What Was Your Favorite Childhood Game/Activities?

United States
January 9, 2007 4:38pm CST
For some of us childhood was a memorable and happy time. There are stories to share about growing up, about the time when we tasted something for the first time, about the scars that we got from falling out of trees and the list can go on and on. As I child, I loved playing dress up, climbing trees, building sand castles, playing musical chairs, playing hide & go seek, jump rope, hop scotch, bike race, guessing games, double dutch, and could go on and on. I still like playing them. But my all time favorite childhood game was 'duck, duck, goose.' What was your favorite childhood game or activity.
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• India
10 Jan 07
When i was child i was playing with my toys and climb the tress, throw balls on the everyone.
• United States
10 Jan 07
Toys...were the kid that would play with one toy for about 10 seconds and switch to another? Or did you have your favorite toy? Thanks!!
• United States
10 Jan 07
Toys! Were you the kid that would play with one toy for 10 seconds and switch? Or did you have a favorite toy? Thanks!!
• India
10 Jan 07
I LIKED TO PLAY PS2, VOLLEY BALL ,CRICKET,I LOVE TO SWIM NOW ALSO
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• United States
10 Jan 07
Never was the game systems kind of gal, but what game did you play the most? Where did/do you swim, pool or beach? Thanks for sharing...
@greenjam (26)
10 Jan 07
I loved loads of the games mentioned above, mostly I loved swimming as a kid and all the water games and swimming races, I also liked the "teddy bear" game you did in the water, don't know if anyone's heard of it, it's usually two people jumping up and down in the water, saying something like "teddy bear, teddy bear, do a handstand in the water" and you both had to do what the other person said. Quite good really, especially when you had to talk or shout something under water. I also liked playing the game hangman, I used to add loads of parts onto the man like fingers, toes, eyes (no rude bits) to make the game last, so I could hopefully not hang of course.
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• United States
10 Jan 07
Sounds like you had a very enjoyable childhood. Although I never heard of "Teddy Bear", there was a game similar to that we played...but never got a name. Thank you so much for sharing...
• United States
10 Jan 07
It seems like people on this discussion had similar interests as children...cool!
• United States
10 Jan 07
I loved dress up. I also loved playing pretend. My favorite was playing "office" and pretending to be a powerful boss. My favorite board game was Manacala. It's an ancient board game that you play with stones. It's a game of strategy. It's still one of my absolute favorite games.
• United States
10 Jan 07
Oh my God!!! Mancala is a great game...in the Caribbean it is quite popular. Thank you so much for sharing that and for bringing back memories of my 'pretending' days!!!
• United States
10 Jan 07
I forgot, some of the elementary schools have incorporated Mancala in their curriculum. It is such a great game...I taught it to my little niece even though she thought it was boring, she eventually grew to love it!!!
@durzor (42)
• New Zealand
10 Jan 07
Remember the days of the old school yard we used to laugh alot...Oh! just thought I'd add that snippet of a song in there lol! My most favourite game was 'Bullrush' where my brothers, sisters and neighbourhood friends got together in our back yard to play (it was like a 1/4 acre). One kid was nominated for the middle of the field and the rest of us had to charge the field and make it to the other side of the field without being tackled. If you were caught, the two of you became the kids in the middle and so on...till the last one...by the end of the game quite a few of us had lots of 'hurts' but it was a great game...we used to play it at school too, but then it got banned.
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• United States
10 Jan 07
Man, it was banned? Bummer! But it surely sounds like a fun game. It sort of reminds me of dodge ball without the ball. Thank you so much for sharing...
• United States
10 Jan 07
Oh, and thank you for the snippet! LOL
@Elton651 (31)
• United States
13 Jan 07
As a kid growing up in the streets of Brooklyn NY , all we needed was a ball(Spaldine) . That led to Stick ball , Punch ball Hand ball and goodness knows how many other games . During the summer ,our folks would see us in the morning and not again until dinner time . Great times growing up and thanks for asking -tc
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• United States
15 Jan 07
It's amazing how much fun kids could have with a ball. Thanks for sharing a piece of your childhood.
@wanna_be (411)
• Philippines
12 Jan 07
My childhood is very memorable because I spend it a lot learning and playing with my friends. My favorite game was the chinese garter wherein we have a contest on who will jump the highest or above the chinese garter wins. We had also games like 'patintero',hide and seek and many others.
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• United States
13 Jan 07
Chinese garter sounds like a very interesting game. What other games did you enjoy playing and learning with your friends? Thanks...
