Remember these playground games? Brits reveal their faves…


by Emma Dodds |
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Research has found the playground games that British adults remember most fondly from their childhoods

We really don't know how good we've got it when we're children, do we?

But as soon as we hit adulthood, there's nothing we want more than to go back to primary school and run around until we're tired out.

Thinking back to your childhood, which was your favourite game on the school playground?

Research commissioned by has asked the British public to reminisce over their formative years and pick out their favourite games - and this is what they found...

GALLERY: You've GOT to see what the S Club Juniors look like now...


S Club Juniors then and now - SLIDER with cover pic

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S Club Juniors

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Frankie Sandford then

Frankie was arguably the lead singer of the group before joining bandmate Calvin Goldspink to form their side project. The duo, going under the name Frankie & Calvin (inspired), released one single; Dreaming charted at number 19 in 2004.

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Frankie Bridge now

Well, hasn't Frankie done well? Alongside fellow Junior Rochelle, she joined The Saturdays and released a string of absolute bangers; hitting number 1 with Sean Paul collab What About Us in 2013.__ She also finished in second place on Strictly Come Dancing back in 2014. Frankie married footballer Wayne Bridge in 2014 and is mother to their two songs Parker and Carter.

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Rochelle Wiseman then

Not gonna lie, Rochelle gave us major hair envy back in the day.

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Rochelle Humes now

After trying her hand at presenting (CBBC's Smile, anyone?) Rochelle joined fellow S Club Junior Frankie in The Saturdays alongside Mollie King, Una Healy and Vanessa White. She married JLS star Marvin Humes in 2012 and is mother to their two daughters Alaia-Mai and Valentina Raine. She's still very much into her presenting, too.

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Aaron Renfree then

Aaron's vocals on the Don't Tell Me You're Sorry chorus, though. NEVER FORGET.

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Aaron Renfree now

Aaron's still BFFs with loads of the Juniors; particularly Frankie and Rochelle since he danced for The Saturdays on tour. He was also assistant choreographer and show director on The X Factor tours back in 2009 and 2010.

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Stacey McClean then

If you don't remember Automatic High - the S Club Juniors track Stacey sang lead on - you're not even worth knowing tbh. A classic.

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Stacey McClean now

You might remember Stacey from The X Factor 2009. She made it through to Dannii Minogue's judges' houses; but her rendition of Britney Spears' Sometimes didn't land her a place in the live shows. That hasn't deterred her, though; she's still gigging up and down the country. Oh, and she got married to her partner Fraser Franks in 2017.

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Calvin Goldspink then

In the early noughties, Calvin single-handedly kept hairspray manufacturers in business.

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Calvin Goldspink now

Calvin's since moved to Hollywood, is working on new music and has made quite the name for himself in the acting world. Not only did he make a cameo as Mollie King's date on The Saturdays' E! reality telly show Chasing The Saturdays (LOL), but he's also played James Middleton in Lifetime's film William and Kate: The Movie. Also, he's really fit.

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Daisy Evans then

Basically the reason we wanted to change our name to Daisy. We were impressionable, alright?

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Daisy Evans now

Daisy's since starred in MTV reality show Breaking From Above; which saw Beyoncé's dad Matthew Knowles form girl group From Above. They filmed a video for debut single Not the Same Girl, but it didn't exactly set the charts alight. Here she is pictured on her wedding day in 2015.

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Jay Asforis then

Remember baby-faced Jay Asforis...?

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Jay Perry now

Well he now goes by the name of Jay Perry, is absolutely ripped and works in the West End.

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Hannah Richings then

Fun fact: Hannah was the youngest of the group and wasn't actually originally chosen for S Club Juniors. She joined the band two days after the rest of 'em.

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Hannah Rawlings now

Hannah now works in Barclays Bank and, like Frankie and Rochelle, has two kids. Cute.

Four in five of respondents agreed that playing games in the playground with their peers helped teach them valuable life lessons, 57% think activities helped them to develop team-working skills and 44% swear it improved their hand-eye coordination.

Two in five admit that hard knocks on the playground taught them to be gracious in defeat, and 38% think that competing on the playground made them more determined and confident in later life.

And as for the actual games? Here are the top 30 that British adults say are their absolute favourites...


Top 30 favourite playground games stacked

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  1. Skipping2) Hide and Seek 3) Tag / It 4) Hopscotch 5) Marbles
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  1. Red Rover / British Bulldog 7) Conkers 8) What's the time Mr. Wolf? / Statues / Grandmother's footsteps 9) Rounders 10) Rock, paper, scissors
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  1. Cat's Cradle 12) Kiss chase 13) Catch 14) Stuck in the Mud 15) Piggy in the middle
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  1. Jacks 17) Leapfrog 18) Double Dutch 19) Simon Says 20) 40-40-In / Blocky 123 / 52 Bunker
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  1. Cops and Robbers 22) I spy 23) Ring a Ring o' Roses 24) Pogs 25) Duck, Duck, Goose
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  1. The floor is lava 27) Wrestling 28) Wink Murder 29) Thumb War 30) Beanbag toss

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