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p.o.l.o.
Polo is the name of a British sweet - originally mint flavoured, then multi-flavoured. Sold as 'The mint with the hole' - so for people in other countries, these may well be sold as More…
pat-ball
Squash for kids without rackets, squash balls or a squash court. Teams would take turns with 'lives' lost. =UK (NE)
pax, paxies
Used in playground games. Players cross fingers and yell pax to make them safe from being tagged. See also: faynights, fainites barley =UK (NE)
peanuts
Two people stand face on and interlock the fingers of each hand. They then try to bend or twist the opponents fingers till the pain is so much he/she has to shout peanuts. If they don't More…
peg leg
A forfeit in French Cricket if you happened to lose balance while batting, and therefore move your feet. For three deliveries you had to hold the bat / racquet upside down, so only the More…
piggy-back fight
Playground mayhem. Where two or more pairs of piggy-back kids would fight each other - the object being to pull the top kid off or the pair of them over. Cuts, bruises and the occasional More…
pile-on, piley-on
Always widely announced by shouting "Pile-On!" which brought everybody running to jump on the pile of legs and arms which would accrue after only seconds. A varient of this wonderful More…
pinch-punch
Game in which victim was pinched and punched anywhere within reach as: (1) a celebration of their birthday, in which case the torture was repeated once for each year of their age. (2) a More…
polo
A bit like the crap kids being able to take random turns in goal (see Goalie-when, Goalie-rush), this was an extension whereby more than one person could be goalie at any time. If you were More…
popmatic
A game so close to Ludo as to be indistinguishble except that the dice were enclosed in a clear plastic dome which was pushed down and then sprung back with a pop and threw the dice - More…
postmans knock
Simple little game involving both boys and girls (usually). The simplest version of all has a boy or girl leaving a room and then knocking on the door. One of the other children has to go More…
prisoner ball
A needlessly violent game much beloved by primary school children until it went the way of Bulldogs and was banned. Played on a netball court, 2 teams would face each other in the end More…
punch buggy
Punch Buggy is a game. It's played either watching cars go by from the playground, or more commonly, when sitting in the back seat of a car driving somewhere. Whenever a VW Beetle either More…
pussy-in-the-corner
Sadly not as sexy as it sounds. It as in fact a version of tag or "chase" played inside playground sheds ("shelter sheds") in Australia. The corners were safe spaces, and players who More…