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HAVE YOU SEEN MY BIRD TODAY?

PLAYERS SIT IN EITHER A ROW OR A CIRCLE. AN "IT"
IS CHOSEN. "IT" MENTALLY CHOOSES A COLOR AND THEN
PROCEEDS TO ASK A PLAYER, "HAVE YOU SEEN MY BIRD
TODAY?" THE PLAYER SAYS YES AND "IT" ASKS, "WHAT
COLOR WAS IT?" IF THE PLAYER ANSWERS WITH THE SAME
THAT "IT" HAD MENTALLY CHOSEN, "IT" EITHER THROWS A
HANDFUL OF GRASS OR A SMALL CUP OF WATER INTO THEIR
FACE (WHAT YOU WILL USE IS DICTATED BY THE WEATHER
CONDITIONS). IF THE PLAYER DOES NOT SAY THE SAME
COLOR THAT "IT" HAS CHOSEN, "IT" MUST ASK EACH
PLAYER UNTIL SOMEONE SAYS THE RIGHT COLOR. THAT
PLAYER THEN BECOMES "IT".

Where learned: NORTH DAKOTA ; LISBON

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Guessing

Date learned: 00-00-1939

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LEMONADE

YOU START BY CHOOSING TWO TEAMS THAT HAVE
THREE OR MORE CHILDREN TO A TEAM. THEN YOU
CHOOSE AN AGREED-UPON MEDIUM THAT WILL SERVE
AS A DIVIDER BETWEEN THE TEAMS. ONE TEAM
IS CHOSEN TO BE "IT." THIS CAN BE DONE
BY FLIPPING A COIN OR GUESSING A COLOR.
THE "IT" TEAM THEN GATHERS TOGETHER AWAY FROM
THE OTHER TEAM AND DECIDES UPON A CHARADE THAT
THEY WILL PRESENT TO THE OTHER TEAM. THE CHARADE
MUST REPRESENT AN OCCUPATION OF SOME SORT. THEN
THE OTHER TEAM CHANTS, "LEMONADE, LEMONADE SHOW US
YOUR TRADE." THE "IT" TEAM ENACTS THEIR CHARADE.
IF SOMEONE ON THE OTHER TEAM GUESSES IT ALL OF THE
"IT" TEAM MEMBERS MUST TRY TO REACH A PRESET PLACE OF
SAFETY. IF THEY ARE CAUGHT THEY MUST JOIN THE OPPOSING
TEAM. THEN THE OPPOSITE TEAM ENACTS A CHARADE.
IF NO ONE GUESSES THE CHARADE THE CHARADERS DO
ANOTHER CHARADE.

Where learned: NORTH DAKOTA ; LISBON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dramatic

Date learned: 00-00-1940

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SPRING TONIC

EVERY SPRING ALL THE CHILDREN WERE GIVEN A
PASTE THAT CONSISTED OF EQUAL PARTS OF GROUND
PRUNES, RAISINS, FIGS, AND SENNA. THIS WAS
DONE TO CLEAN THE BODY OUT FOR THE YEAR.

Where learned: NORTH DAKOTA ; LISBON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 00-00-1940

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"TROT, TROT TO BOSTON TO GET A LOAF OF BREAD.
TROT, TROT HOME AGAIN THE OLD GRAY HORSE IS DEAD."
THIS WAS SUNG WITH A BABY ON YOUR KNEES. YOU LIFTED
YOUR KNEES UP IN RHYTHM WITH THE VERSE. AT THE END
OF THE VERSE YOU LET THE BABY FALL BACKWARDS AND CATCH
HIM.

Where learned: NORTH DAKOTA ; LISBON

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Game Verse Game Verse

Date learned: 00-00-1937

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FOR A COUGH OR COLD THE CHILD'S THROAT AND CHEST
WERE RUBBED WITH CAMPHORATED OIL. THEN THERE WAS
A DIRTY SOCK TIED AROUND THEIR NECK.

Where learned: NORTH DAKOTA ; LISBON

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Remedy

Date learned: 00-00-1940

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