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Like life, my blog has changed. My blog has now transitioned into the day-to-day challenges including how to save money, adjusting to life as a new home owner, and just recently, how to adjust to life after re-quitting my corporate job.

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Now, I walk dogs, teach yoga, teach dance and rockout as a the wife of a rockstar.

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Child's Play: My top 5 active child games

Saturday, May 14, 2011

While at the dance studio the other week, I was talking to one of the moms about games we used to play as kids that I never see anymore. Here are my top 5:

5. Marbles

This is how we played it. 

Basically you create the play zone which is a dug out hole. Think golfing hole. Then you take turns flicking your marbles into the hole. Each person takes turns shooting their marbles into the hole until the last person knocks the last marble into the hole claiming all the marbles from that round. Winner at the end of the game is the person with the most marbles after all the rounds. Everyone keeps the marbles they won unless it was established at the beginning of the game otherwise.

4. Red Ass

This is how we played it. 

This is the game when you and your friends would throw a ball against a wall. If you fumble the ball when trying to catch it after one bounce or you catch it without the ball touching the ground first,  you must race to the wall and touch it before someone throws the ball. Each time you are slower than the ball being thrown, you get a letter and you stand up against the wall while each player has the chance to throw the ball at your ass.   Once you get hit, game on!

If you are the thrower, and you either miss the wall altogther or the ball hits the ground before the wall, you too better run fast too as you may risk getting a letter and a red ass.

Once your letters spell out R-E-D-A-S-S you are out. Winner is the last person standing.

Nice hey? I think this game is how I became so good at catching and throwing baseballs. 

3. Ball in Nylon

This is how we played

I cannot recall the name of this game. All I know is you put a tennis or rubber ball into a cut pair of nylons, and you tie the end of. You stand with you back against the ball and you swing the nylon-ball side to side, under your legs, and every-other which way. I know there were songs, but this is all I can remember about it. Any one able to help me remember more?

2. Jump Rope

This is how we played

Skipping was awesome! We would take turns turning rope, and play whatever jump games we wanted to. I can't remember the songs if my life depended on it. Also loved partaking in the jump rope for heart team in grade school. Skipping with my pogo ball was awesome. Who can remember jump rope songs and games?

1. Jumpsies

This is how we played

This game was THE game for me. I must have made a new jumpsie rope every other week. It would vary between super thick and super thin. It knotted like no ones business, which I think why I have so much patience when things get knotted.

You could play by yourself (I used chairs as props) but it was always better with other kids. It would involved an elastic rope (usually homemade) , songs, and jumping games. There was "1,2,3" and "in, out, side, side, on, in, out". Get it? Ya, I'm sure they have legit names but this is all I can remember. Sometimes you were not allowed to touch the rope (like in 1, 2, 3 on the ankle or knee level) and others you were required to.

This game  needs to come back so I can play it with the kids!

So there you have it, my favourite games as kids when there was no ipod, hand games or any other technical crap around.

What were you're favourite active games as kids?


Sarah S said...

Okay for the ball in a Nylon I think we use to say "I like coffee, I like Tea, I like "Alison" standing next to me" and you would have to try and get in beside me with our getting hit.

ashlie said...

I remember the one jump rope song we would sing was "Strawberry cake and huckleberry pie, the letter you land on is your lucky guy" and then you go through the alphabet, and whatever letter you miss the rope on, corresponds to a boy's name. I can't think of anymore though!

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