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'lastics
A girl's game involving two people standing opposite one another with a long loop of dressmaker's elastic around their ankles, while a third person performs a complicated series of More…
52 card pickup
Trick usually played by an older child on a younger where, after asking if they want to play, a deck of cards is thrown in the air for the younger child to pick up - while the older runs More…
A sailor went to sea, sea, sea
(ed: a handclapping game - but we need to know the sequence of hand claps as well if anyone remembers them please?) A sailor went to sea, sea, sea. To see what he could see, see, More…
a-frame
Game involving anything over 4 people and a tennis ball. It was vital that a corner of the playground tarmac with high fencing was used. Very popular alternative to football: The rules More…
a-rat-tat-beadle
Game (ed: Contributor says 'see chin-chin-chin etc. But chin-chin chin is about people exaggerating things or lying! Anyone have information about the game please??)
aggie
A type of high quality marble - derived from 'agate. (ed: original contribution claimed usage in 1950's but Bill says his father was using it from *his* childhood in 1904!) More…
AIDS ball
Frighteningly insensitive version of tag. Whoever had the ball had AIDS and to hit another person to shift the "virus" away from themselves. =circa. 1980's UK
All in together girls
(ed: a group skipping game.. loads of fun! Shout the words 'bolded') All in together girls, It's fine weather girls, When it's your birthday, please jump in! (then... really fast and More…
all-ee, all-ee, all in free
In tag or hide and seek, the phrase "all-ee, all-ee, all in free" calls all the players back to base/home for another round of the game. Perhaps "all-ee" is a corruption of More…
alley
Normal sized marble. See also: marbles =circa pre-1940's, UK (Wal.)
alley bomper
Large marble. See also: marbles, alley =circa 1950's, UK (Wal.)
alley hockey
Budget street hockey, played with suitable bent stick and a squashed Coke can for a puck =circa 1980's, CAN
alley-Over
Played by children where two teams stand on opposite sides of a house. One team pitches the ball over the roof to the other side of the house shouting "alley over"; The other team More…
already
Answer or comment on a question, e.g. in answer to the question "Would you like to go out with me?" the answer would be "Already!" =circa 1990's, USA
angel raper
Indicates you hit the ball *way* too high in the air. (i.e. high enough to rape an angel). =circa current, AUS
arrived
Used in soccer when the player is in the box and calling for the ball, e.g. "I've arrived!" or just plain "Arrived!". =circa 1990's, AUS
Atchi Katchi
(ed: Yet another handclapping game - but we need to know the sequence of hand claps as well if anyone remembers them please??) Atchi Katchi Liberatchi I love You Take a peach, Take a More…
baggin
Used in playing cards (can be generalized) for holding back, not putting things on the table as soon as you're able. =UK
ball-bag, bollock-bag
Ball-bag (or bollock-bag as it was also affectionately called ) was played as follows. School bags were put on the ground, and players had to defend them. The other essential item needed More…
bargies
Gave "immunity" in some games. e.g. crossing the fingers when playing tag and shouting "can't get me I've got bargies". See also: barley's =circa 1970.s, UK (SW)