What were your favorite things to do/play outdoors when you were a child?

Child on a swing - A child outdoors swinging
United States
July 13, 2009 1:21am CST
I loved so many outdoor things as a child: swinging, riding a bike, swimming, playing in the sandbox, going on family picnics, playing tag or hide-and-seek, going fishing with my dad. What were your favorite things to do outdoors when you were a child?
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@dpk262006 (56484)
• Delhi, India
13 Jul 09
Hi Karen! I am not aware whether you have heard about the game of cricket or not. When I was young, I loved to play cricket and badminton, as outdoor games. Hide and seek was also played whenever we used to get a chance, it was a great fun playing hide and seek and finding out the person, who would hid himself. While indoor, we used to play chess and snakes & ladders. It was real fun time and we miss all these activities now a days.
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• United States
13 Jul 09
Hi Deepak. Yes, I have heard of cricket. Isn't it a bit like what we call football in the US? Yes, hide and seek it a lot of fun and so is badminton. Kids still play that a lot today. I am not familiar with snakes and ladders, but we do have a board game for children in the US called chutes and ladders, so maybe the are alike :) Karen
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@dpk262006 (56484)
• Delhi, India
14 Jul 09
Hi Karen! You made me laugh when I wrote that even adults play hide and seek at the gatherings at your home. It sounds really great and interesting. Wish I could also play like it. Hope now you are clear about the game of cricket. It is the second most passion in India and is like religion here, after movies. Have a great day!
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@dpk262006 (56484)
• Delhi, India
14 Jul 09
pl. read 'when you wrote........
@vijayanths (7878)
• India
13 Jul 09
I used to play cricket and a few more games you won't be familiar with. These games appear to me very silly now though they meant a lot to me when I was a boy.lol
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@yugasini (12839)
• Anantapur, India
13 Jul 09
hi karen, there is only once incident that i was travelled to Hyderabad in my school days with my father,but i travelled with my mother and with my sister and brothers to my mothers sister home there we spend nearly 1 month every year in my school days
• United States
13 Jul 09
Hello Yugasini. Traveling to different places or visiting relatives was always a highlight for me as a child. It was good to play with and get to know the cousins. :) Karen
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• United States
16 Jul 09
Hi Karen....I got jipped out of a childhood becasue I didn't get the priveledge of having a stay at home mom. My father and mother both worked the afternoon shift because my mom never got her drivers license so this way she could go and come home when my dad did. We had a babysitter and she was as sour as they come. No fun or shanigans with her. She followed the rules to the t and then some. I always looked forward to the weekends and to our famiy vacation we took every summer. Oh the beautiful sites we would see. I knew my mom and dad could not afford these trips but they did them so we could have memories of doing some things together as a family. These times are burned into my memory and now I am telling my grandchildren about the adventures I had growing up. flutterby
• United States
25 Jul 09
Hi Flutter...it is sad that you missed out on the of the day-to-day joys of child's play. I am happy, however, that your parents made up for it during vacations so that you would end up with some of those wonderful memories :) Karen
@webeishere (36353)
• United States
13 Jul 09
I guess the years I spent at home as a child would be called odd in todays sense actually. I used to love to play horseshoes and croquet. Not games a child thinks of nowdays. Not even back then really. But those were my faves. I now love a game called Ladderball. Sort of like horseshoes but with a tiered framework, tossing balls with strings on them over the crossbars to earn points like in horseshoes. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB!!~
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• United States
13 Jul 09
Hi Grandpa Bob. I have myself played croquet and horseshoes, though as an adult :) Your Ladderball sounds like great fun! We're never too old to play :)) So continue to do that. Best regards to you. Karen