO GET CAUGHT BY THE
BLINDFOLDED SHARK. THOSE WHO GET CAUGHT MUST HELP THE SHARK.
THE WINNER IS THE LAST TO BE CAUGHT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Water Ice Snow

Date learned: 04-11-1979

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FROZEN TAG IN THE WATER

THIS GAME IS PLAYED ON THE SAME GENERAL BASIS AS FROZEN TAG EXCEPT
THAT IT IS PLAYED IN A SWIMMING POOL. THE PLAYERS INCLUDE ONE PERSO
WHO IS "IT" AND THE REST TRY TO SWIM AWAY FROM "IT" WITHOUT BEING
TAGGED. IF SOMEONE IS TAGGED HE MUST STAND (OR IN DEEP WATER HE MUS
TREAD WATER) UNTIL ANOTHER PLAYER IS ABLE TO SWIM BETWEEN HIS LEGS
UNDER WATER. THAT TAGGED PLAYER IS THEN SET FREE UNTIL HE IS TAGGED
AGAIN. AFTER A PERSON HAS BEEN TAGGED THREE TIMES BY "IT", HE
BECOMES THE NEW "IT".

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT AND HER FRIENDS ORIGINALLY INVENTED AND PLAYED THIS
GAME AT PINEBROOK SWIM CLUB IN SOUTHFIELD, MICHIGAN. IT IS STILL A
POPULAR GAME AT THE SWIM CLUB.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Water Ice Snow

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TAG WITH BUCKETS OF WATER

THIS GAME IS PLAYED JUST LIKE TAG EXCEPT THE "IT" THROWS A BUCKET OF
WATER ON THE PLAYERS INSTEAD OF TAGGING THEM IN ORDER TO CATCH THEM.
ONCE A PLAYER IS SPLASHED WITH WATER, HE BECOMES "IT" AND IS GIVEN
THE BUCKET TO FILL WITH WATER SO THAT HE CAN THROW IT ON SOMEONE
ELSE.

Submitter comment: THIS GAME WAS INVENTED AND PLAYED BY THE INFORMANT AND HER FRIENDS O
HOT SUMMER DAYS. IT WAS MORE FUN TO PLAY WHILE WEARING CLOTHES, BUT
A BATHING SUIT WAS OFTEN WORN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Water Ice Snow

Date learned: CA00001969

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DORMITORY PRANK OR SPORT

ONE OF THE FAVORITE PASTIMES AT BURSLEY HALL OF THE UNIVERSITY OF
MICHIGAN WAS TO TRY TO FIGURE WAYS TO BORROW (STEAL) TRAYS FROM THE
CAFETERIA. YOU WERE NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE THINGS OUT OF THE CAFETERIA
PEOPLE SPENT MUCH TIME DEVISING MANY SNEAKY WAYS TO BORROW THE TRAYS
THE LEAST IMAGINATIVE AND MY FAVORITE WAS TO SIMPLY WALK OUT THE
EMERGENCY EXIT WITH A TRAY WHEN NOBODY WAS WATCHING. ONCE YOU HAD A
TRAY YOU USED IT TO SLED DOWN THE STEEP, SNOW-COVERED HILL BEHIND OU
DORMITORY.

Submitter comment: THIS IS FROM MY FRESHMAN YEAR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN IN ANN
ARBOR DURING THE 1976 SCHOOL YEAR WHEN I LIVED IN BURSLEY HALL.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Water Ice Snow
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: 00-00-1976 ; 11-23-1979

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WATER, ICE, SNOW

MOTOR BOAT, MOTOR BOAT, GO SO FAST
MOTOR BOAT, MOTOR BOAT, RUN OUT OF GAS.

