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10 playground chants every Irish kid had to know off by heart

You definitely still know them now, too.

1. One potato two potato three potato four

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…Five potato six potato seven potato more

Ah, if only all sticky situations could be resolved like this.

2. Ip dip dog sh*t, you are not it

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Another, more rebellious way to choose who was ‘on’.

3. Orange balls, orange balls, here we go again

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Players held hands and danced in a circle, until this key moment:

The last one down to touch the ground HAS A BOYFRIEND *everyone screams*

MORTIFIED for you if you were the last one down to touch the ground.

4. Red rover, red rover, we call over…

Cue mayhem and someone getting clotheslined.

5. England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales

…Inside, outside, scales/on the rails [delete as applicable]

This was the main rhyme for the game ‘Elastics’, which involved one player jumping onto an elastic thread. Any person who could actually do this was to be respected.

6. See, see my playmate

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I cannot play with you, my dolly has the flu

Sure she does. Lies and more lies.

7. Vote, vote, vote for de Valera

A weird little skipping game that we probably didn’t fully understand the meaning of until we were a bit older.

8. Queenie, Queenie, who has the ball?

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“Is she big or is she small?”

9. What time is it, Mr Wolf?

IT’S DINNER TIME.

10. Here I come, ready or not, keep your place or you’ll be caught

The very last thing you wanted to hear close by during a game of Hide and Seek.

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