hailed as the Greatest Playground Game of all Time. The simple
game, which involves hopping between designated squares on a chalk
grid, dates back to Roman times. The game was used for
military training exercises; Roman foot soldiers ran in full armour
and field packs along hopscotch courts which were over 100 feet long,
to improve their foot work. Roman children then imitated the
soldiers, drawing their own smaller grids on the ground. The game is
still popular in playgrounds today.
The poll of 3,000 adults, conducted by
revealed Hide and Seek in 2nd place.
The timeless childhood game – also known as ‘Tag’ - can take place
anywhere, but was always most popular in the playground.
Involving 2 or more players, the object of the game is for 1 person
to hide whilst the other counts and then seeks.
3rd place goes to skipping. The game of jumping over a rope has been
practiced by children across the world for centuries – in ancient
China a game called ‘Ancient Rope Jumping’ was one of the favourite
sports during the New Year festival. And there are several
techniques used in the game, including double dutch, criss cross and
What’s the Time Mr Wolf takes 4th place in the poll. The chasing
game involves all the players calling out “what’s the time Mr
Wolf?”; he then replies “4 o’clock” and the players move forward
said number of places. When Mr Wolf shouts out “dinner time”
he chases the players behind him and the 1st he catches takes up the
position of Mr Wolf.
5th place in the poll goes to another tag-based game British Bulldog
– the traditional rough and tumble game which was banned by many
schools for being too violent. But for many nostalgic
respondents this game brings back fond memories of the scabby knees
they endured after charging into their mates as ‘bulldogs’
attempt to reach the other side of the playground.
Nigel Crawford, spokesman for the
website said:- “Playground Games evoke strong
memories for many adults, and we can all remember chasing our
friends round the playground at break time. We have a genuine
fondness for games such as Hopscotch and British Bulldog, as they
sealed friendships and defined who we hung out with when not in
In 6th place is Conkers – another playground classic which has been
banned due to ridiculous health and safety regulations.
Kiss Chase – the game which involves chasing friends around to catch
and kiss them – came 7th.
Chinese Whispers, Cats Cradle and Oranges and Lemons complete the
10 PLAYGROUND GAMES:-
What’s the Time Mr Wolf?
Football came in at 11th and Cops and Robbers made it in at
Hug Is the Key to a Happy Heart
about getting between the sheets with your partner, a simple hug
and kiss are what will set Brits’ pulses racing this Valentine’s
Day, according to new research by The Co-operative. And, while
a great body unsurprisingly sets blokes heart rates soaring (38%),
girls get goose bumps over a sexy smile and gazing into their
partner’s eyes (61%).
The romantic survey of more than 500 UK adults was commissioned by
The Co-operative to support its charity initiative with Hallmark
Cards and the British Heart Foundation. This will see five pence
from every Hallmark card sold at Co-operative stores nationwide
donated to the charity’s Red for Heart campaign, as part of National
Heart Month this February. In 2008 The Co-operative raised £60,000
for the charity.
According to the research, it seems the economic doom and gloom
can’t put a dampener on our romantic spirit. A staggering 65% of us
are planning to spend up to £100 this year to set our partner’s
heart a flutter, with 62% saying their ideal day would include an
intimate dinner à deux. Despite this, rather than some
expensive bling, a thoughtful card from our loved one tops the
league of most sought after Valentine’s gifts, with 43% claiming
they would be heartbroken if they didn’t get a special delivery from
the postman. Nearly a quarter of romantics are even pining for a
card from a secret admirer.
Calum Kirk, Category Trading Manager at The Co-operative said:-
“It appears that receiving a card really sets people’s hearts a
flutter and it’s such an easy, thoughtful way to express your true
feelings. Through this charity initiative, not only will people
prevent their loved one being heartbroken this Valentine’s Day but
they will also be helping in the fight against heart disease by
raising much needed funds for the British Heart Foundation.”
Douglas Campbell Rouse, Head of Corporate Partnerships at the
British Heart Foundation added:- “We’re very excited about our
new Red for Heart fundraising campaign as part of National Heart
Month this February and would like to encourage all romantics out
there to buy a Hallmark card from The Co-operative and help us raise
vital funds in the fight against heart disease. As well as making
your loved one’s day, you could be making a real difference to the
lives of many patients and their families.”
When it comes to those celebrities who get our pulse rates racing,
Brad Pitt is the number 1 choice for the girls (65%) with Simon
Cowell topping the league of British blokes (15%). The nation’s
current sweetheart, Cheryl Cole, proves she has the X Factor for 43%
And a final word of warning if you are planning a surprise this
Valentine’s Day. The biggest turn off for over a quarter of Brits is
a really soppy gift, followed by silly, childish humour (19%).
For more ways to go Red for Heart at work, home or school, get your
free Fundraising Kit from:-
Arts in Prescot
THE Arts in Prescot are holding a charity concert with
Prescot School Choir and the Musicians, as well as the Liverpool
Barbershop Singers on Saturday, 28 February 2008 from 7.30pm at
Prescot Parish Church. For more information please visit:-