Childhood games of the early 50′s. Outdoor and indoor games we played at home and at school and how they kept us fit.

We would also see who could skip the most skips with two feet together, or one foot after the other. ? (surname of next child to skip) comes in.’

Teddy bear, teddy bear, say your prayers,

January, February, March etc.

please run out.

Turn them over,

Sausages in a pan,

Sometimes we tied one end of a long rope to the railings so that only one girl was needed to turn the rope. Skipping backwards, skipping forwards, crossing arms – all these skipping activities kept us fit. The rhymes went something like this,

Jelly on a plate.’

‘House to let,

Wibble wobble,

Very fine weather girls

When I go out,

All in together girls,

Sausages in a pan’.

Teddy bear, teddy bear, go upstairs,

With our individual skipping ropes we would have races along the playground. There were very few children at my school who were overweight.

Sausages in a pan,

Mrs. If we were at home we would tie the rope round a lamppost.

‘Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around,

Apply within,

Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground,

Jelly on a plate,

Wibble wobble,

When I say your birthday

Skipping was very popular; we would skip alone, or in threes with two turning and one skipping, or in a large group chanting, ‘Salt, mustard, vinegar, pepper’, ‘Jelly on a plate’, ‘Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around’, ‘All in together girls’, ‘House to let,’ ‘Oranges and lemons’, and many more skipping rhymes. Children had much more freedom to play outside and also, if the weather was fine we weren’t allowed to play inside the house.

In came a bogeyman,

‘Polly in the kitchen,

Turn them over,

Goodnight, teddy bear, goodnight.’

Doing a bit of stitching,

Teddy bear, teddy bear, say goodnight,

Teddy bear, teddy bear, switch off the light,

‘Jelly on a plate,

And frightened her away!’

Amelia Woodward

Amelia Woodward

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