Behavior: Games Children Play

Take any number of children from six to twelve years old. Give them some idle time. Add some empty space—a city block, a vacant lot, a backyard or a corner of a park—as remote as possible from grownups. What will the children do? Play games, of course. Not the structured contests organized by adults, but games of their own choice and heritage. And if an unobtrusive observer from the adult world keeps a sympathetic ear and eye open, he may recapture some of the fleeting spirit that is the essence of childhood.

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