|I had heard of this song but never succeeded in collecting a version until it appeared in an early songster. I love the mention of the dog’s nose being used as a stopped ñ and that’s why their noses are always wet!
Children create and disseminate folklore at home and in the playground and school. It is vital to their learning and valuable to their rites of passage from childhood to adulthood.
Australian kids around the 1860s, 70s used to chew wattle gum when they had no lollies. An article in the Aust Journal asked whether this practice was dangerous to which the newspaper replied “not if chewed occasionally”
Riddles and printed jokes were extremely popular in yesterdays Australia. Most regional newspapers and periodicals carried pages of these items. It was also common for families to make up such riddles on a regional basis.
Children’s lore recorded from Natalie Zillmere
aged 8, Queensland
No more teachers, no more books.
No more teacher’s dirty looks.
Children’s lore recorded from BRIGID RODWAY FAMILY
Recorded Marrickville Hospital 1984
Some day I may return again to Ireland
Flying to L.A.
I like coffee, I like tea.
I hate Johnny to be in with me
Jelly on a plate, Jelly on a plate
Happy birthday to you
Children’s GAMES recorded from Caroline Bailey
born Musselbrook, NSW
Red Rover Cross Over
Split into two groups with one person in the middle.
What’s the Time, Mr Wolf?
One person stands with his back to the group who are about 10 yards away. They all call out “What’s the time Mr Wolf?”
Children’s Games recorded from Silvia and Lydia Vera
St Scholasticas College, Glebe, 1984
One person skips with a second person jumping in and the first person goes out. As the rhyme says ñ if one misses a loop they are out. The last one left wins.
Skip to My Lou
Skip, skip, skip to my Lou (four times)
Skip to my Lou, my darling.
Two people skipping together and if one steps on the rope they’re out.
Cinderella dressed in yeller
Each letter of the alphabet chalked and whatever letter the player stands on is the name of their lover.
My boyfriend gave me an apple
And then threw me down the stairs
From Mrs Betty Staader – Argenton NSW
Some go to church their sins to cover
Some go to be seen and some to say they have been