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conkers
Basically a game where you take a ripe horse chestnut seed (known as a conker) and try to conk (smash) one held by another person. Usually the conkers dangle from a string, or shoelace or More…
constancy
Basically consists of chewing up paper into a gloppy mass and spitting it on to a wall so it sticks. Winner is whoever gets their lump to stay longest. See also: wasp shit =UK (SE)
crazy-daisy
Game banned in many schools. All participants link hands into a large chain, the leader starts running around in circles and in a matter of seconds everyone is on the floor bleeding. More…
crease, crease leave
Cricket term used when running over the line in cricket to signify the successfully made run, and "crease leave" to signify leave one's ground and not making a run, usually for a rest, More…
creemies, creamies
Used in playground games - like the 'cree' word - as a shout of 'leave me out for a moment - I gotta do up a shoelace' type of thing. Or as an 'I give in - leave me alone' in those silly More…
crocodile, crocodile
Person who is on stands in middle of field, all other players at one end. They say: Crocodile, crocodile, may we cross the water To see the farmer's daughter without getting wet? Person More…
cuppies
Football game, played around 1 goal. Goal scorers leave the field and go thru to the next round, until 2 or 3 (number varies) are left. They are knocked out and derided. The qualifiers then More…
curbs
Ball game where two people stand on either side of a road, and throw a football across in turn, trying to get the ball to "bounce" into the opposing curb and therefore ricochet up in More…
death square
Entered verbatim - I couldn't improve on this: A complex, subtle and violent game which emerged in Ysgol Morgan Llwyd school in Wrexham, Wales in the late eighties. It evolved from a More…
decker
Much like British Bulldog but much more violent. preferably played past a tree with extensive roots. See also: british bulldog. =circa 2000, UK (NI)
dobby
(1) variation of tag/tig etc complete with "dobby-off-ground" (safe on a wall) and "dobby scarecrow" (anyone captured had to stand arms out - legs apart) (2) The house-elf that More…
dodgeball
Very much like Maimball. Another version was called Dutch Cricket which was much the same, played indoors & using a tennis ball & rounders bats. =circa 1980's, UK (SW)
doors
Doors was basically a football game played with a tennis ball between two players. The goals were two doors in the playground conveniently located opposite each other and the right More…
double dutch
(1) variation on skipping rope in which two turners held two ropes flying in opposite directions for one or more jumpers. Rhymes were generally sung and occasionally required the jumpers More…
down by the river
This hand game has been popular in the U.S. for at least a couple of generations. These versions of it were found in Tennessee. It was played in a circle. Everyone would stand so that More…
duck-duck-goose game
All children (or whoever) sit in a circle. One person walks around the circle, tapping each individual on the head and saying "duck.". Suddenly, the person taps one person and says More…
dungeons
Game played at certain north western schools in Melbourne, Australia where there would be two teams, a boy's team and a girl's team. What would happen was one team would run away, and the More…
dustmans knock
A more 'advanced' form of postmans knock in which more physical contant is the norm. In this version a girl or boy is chosen to go hide in a cupboard (or bedroom). Another boy or girl is More…
emperor
Marble: sized around 3 cm in diameter. See also: alley, tenner, bosher, king =UK
engine engine number nine
Selection rhyme: Engine Engine Number Nine, Going down the Chicago Line. If the train goes off the track, Do you want your money back? Answer is spelled out by counting individuals or More…