Children's Games in Street and Playground

By Iona Opie, Peter Opie

Format: Paperback

A magnificent survey of over 40 games played by children, largely out of sight of adults, in the 1960s, in the street, playground and wasteland.

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Floris Books

Floris Books is an independent publishing company based in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 2016 Floris won the Saltire Society Scottish Publisher of the Year. Floris Books is the largest children's book publisher in Scotland and are well known for the Kelpies range of Scottish children's books. They also publish international children’s books and an extensive list of non-fiction books, including alternative education, agriculture, health, parenting and religion.

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In the 1960s, Iona and Peter Opie observed that although many books had been written about how children should play, none had been written about how they actually played. To fill the gap they carried out an exhaustive survey, through the decade, of the games that children 'in fact play' when aged roughly between six and twelve years of age, and when outdoors -- and usually when out of sight.


The result was their classic work 'Children's Games in Street and Playground'. It records games played in streets, parks, playgrounds and


wastelands by more than 10,000 children from the Shetland Isles to the Channel Islands, although the majority of the information comes from children living in big cities such as London, Liverpool, Bristol and Glasgow.


In all, around 125 games are described in detail, including the rhymes and sayings children repeat while playing them, together with the different names they are called. Brief historical notes are also included where relevant.


There are important lessons to be learned from this book about giving children the time and physical space to be themselves with other children.


Previously published as 'Children's Games in Street and Playground, Volume 1' and 'Volume 2'.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Floris Books
Publication Date 19 Sep 2013
ISBN 9781782500322
Number of Pages 448

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