Explore a collection of film and audio recordings documenting 100 years of children’s songs, rhymes and games.

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Explore key Playtimes themes

Clapping games

Explore the history, variety and continued development of this important and popular genre of play.

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Skipping games

Once the most popular games in Britain, skipping games have seen a recent decline in playground popularity. Explore more about their history, development and benefits here.

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pretend play

Pretend play

Children can use pretend play to explore a myrid of situations from bereavement to cooking a meal, flying a spaceship to caring for a baby. Discover more about this important aspect of childhood.

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singing and dancing

Singing and dancing

Many of the singing and dancing games that children play today have long and convoluted histories, learn more about this genre of play here.

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Collection items

Explore over 100 film and audio recordings