Submitter comment: SAID WHILE RUNNING IN WATER IN A CIRCLE AND WHEN YOU GET TO THE
PART "RUN OUT OF GAS" EVERYONE FALLS DOWN

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Water Ice Snow
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse C750.580

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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CUT THE PIE

THIS GAME IS PLAYED IN THE SNOW. IN ORDER TO MAKE IT MORE FUN, A
LARGE NUMBER OF CHILDREN (ABOUT 25) IS RECOMMENDED.
BEFORE THE GAME IS BEGUN, A LARGE CIRCLE IS MADE IN THE SNOW AND
SECTIONED OFF TO RESEMBLE A WAGON WHEEL OR CUT PIE. THE CIRCLE
NUMBER OF PLAYERS.
SHOULD BE ABOUT 25 FEET IN DIAMETER OR MORE, DEPENDING UPON THE
A PERSON IS THEN CHOSEN TO BE THE FOX. THIS PERSON CAN ONLY WALK
OR RUN ON THE CROSSING LINES OF THE PIE.
THE REMAINING PLAYERS ARE GEESE AND MUST STAY ON THE OUTER PATH
OF THE CIRCLE. THEY MAY WALK OR RUN IN A CLOCKWISE DIRECTION AND
WHEN THE FOX APPROACHES THEM, CAN STOP IN THEIR TRACKS TO AVOID
BEING TAGGED.
WHEN THE FOX APPROACHES A GOOSE, THAT GOOSE CAN ALSO RUN UP THE
NEAREST CROSSING LINE TO THE CENTER WHERE THEY ARE SAFE IF NOT TAGGE
IN THE PROCESS OF GETTING THERE. WHEN THE FOX ATTEMPTS TO TAG
ANOTHER PLAYER, THE PERSON IN THE CENTER CAN JOIN THE OUTER CIRCLE A
LONG AS THEY ARE NOT TAGGED.
THE PURPOSE OF THE GAME IS FOR THE FOX TO TAG SOMEONE ELSE TO BE
THE FOX, SO THEY CAN BECOME A GOOSE AND THE GAME CAN CONTINUE. THER
IS CONSTANT MOTION.

Submitter comment: THIS GAME WAS LEARNED AT A GIRL SCOUT CAMP IN METAMORA MICHIGAN AT A
WINTER CARNIVAL FOR BROWNIE, JUNIOR, AND CADETTE GIRL SCOUTS.
I ENJOYED TEACHING IT TO THE GIRLS VERY MUCH AND FOUND THAT THE MORE
PLAYERS YOU HAD, THE MORE FUN IT WAS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; METAMORA

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Water Ice Snow

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MARCO POLO

PLAYED BY THREE OR MORE PEOPLE IN A POOL. WHOEVER IS IT MUST BLIND
THEIR EYES AND GO UNDER WATER FOR THE COUNT OF FIVE, UPON FIVE IT
COMES UP OUT OF THE WATER BUT HIS EYES REMAIN CLOSED WHILE HE IS IT.
IT THEN SAYS MARCO, THE OTHER PLAYERS MUST RESPOND WITH POLO. IT THEN
TRIES TO TAG ONE OF THE OTHER PLAYERS. EVERY TIME IT SAYS MARCO THE
OTHERS MUST ANSWER WITH POLO. THE FIRST PERSON TAGGED IS IT AND THE
GAME STARTS OVER.

Submitter comment: ALSO KNOWN AS POOL TAG OR WATER TAG.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): HANDICAP

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Racing Chasing Fighting
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Water Ice Snow

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THIS IS A GAME PLAYED MOSTLY ON ICE SKATES. A LONG LINE OF
PEOPLE ON SKATES SPEEDS AROUND AN ICE RINK OR LAKE. ONE END OF
THE LINE STOPS AND THE END OPPOSITE TO THIS STAYS IN MOTION. THE
PEOPLE ON THE END THAT IS MOVING SPEED UP AND THE PEOPLE AT THIS
END OF THE LINE GET A WHIP CRACKING MOTION WHICH IS A VERY FAST,
THRILLING, DANGEROUS FEELING.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Water Ice Snow

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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WATER GAME

