Primary One Croftfoot Primary School Glasgow.
The rain was awful and the floods were bad following a night of high winds and heavy rain. This did not stop children and teachers from battling their way to school. It didn’t stop us with our "have gird will travel" mind set.
We had come to give three primary one classes a games session which would include games they could play in the playground and also in the gym for good exercise. Following a small demonstration of a whip and peerie and a spin around the floor with a gird it was down to business.
The most popular game by far was Wizards and trees. This tig game appeals to children as they immediately associate it with Harry Potter. Pointy hats, trees and giant steps creates a lot of fun for the children.
Car wash can be played standing or kneeling. Don't try kneeling in the playground! Ouch. Skipping ropes snakes and waves is super for a bit of running and jumping. It takes discipline to stand in line and wait your turn.
The parachute or play canopy creates more excitement and fun. The games we played included Heather the Weather or should it be Sean the man now? Colours, what colour you wear and what you like. Pay attention. I hope that you are following all this.
We finished with the World Song visiting Africa, India, America, Australia and so on. All this energy just to see their grannies.
I learned later that some of the children were playing Wizards and trees on the way home in the afternoon. Good news.
Wizards and Trees. Car Wash. Skipping Ropes – snakes and waves. Choo choo.
Play canopy games - Waves and boats. Colours. The colour you wear. What you like. Rainbow.
The World Song - singing and actions. Pat and massage. Reserve game, not used, In and Out the Dusty Bluebells.
Annie. 19 November 2012.
The calm before the storm. We journeyed north to the village on a calm clear night in the knowledge that it would be a different story tomorrow with gales of 60 to 70 mph and heavy rain forecast. We were out to enjoy an evening of fun and games. Yes “have gird will travel” takes us out and about to enjoy the company of girls aged from thirty to ninety or there about. My girds must be the most travelled girds in the world?
Colouring peeries makes them unique to the people doing the "customising".
The Community Centre is a lovely cosy wee place with a cheery Caretaker who asked “Is it true that you are playing beds tonight?” When confirmed he said “They get up to some funny things in there” nodding towards the hall. This sounds interesting. Maybe Chic Murray or Ken Dodds been here!
Well I won't repeat the games we played as they are well document in “Have Gird Will Travel” We were blessed with two smashing and well remembered skipping songs from Margaret Campbell, originally from Govan Glasgow, which will be set out at the end of this piece.
The winners of whips and peeries were Kathleen Davison for spinning her peerie and also winning the gird and cleek race. Not many people win the two prizes on the night. Margaret Campbell was a very close second, spinning the peerie and Kathleen generously gave Margaret her prize which the audience appreciated very much.
Doris Lawton, President shows us her old game which she enjoyed as a girl.
The games remembered were – Hunch Cuddy Hunch, Double ropes or Dutch ropes for skipping, kick the can, tieing the skipping rope to a rone pipe to allow two to play with only one ca'ing, hula hoops and playing ball against the wall.
Doris and Kathleen gie it laldy wi their whips and peeries.
Two skipping songs or rhymes from Margaret Campbell who was brought up in Govan, Glasgow.
Ding, dong castle Bell
Farewell to my mother
Bury me in the old church yard
Beside my younger brother
My coffin shall be white
Six bright angels by my side
Two to watch and two to pray
and two to carry my soul away.
Second skipping rhyme.
Roon' aboot the hoose
To catch wee Mickey Moose
If you catch him by the tail
Hang him up on a rusty nail
Send for the cook
Tae mak a pat o' soup
Harrah boys, hurrah boys
How d'ye like ma soup
We like it very well
only fur the smell
Hurrah boys Hurrah boys
We dinna want yer soup.
Margaret Campbell receives her whip and peerie from Annie as double Champion Kathleen Davidson looks on.
Thank you to all the girls who made this evening such good fun!
Traditional and New Games for the 33rd Brownies East Kilbride.
We had a fun evening playing our games with the Brownies. It was non stop action from beginning to end and to quote the Brownies it was cool and Gillian said it was “fab”. We will let the pictures tell the story.
A super pack of smashing Brownies - work hard and play hard!
The night without is bright and starry …
However the stars are within running, jumping, hopping and spinning. Tonight Brownies this is your opportunity to play the games your papas, nanas, grans, grandpas played when they were wee.
The girls including the Guides who help the Brownies had a fun time. And to round the evening off some new games using the multicoloured parachute. I think it is fair to say a good night was enjoyed by all. I certainly slept well that night having burned off all the spare energy we might have had.
Thank you 134th Brownie Unit, Cathcart Old Parish Church, Glasgow! We had lots of fun showing you the games.
Right. Cool running.
For 2013 I give you this toast.
Lang may yer lums reek!