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Children Think Hopscotch is a Drink

UK Telegraph
August 9, 2010

Young people no longer participate in time-honoured pastimes like conkers, hopscotch and marbles with over half of kids saying their favourite game is the Nintendo Wii.

Nearly three quarters of children aged four to 11 who took part in the study by Persil have never played the playground favourite hopscotch, with ten per cent of kids thinking it was a soft drink.

And 93 per cent of children surveyed said they would never play marbles and half had never even heard of the small glass balls.

In addition, three quarters of kids never play 'tag' and 87 per cent have never heard of or played ring-a-ring-a roses.

Even more surprisingly, a quarter of children also said they never make up their own games or invent characters.

An honest 38 per cent of kids said that playing conkers would simply not interest them – with one in ten preferring online games.

Kelly Scorah, a spokesperson for Persil who conducted the poll said: ''This poll has revealed that many outdoor games that we all loved so much as children are slowly dying off.

''There's no doubt that hi-tech gadgets are overtaking more traditional children's pastimes.

''But it's encouraging to see that games like hide and seek and football are still up there in the favourite games that kids play.

''With the particularly warm summer we have been having recently, it's the perfect opportunity for kids to get outside and try something new and exciting.''

The survey also revealed that the favourite game to play was a Nintendo Wii, followed by the Nintendo DS and football.

Other well known games kids are unaware of is Paper, Scissors, Stone which a whopping 80 per cent of kids have never played.

Half have never heard of Tiddlywinks or Leap Frog and only a third of today's youngsters know what Cats' Cradle is.

However, What's the Time Mr Wolf? Kiss Chase and doing handstands are still popular with 20 per cent of children.






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