PARTS: SEVERAL SPOONS, EGGS, PEANUTS OR CHESTNUTS, AND A WHISTLE.
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: SIX OR MORE, BUT NOT MORE THAN TWELVE.
OBJECT OF GAME: FOR ONE TEAM TO GET MORE POINTS THAN ITS OPPONENT
TEAM IN A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME.
RULES: THE PLAYERS ARE DIVIDED INTO TWO TEAMS.
ONE PLAYER BESIDES THE TEAM PLAYERS IS CHOSEN AS A REFEREE. A SWIM
COACH CAN ALSO BE THE REFEREE.
THE REFEREE REMAINS OUT OF THE WATER.
THE TWO TEAMS GATHER AT ONE END OF A SWIMMING POOL.
A SPOON IS GIVEN TO EACH PLAYER.
EACH PLAYER ALSO RECEIVES SOME OBJECT.
THIS OBJECT IS USUALLY AN EGG OR A CHESTNUT.
PEANUTS HAVE BEEN USED BEFORE ALSO.
THE REFEREE TELLS THE PLAYERS WHAT STYLE SWIMMING STROKE IS TO
BE USED.
ALL OF THE PLAYERS MUST ADHERE TO THIS STYLE STROKE
WHEN PLAYING THE GAME.
THE PLAYERS LINE UP IN A READY POSITION WITH THE SPOONS IN THEIR
MOUTHS. BALANCED ON EACH SPOON IS THE OBJECT.
THE PLAYERS MUST SWIM TO THE OTHER END OF THE POOL AND BACK WITHOUT
DROPPING THE OBJECT OFF THE SPOON.
THE SIGNAL FOR THEM TO GO IS GIVEN BY THE REFEREE.
HE BLOWS A WHISTLE.
WHEN THE PLAYERS GET BACK TO THE OTHER SIDE, POINTS ARE GIVEN
TO THE TEAMS ACCORDING TO THE NUMBER OF PLAYERS WHO SUCCESSFULLY SWAM
THE LENGTH WITH THE OBJECT BALANCED ON THE SPOON IN THEIR MOUTHS.
EACH DOUBLE LENGTH SWAM IS ONE MATCH.
BOTH TEAMS PLAY A CERTAIN NUMBER OF MATCHES, THEN THE GAME IS OVER.

Submitter comment: MRS. ST. AMOUR TOOK SWIMMING LESSONS AT THE DETROIT ATHLETIC CLUB
DURING HER 7, 8, AND 9 GRADE YEARS IN GRADE SCHOOL.
AT THAT TIME SPECIAL PERMISSION HAD TO BE OBTAINED FROM THE SCHOOL
PRINCIPLE.
HER SWIM COACH WAS THE, NOW NATIONALY KNOWN, MATT MANN.
BESIDES LESSONS AND SPORTS, THE STUDENTS HAD FREE TIME TO SWIM,
THIS WAS KNOWN AS OPEN SWIM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BLOOMFIELD HILLS

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Water Ice Snow

Date learned: 12-03-1982

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UNDERWATER TAG

THIS GAME IS PLAYED MUCH THE SAME AS ANY OTHER
TAG GAME. ONE PERSON IS IT. IT IS HIS JOB TO
CATCH THE OTHER PLAYERS. THIS GAME IS PLAYED
IN THE DEEP END OF A POOL. PLAYERS MUST SWIM
FROM ONE SIDE OF THE POOL TO THE OTHER, LENGTH-
WISE. THE PERSON WHO IS IT MUST CATCH THE
SWIMMERS AND DRAG THEM TO THE SURFACE. IF THE
SWIMMER ESCAPES ITS' GRASP BEFORE REACHING
THE SURFACE, AND TOUCHES THE OPPOSITE SIDE,
HE HAS NOT BEEN CAUGHT.
THIS GOES ON UNTIL EVERYONE IS CAUGHT.
WHEN A PERSON IS CAUGHT, HE THEN JOINS THE
PERSON WHO IS IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SOUTHFIELD

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Water Ice Snow

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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WHENEVER YOU BUILD A SNOWMAN YOU SHOULD BUILD IT SO IT FACES
THE ROAD TO PROTECT YOUR HOUSE FROM DANGER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Water Ice Snow
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

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Marco Polo

We used to play this game in my neighbor's pool. Whoever is
"it" yells Marco, and all others in the pool must say Polo.
The object is to stay away from the aggressor. The person
who is it has his eyes closed and must keep them that way
until he catches someone in the pool.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Water Ice Snow

Date learned: 01-00-1976

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Marco Polo

When I was little my cousins and I used to play a
swimming game, Marco Polo. The game is like hide and
seek in the water with a few variations. A person is
selected to search for the others. The "seeker" is
then blindfolded and spun around in the water. Then
all of the other players try to stay away from the
blindfolded person. However, as a clue the blindfolded
person yells out "Marco" and all of the other players
yell back "Polo". The players then try to stay away
from the blindfolded person. Whoever is caught first
is then the one who is blindfolded.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Water Ice Snow

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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