Clapping Game Hand and Finger Games
- Clapping Game, Hand and Finger Play and Physical Play
A variety of complex hand/finger games are played by children at a variety of different schools.
At School 16
Games were: 21 is in, Fingers, Chopsticks, Saw Macadora (unsure of correct spelling)
The girls also gave their variation on 44 Home game and Fumbles (also known as Thumballs)
No text description. There is a video at Museum Victoria. All of these hand and finger games as well as the explanations of 44 Home and Fumbles are included.
At School 02
Girls standing in a small group facing each other. They place their hands on top of one another and then throw them upwards.
At School 08
Age: 9 and 10
Girls played ABC and Patacake. They also invented a funny handshake, which starts by holding onto each other's arm and sliding the hand down the arm onto the hand and ending with a couple of special grips and a wriggle of the fingers as they slide off the hand.
At School 05
- Hold up 1 finger = I'm not playing
- Tells the others that the player giving the signal is not in the game. This signal is not used when players want to 'pause', because 'that would be cheating'.
- Hold up 2 fingers = I'm not 'It'
- Tells the others that the player giving the signal is not 'It'.
- Hold up 3 fingers = I'm not sure
- Tells the others that the player giving the signal is not sure if she is 'It' or not, so approach carefully.
- Hold up 4 fingers = I'm 'It'
- Tells the others to avoid the player giving the signal, because she is 'It'.
- Hold up crossed fingers = I'm on pause
- Hold up crossed fingers and call out 'Pause!' - tells the others that the player giving the signal is having time out from the game.
At School 06
'Handshakes' - a type of clapping game.