back to school – if the shoe fits

It’s January 1948, and mothers across Australia are preparing for the start of another school year.

Australian Women’s Weekly – 24 January 1948

Back to school means lots of skipping and hopscotch, leap frog and hoppo bumpo….

Presumably these parents knew of the wear and tear that countless games of Hoppo Bumpo would cause to their children’s shoes.  Wait… Hoppo Bumpo?

Australian Women’s Weekly – 24 Jan 1948

I can’t let this get by without some more sleuthing.  This National Library Magazine (December 2010) article by Gwenda Beed Davey mentions Hoppo Bumpo. There are more mentions of the game in various newspaper items eg reports on scout activities and other children’s gatherings.

But it’s thanks to Liesl at * that I found a description of how it is played. No doubt other variations exist.

Contact sport rules!

Hoppo Bumpo (n): A children’s game. Played by folding one’s arms and hopping on one leg. Aim is to bump opponents, so that they lose their balance. Last person standing wins.

* having temporary (I hope) problems with this link.  Will fix at earliest opportunity.