Games Children Play (Jamaica)

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Kids' Guide to Jamaica

Games Children Play

Published May 27, 2002

The games played by children in Jamaica is a mix of some old-fashioned games with some unique innovations that make them Jamaican. The names of some may be different but they are similar to games played around the world. Some of the most popular games played by children in Jamaica are: "Brown girl in the ring", "Dandy Shandy", "What can you do, Puncienella likkle fella?", "Simon says", "stucky freezy, "stucky ketchy", "mother may I", "1 and 20", "sitings", and "Capture de base". Below is a description of some of these games.

Dandy Shandy
This is a ball game consisting of 3 players (and maybe 4 if possible to be more exciting). This game must be played outdoors in a big/wide open area, preferably on a grass field. For the experts, a bare ground will do.

There are 2 pitchers, each standing on either end and the 3rd player is standing in the middle.

A ball is used for pitching/throwing at speeds up to 120 miles per hour at the player standing in the middle. The "ball" is usually a stuffed 1-pint juice box, stuffed fully with newspaper and the four corners are rounded off.

Dandy Shandy is a very exciting game as the ball is thrown at speeds up to 90 miles per hour by the pitchers towards the 3rd player standing in the middle. This player must do all kinds of gymnastic style airborn jumps and leaps to prevent the ball from hitting her. Also, ducking and side jumping the missile. The game gets extremely exciting as the player in the middle does these acrobatic jumps! You'll usually hear the onlookers shouting out SALAD! as the player in the middle leaps off her feet, legs splayed and skirt flowering up over her waist.

Dandy Shandy is considered a girls game but boys will often play ~ which makes the game a must see.

(Dandy Shandy is the same as dodge ball only difference is we made our ball out of a oj or milk box stuffed with paper(some of the paper you had to wet it so it would stuff properly)real good for flinging, can you tell I was responsible fi meking de ball.)

Brown Girl in the Ring
This is a Ring game (no doubt adapted from England).

Players form a ring holding hand, one girl goes into the middle of the ring and starts skipping around to the beat of this little tune -


There's a brown girl in the ring
cha la la la lah
There's a brown girl in the ring
cha la la la lah
There's a brown girl in the ring
cha la la la lah
She looks like a sugar in a plum -- PLUM PLUM

the girl will start doing her favourite bump adn grind dance during this song segment
Show me your motion
cha la la la lah
show me your motion
cha la la lah
show me your motion
cha la la la lah
She looks like a sugar in a plum -- PLUM PLUM

during this segment the girl will pick her partner/friend to join her in the ring

Show me your partner(?)
cha la la la lah
show me your motion
cha la la lah
show me your motion
cha la la la lah
She looks like a sugar in a plum -- PLUM PLUM

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Carla Samuels
Sep 8, 2010 7:20pm [ 1 ]

Wat happen to di res a song dem?

Sara
Sep 18, 2010 10:30pm [ 2 ]

I used to love playing Dog & Bone and Yes Mama - you remember those? Children children? Yes, Mama - where have you been to? Granpapa. What did he feed you? Bun & Cheese, Where is my chair? Up in the air, How can I reach it? Climb on a broken chari. Suppose I fall? We do not care - then you run cause the licks were coming!!!

Egyptt Barbie
Oct 17, 2010 10:24pm [ 3 ]
  1. mi use to play. "hankie pankie say bull dog". 2 also "mama mi want man. mi ah twenty one". 3 also "kisco kisco kisco. di boy dem ova deh so. dem want fi cum buy mi kisco mi kisco mi kisco. dem carry mi innah ah dark hole and stuff up mi batty wid charcoal and fire cum outta mi ras hole"..lol
roneika
Dec 11, 2010 1:21pm [ 4 ]

this is a fun game to me because i come from jamaica.

schammy
Mar 21, 2011 7:48pm [ 5 ]

Dandy Shandy is the best.Like it.

Elaine
Nov 25, 2011 10:09am [ 6 ]

well as a child we did enjoy ourself playing these game i dont think these now a days children enjoy themself like us

fire
Dec 3, 2011 6:40pm [ 7 ]

i like those games

jay-eilhotts
Feb 17, 2012 7:51am [ 8 ]

i love those games i am a now a days child and i play those games wit my cousins theyre fun

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