Collection items

Explore a selection of collection items that relate to children's play

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  • A Sailor went to Sea (2010)

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    The two girls, from Year 1 and Year 2, learnt the song ‘a sailor went to sea, sea, sea’ at nursery and through their par...

  • A sailor went to sea, sea, sea (1972)

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    This recording was made by Iona Opie in Birmingham in 1972. ‘A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea’ is a clapping game found on...

  • Akkar Bakkar

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    This film was taken in Keighley, Yorkshire in 2002. This is a Punjabi version of the counting out game ‘Eeny Meeny Miny ...

  • Baker shop

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    This footage was recorded in Edinburgh in 1951 and shows girls performing the skipping rhyme 'Down to the Baker Shop'.

  • Bandy legs

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    This footage was filmed in London in 1957 and features a boy rollerskating and the traditional children’s nursery rhyme ...

  • Battle Scenes

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    This footage, from 1947, is an example of the way in which children refer to and draw upon contemporary events to inspir...

  • Bicycle ramps

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    Boys, in 1989, are playing on the street with their BMX bikes

  • Black shoe

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    An example of a popular counting out game

  • Bluebells, cockle shells

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    This footage was captured in Edinburgh in 1957.

  • Bluebird

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    The children in this footage, recorded in Edinburgh, are singing ‘Here Comes a Bluebird’

  • Body popping

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    A Year 2 boy performs break dancing moves

  • Bonny Bunch of Roses

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    This song, recorded in the streets of Edinburgh in 1950, is called ‘The London Ball’.

  • Bow and Arrow

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    This footage was captured in London in 1957 and shows a boy playing on the streets with his bow and arrow.

  • Boy skipping very fast

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    Footage of a boy playing with a skipping rope

  • Boys' Jokes

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    A group of boys, filmed in 2010 discuss their favourite jokes and where they learnt them