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- 16 December 2005
This story was submitted to the People's War Site by Andrew Pick from Hurlford Primary School and has been added with the permission of Miss Davidson, classroom visitor. The author fully understands the Site's terms and conditions.
WARTIME CHILDHOOD MEMORIES
As part of our studies into World War 2 we had a visit from Miss Dorothy Davidson. Miss Davidson was a toddler when World War 2 started in 1939, and came to teach us some games that she had played during the war years.
One of the first games we were taught was wounded tig. It is a game in which you hold onto the part of the body you have been tugged on. This game was probably made up when the children heard about soldiers being wounded when they were fighting.
Next we learned how to choose the leader of a game. One of the songs was 'one potato, two potato, three potato, four, six potato, seven potato, more.' There are hundreds of songs that can help choose the leader of a game, and Miss Davidson taught us a few of them.
Then we played some street games. In WWII it was safe for children to play out on the roads because there were hardly any traffic. One of the street games was called 'Red Rover', where one team linked their arms together to create a barrier and someone from the other team had to break through it.
My favourite street game was 'kick the can' in which a team of chasers has to catch the other players and put them in a circle around a tin can. If one of the team who are being chased can manage to sneak past the chasers and kick the can onto the ground, then all of their team is freed.
To finish off, we played a game in which you put a small ball in a stocking, stand next to a wall and swing the stocking from side to side, hitting it off the wall, whilst singing a rhyme. She taught us a rhyme about chewing gum to sing while playing this game.
Miss Davidson must have had a really enjoyable time playing these games, and so did we. Maybe if there wasn't so much traffic on the roads nowadays, we would still be enjoying playing these games today.
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