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Children's Playground Games and Songs in the New Media Age

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Snapshot of children playing a clapping game.
Snapshot of children playing a clapping game.
Photographs may not be used without explicit permission of the Playground Games in the New Media Age project. Please contact Andrew Burn for more information.
Image of Children Playing 'Black Shoe'
Image of Children Playing 'Black Shoe'
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Tags: Black Shoe, Playground, Game, Counting, Children

 

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Children's Playground Games
Jonnie Robinson of the British Library and Dr. Rebekah Willett of the Institute of Education explain their parts in this exciting research project into Children's Playground games. Building on the famous study of children's folklore collected by Peter & Iona Opie dating from 60 years ago, this new British Library website hosts material from two very different primary schools in Britain in the 21st century. It demonstrates how today's youngsters, far from being locked up at home playing computer games, are adapting the old and bringing some new songs and games onto the playground.

 

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Under the Bram Bush clapping song, recorded by Iona Opie, 1977 (Children in Chelsea)

Audio is copyright 2009 British Library and may not be used or downloaded without explicit permission from the British Library. Please contact Andrew Burn for more information.
Tags: Bram Bush, Opie, playground, clapping, songs
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Diana Dors Singing Game, recorded by Iona Opie, 1974 (Children in Liss)

Audio is copyright 2009 British Library and may not be used or downloaded without explicit permission from the British Library. Please contact Andrew Burn for more information.
Tags: Singing, Playground, Game, Diana Dors, Opie

 

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Detailed recording notes, from Liss, 1976
Tags: playground, games, skipping, clapping, marbles, jacks, physical, musical, language, music, movement, playthings
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Detailed recording notes, from Chelsea, 1974
Tags: Playground, games, clapping, ball, marbles, girlfriends, Brownies, interaction, strategies, play, physical, playthings
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Description of the audio content in Under the Bram Bush and Diana Dors
Tags: Summary, audio, Bram Bush, Diana Dors
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QuickTime video of the playground game 'Black Shoe'
Copyright Playground Games in the New Media Age project
Tags: Video, Black Shoe, Playground, Game, Counting
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QuickTime video of Children playing the game Coca-Cola
Copyright Playground Games in the New Media Age project
Tags: Playground, game, children, coca-cola, counting
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