I cannot begin to tell you how much rain has fallen in the past 24-48 hours, and how much damage the wind has done to my garden. Pots blown over, plants horizontal. Oh well. It will revive itself. I can help.
So here is a question - I asked vaguely, I think, in a previous post. What games or toys did YOU play with as a child?
- Hopscotch (with a variation of 6 squares, and a caller who yelled out "boys names, Countries"etc, and you had to name 6 as you hopped. Matthew, Mark, Luke John, Peter, Paul.......)
- Paper dolls
- Colouring books
- Barbie and Skipper
- Floppy dolls
- Card games
- Drawing, stencils, crayons, etc
- Goomie (french skipping) - a card of elastic tied in a knot and looped around 2 people's legs while you leap in and out and twist about)
- I wrote a letter to my love
- Cat's cradle
- Diving for stones at the bottom of the pool
- Catch (or on-on)
- Hide and seek
- Collecting charms
- Books and more books
- The forerunner to pictionary - a couple of teams and someone with a list of movies or books, and having to draw them without speaking
- That paper game where you have the alphabet drawn in little circles on one page and then pages of columns where you list country, boys name, rivers, mountains, food, vegetables, fruit etc etc - choose the topic - and then take turns closing your eyes and stabbing the alphabet page with a pencil, and then the race is on to complete a line with original things starting with the letter chosen
- tin can telephones (+ a piece of string)
- "Clubs" - I had a club with my next door neighbour, and we used to meet in the little old wendy house in her garden, which contained cushions, and piles of annuals (Christmas editions of the comics we loved to read in book form) - Mandy, Bunty, June, Princess, Judy, Look and Learn.. We also had passwords, and no-one could crawl in without knowing the password.
There are more. You know, the one thing that struck me, and I want to go back to this point in the future, is that the toys / games we played with all required input from us. Lots of outdoor fun, and lots of imagination. They were tools. In themselves, apart for the books, they were not entertainment. And most of them did not cost much, if anything at all. In retrospect, who could have known that hopscotch could improve one's general knowledge? Rivers? Countries? Like that paper game.
And today, children are more sedentary, and so much of what they get to play with is entertainment rather than imaginative. TV inspired. Instant. It makes you think doesn't it??????