Thursday, August 2, 2012

Kid Games ~ Remember When

Last week I wrote about playing Jacks as a kid, and that led me to thinking about other kid games I played, and wondering if y'all would remember them too. (You can read about Jacks here)



How about Pick-Up Sticks? This is one that I played with my father -- the floor was carpeted in the living room but it was a very short, dense pile so it was great for playing Pick-Up Sticks. He wouldn't let me get by with anything though -- if a stick moved, that was it! We stuck by the rules!



Noli, however, is a different situation entirely. She plays by her own set of rules which, by the way, changes from moment to moment depending on how the sticks fell, or what color they are .... you just never know!
I found these in a garage sale -- I like them because they are made of wood, and they are a bit oversized for little hands. But she still cheats!



Marbles was another game we played -- well, my older brother played it and I watched ...  But, (probably after much begging on my part), he let me play with his marbles!  I for sure remember his admonition not to lose any -- it wouldn't have been a pretty day if I had!! I was never any good at it though, just barely could shoot, much less knock them out of the ring!



I eventually got my own marbles -- cat's eyes. And I've kept them all these years (and my brother's marbles too, he he). I remember my mother and I cooking those cat's eyes to see them crackle!
These are some of them, his and mine. I think the variations of color and the swirls are so pretty. 



I ended up with a nice collection of shooters too -- the green one in the front was actually my mother's when she was a kid! That makes it about 90 years old!


Hopscotch Fun Print Sidewalk Chalk Game 8 x 10

Hopscotch was another one. My friends and I played hopscotch for hours on end! Like Jacks, there were a million different ways of playing. We'd make up all kinds of ways of carrying our marker (the best was a bobby pin since it didn't fall off as easily as a pebble) -- backs of our hands, top of our head (no fair sticking the bobby pin IN your hair!), on our feet, on our shoulders!
This sweet print is from an Etsy shop appropriately named
Hopscotch Art!
Check it out, there are lots of cute cards and paintings in this lovely shop! 


There were a bunch more that we played a lot -- skating, jump rope, walking on stilts, Hula Hoop -- but I'll save those for another day!

What kid games do you remember?

♥♥♥  I'm linking up my kid games to Alphabe-Thursday over at Miss Jenny's where we are studying the letter "K."


Jenny Matlock


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22 comments:

Jackie/Jake said...

I played most of these except for Pick Up Sticks and marbles.

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Played them all and loved them all ~ Fun! ~ outside most of the time if we could be ~ Great post ~great memories ~ ~ thanks, namaste, (A Creative Harbor)

VBR said...

Pick up sticks, marbles, spinning tops and yo yoing. Hopscotch! HulaHoop! Mother May I? and Red Light Green Light! So many wonderful games and toys from childhood that we don't see much of anymore. : (

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I played Pick Up Sticks as a kid too :)
We always jumped rope during recess and I won a hula hoop contest many moons ago :)

Judie said...

I played all those games, and loved them! In the late afternoon, in the summertime, we would play Mother May I, Swing the Statue, Red Light, and others whose names I have forgotten.

Heather Everson said...

I remember hopscotch and marbles with my friends. Ahh memories :)

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Jamie Niebergall said...

Talk about a stroll down memory lane! I loved pick up sticks and marbles as a kid. In fact, I've been wanting to get J some pick up sticks. He recently got a "barrel of monkeys" and loves it!

Sue said...

The only one we didn't play, for some reason, is marbles. But we loved our Jacks, pick up sticks. and hopscotch!

=)

storybeader said...

that is an adorable name for a shop - got to check it out! I liked hopscotch a lot. My sister and our friends played a lot. DH likes marbles, and he's always finding old ones out back, in our yard! Great post!{:-D

momto8blog said...

My kids still play marbles and all the outside chalk games. i bought pick up sticks at the dollar store...they must have been sturdier when I played them or wood like you got, because they were too flimsy to play...most of the kids play fancy electronic games anymore...
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Rocky Mountain Woman said...

We must come from similar backgrounds because I played all of those as a kid. Thanks for the sweet memory...

Erika said...

We played all those games though hopscotch was my favorite.

Aliferous Express said...

i never played marbles, but i definitely have my hours logged in on mega hopscotch play... as for pick up sticks. we still, as adults, have some competition game nights and we play both jacks and pick up sticks. it's always a blast.

BeadedTail said...

I never played marbles but I've played everything else. I liked hopscotch and the hula hoop!

Andy David said...

Dear Susan,
You have brought back a lot of memories (smile). Marbles and pick up sticks was my favorites.

Our Village is a Little Different said...

Oh, what great, fun memories!
-Catherine

riorita said...

I remember the beautiful marbles I collected as a kid! I think I loved them for their beauty rather than playing with them...

Mary said...

I never played with pick-up sticks or marbles but I have fond memories of hop scotch and sidewalk chalk :)

Rose said...

We definitely played pick up sticks and hop scotch. I don't know that I've ever played marbles, but I've definitely owned them. We had some of those marble toys growing up where you can create "runs" for them and whatnot.

Abby said...

I played all of these games, including jacks! It was a fun childhood!! I now teach my grands how to play hopscotch! Fun!

Splendid Little Stars said...

Fun! I did play pick up sticks and jacks, hopscotch definitely. I know marbles were around, must have been my brother's. I don't remember actually playing a game with them.
yep. hula hoop, plenty of jump rope, and hiding games and freeze tag.

Looking above at the comments, I remember also Mother may I, red light/green Light, swing the statue.

Jenny said...

We played a lot of pic up sticks and a game called Caroom!

I can still remember getting sore fingers from hitting the little plastic donuts in the latter!

My Grandlittles and I play pic up sticks still.

What happy memories!

Thanks for the smile and the kute link to the letter 'K'.

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