Tuesday, February 11, 2014

52 Weeks of Sharing Memories - Games I Played

Lorine McGinnis Schulze at Olive Tree Genealogy has challenged us to keep a weekly journal of our own memories in 52 Weeks of Writing our Memories for our future generations. This will be a good way for me to record what little I still remember!

There were so many games and activities that I loved as a kid, especially the ones that were played outside. Here's a list of many of them with some links to help explain what some of them are and how they're played.

Hopscotch (http://www.wikihow.com/Play-Hopscotch) I loved, loved hopscotch!

Hide-and-seek (We'd play this in the house sometimes, too. Lots of closets to hide in.)

Chinese jump rope (http://www.wikihow.com/Chinese-Jump-Rope) Loved this, too!

Jumping rope (No fancy footwork. Just jumping until I wore myself out.)

Pick-up-sticks (http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/6424/pick-up-sticks)

All sorts of board games and card games, especially Monopoly (see photo below)

Tether ball (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tetherball)

Yo-Yo. (I couldn't do any tricks with mine. Could hardly make it go up and down the string.)

Hoola hoops (http://inventors.about.com/od/hstartinventions/a/Hula_Hoop.htm)

Roller skating (Not so great on asphalt, so I didn't skate much)

Riding my bike all over the neighborhood (I taught myself how to ride on a small bike without training wheels and with no help from anyone, because I'm stubborn like that.)

Running through the sprinkler on hot summer days or sitting in a washtub filled with water.

Playing "chase" (Whoever was tagged was "it" and had to chase everyone until someone else was tagged.)

Playing on the swing set and monkey bars.

Climbed a couple of trees and then hollered for my dad to get me down (I'm afraid of heights).

Playing with dolls, especially Barbie (I think I "played Barbies" as we called it until I was 12 and reluctantly gave her up. I decided I couldn't still play with dolls if I was about to enter junior high!)

That's me on the left with a childhood friend at my family's lake house on Long Pond, Lake Park, Georgia, in the early to mid-1960s. We played Monopoly by the hour when we were tired of swimming. We must have just come in since our hair is wrapped up in towels!

Here I am in 1959 grooming one of my many dolls. I loved playing with dolls.

This post sure brought back memories of all the fun I had as a kid!


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