The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
& Ireland In Dictionary Form - Volume 2

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Cream the milk, cream the milk,
Quick, quick, quick,
Spread a piece and butter on it thick, thick, thick.
—Perth (Rev. Dr. Gregor).
Churn the butter-milk, quick, quick, quick,
I owe my mother a pint of milk. This game used to be played on the shore, just as the tide went out, when the feet sank easily into the sand. The chil­dren turned half-way round as they repeated the words.—Isle of Man (A. W. Moore).
Codham, or Cobhams. ["Tip it," vol. ii. p. 292.]
A game resembling " Tip it," and a better form of the game. The parties are decided by a toss up. The object is passed from hand to hand under the table, until the leader of the opposite side calls out " up " or " rise." When all the closed hands are on the table, the leader orders any hands off which he thinks do not contain the object. If the last hand left on the table contains the object the sides change places, if not the same sides repeat, twelve successful guesses making u game," each failure counting one to the opposite side. The game is called " Up Jenkins" in the North of Scotland. The words have to be called out when the hands are called to show. Another name is " Cudlums; " this word was called out when the leader pointed to the hand which he believed held the object.—Bedford (Mrs. A. C. Haddon).
Colley Ball. [" Monday," vol. i. p. 389.]
The same game as " Monday," with this difference. The player who first throws the ball against the wall calls out
the name of the child he wishes to catch it, saying "A------
B------, no rakes, no better ball." If the ball goes on the
ground the one called has to snatch the ball up and throw it at one of the retreating children. — Hemsby, Norfolk (Mrs. A. C. Haddon).
Also sent me from Isle of Man (A. W. Moore), where it is called "Hommer-the-let."

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