This children's game is found in "A History of Nursery Rhymes" by Percy B. Green, published in 1899. Here's what Green had to say about it: "A boisterous game, played by girls, especially favoured in Paddington and Marylebone. (London)"…


Green explained the game further: "At the time of saying 'serve you right' all the children scamper away from the girl who acts the part of mother. It is little more than a mild reproof on the over-indulgent mother who would sell or give anything to satisfy the fancies of her children, and the 'serve you right' is a girl's idea of what a foolish mother deserves..."


We'd love to know if this game is still played in England. Please email me, if you know. -Mama Lisa