Traditions across Europe-an eTwinning project

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Grandparents’ games and toys in Chesterton June 12, 2009

Filed under: Old games and toys,Old traditions — philjohnson @ 5:32 pm
Children did a survey about old games an toys and we have some news about grandparents’ memories of childhood games. Personally, ones which I remember were Hide and Seek, (kids go off to hide in the park while the ‘catcher’ counts to 100, then he chases after them and tries to spot them) cowboys and indians (pretend shooting each other) and a favourite girls’ game was hopscotch. (sort of hopping onto paved stones on the pavement which had numbers written on them with chalk)
But here’s what the children have found out as a result of their interviews:
“We have been asking grandparents about old toys and games. Here is what I found out:
The Slinky can “walk” down stairs and stretch and reform as gravity moves them down each step. From COREY and WILLIAM
I found out that people used to play with pea-shooters and also with a whip and top. From COLE. Here is a peashooter :
“Dolly pegs”
I found out they used to play with dolly pegs. (What your Mum uses to hang the washing out). From JESSICA
Here are some :
dolly pegs
” Top and Whip”
Here is what I found out :I found that the top and whip was a toy, you used the whip to spin the top. From JOSHUA
I found out the spinning top was kept spinning by a whip.From James
I found out that a spinning top and whip looked like a U.F.O. (small spaceship) and you kept it spinning by using a whip. Bye from TILLY
The top and whip was popular in 1945. It cost 1 penny from the corner shop. This is what it looked like ……… from ADAM
spinning top
Here is what I found out: They used to play
· hopscotch.
· and hide and seek. From JOSIE
hopscotch“Hide and seek”
 In a game called hide and seek, you have to hide from people. They count to a number (50 or 100) and then they come to find you.
From Bethany

I found out that hide and seek is older then me. From Chantelle

The game hide and seek has been around for a lot of years. From Emma


“Man the ship”

I found out:
the game ‘Man the ship’ was most popular in 1960-1965.
The last girl or boy still in would be the winner. From Charlotte

“Cowboys and Indians”

I found out that playing cowboys and Indians was very popular in the 1960s. From Geri

“Bus conductor”

Here is what I found out:
They used to pretend they were bus conductors and use tickets to give to their customers. From Nikita

Phil and the class 4 – Churchfield Primary School – Chesterton, Newcastle-under-Lyme – UK


4 Responses to “Grandparents’ games and toys in Chesterton”

  1. Marie-France Says:

    Great post which brings back good memories to my mind. I remember playing hopscotch in the school yard at breaktime in France. We had a two-hour lunch break in the 1960’s in France and that game was for girls only! We went on playing for days ands days and when we got sick and tired we would play cowboys and Indians with boys but not in school because we had separated playing yards. We would play that game on thursdays, our free day out of school.
    Hide and seek was a popular game too but I don’t know the other games.
    My parents told me the ” Top and Whip” game was played in France too in the the 30’s but I wasn’t born then!
    Thanks kids. Great idea and job!

  2. philjohnson Says:

    Thanks for your kind words Marie, sorry I’m only replying now – we’ve had a busy period at school. (I suppose we’re all in the same position)
    Look forward to being able to contribute more to this blog now that our school’s parents have been asked to sign an agreement so that their childrens’ work can be presented over the Internet,

    • Marie-France Says:

      I can see we are all in the same boat! The end of the school year is always” kind of hectic”. You are forgiven! 🙂

  3. carter Says:

    nice post marie its seams you work make the guys intersing in you now but ok this is a nice blog great job

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