@mishang (501)
• Philippines
12 Jan 07
when i was a child, i love to color my books that is why my parents always bring home coloring books for me. i also love playing nintendo games such as mario brothers and pacman. i also love to read fairy tale stories and then my mom would prepare my glass of milk then i'm off to bed. i love my childhood because it was so happy and wonderful.
• United States
13 Jan 07
It really does sound like you had a wonderful childhood. Reading fairy tales was something I enjoyed doing as a child as well. What was your favorite?
@knewelle (128)
• Philippines
11 Jan 07
When I was a child I like playing outdoor games, in Philippines we have the famous game called "patintero". We love playing it specially during fullmoon. It consist of two groups with atlist 3 members in each group. One group will hinder the other to finished there obstacle to avoid them in winning. Then after that we play hide and seek game. It was really a fun games, I missed my childhood days.
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• United States
11 Jan 07
I heard of "patintero" before. I could only imagine how much fun it is to play. When was the last time you played?
• Pakistan
10 Jan 07
This is the nice topic I like it!!! Well there are lots of games which i played in the childhood but my favorite is Hide & Seek coz I like this very much...!!!!
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• United States
10 Jan 07
Thanks! Were there any particular hiding spots?
@amber81 (288)
• United States
10 Jan 07
Yes, i liked playing Duck Duck goose, Hide and seek, i also liked dress up quite well and oddly i liked playing mailman and make mail and put in differnt areas of the house and go pick it up.I liked useing my bike as a car haha, I liked skating around the house, Playing office and acting as if i was a waitress.There was many things i really enjoyed doing oh yea and all time i really liked playing barbies! I enjoyed playing by myself even though i had three sisters.
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• United States
10 Jan 07
You seemed to have been very creative as a kid. I can definitely agree with you, some of the best times I had was playing with my Barbie Dolls by myself. My sister was a baby, so I didn't have any girls other than my mom to play them with. Thanks for sharing.
@tocika (970)
• Romania
10 Jan 07
In my childhood I like to play,jump,running and a game that named in my country,,Don't offend,my brother!".That was my favourite game.
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• United States
10 Jan 07
Yeah, thanks!! What was that game about? Do you still play it today?
• United States
10 Jan 07
I always loved the game of tag, and the various ways you could play it. From plain old tag, flashlight tag, to flag tag, the endless hours we spent running around trying to catch each other was fun. Another game I always loved was hide and go seek, until I was it, LOL. We lived in a countrified area when I was growing up, so the hiding places where endless. It would take awhile for us to get through one game of it, because of there being so many places to hide. :) Red light, green light was another favorite, along with jumprope. Sadly, many kids don't play these games anymore, and because there aren't as many kids around as there used to be when we were growing up, I find that us adults have to not only show them how to play these games again today, but we also have to participate in them, to have more players on the teams.
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• United States
10 Jan 07
Tag is a very fun game, and I agree the possibilities are endless. I remember those day long games of hide n seek...lol. Red Light Green Light is a classic that I don't see much, I am going to play it this weekend. Yeah, I am a big kid...but life is too short. It's good to know that some parents get involved in their kids games!!! That's great...Thanks for sharing.
@Celanith (2334)
• United States
10 Jan 07
My sisters and brothers and I liked playing a game called Moonlight Starlight, hope to see a ghost tonight, It was an evening time hide and seek game. We also liked playing Annie Annie Over.
• United States
10 Jan 07
Was it supposed to be a scary form of Hide n Seek? Sounds like fun. What is Annie Annie Over about? Thanks for sharing...
@Piratesware (2893)
• Indonesia
10 Jan 07
well..it meorise me to my father.. he is very care to me when I was child..he always play around with me, watch me back.. I like take around in my grandpha land..ride horse..chase chicken....
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• United States
10 Jan 07
Oh my!! I remember my chicken chasing days. There was one time I chased a chicken and that was my last because the chicken ended up chasing me. It was fun anymore! LOL...my parents still laugh about it. Thanks...
@gkumar (227)
• India
10 Jan 07
Ya there were many games/activities I enjoyed in my childhood, to name some build tent houses, play hide and seek, play cricket in park or even on the road in front of my house, play steps ( on the famous steps of La Martiniere Lucknow, my school), play hand tennis or football with a small tennis ball, make gangs and have have gang wars .... o it was so much fun ... wish could go back in those days
• United States
10 Jan 07
Do you not play some of the games you use to as a child? Oh my, you just reminded me of when we use to camp out in the back yard in a hut that we would build out of anything and everything we could find!! Those were truly the good old days. Thanks...
• India
10 Jan 07
I used to play many games like cops and robbers,lingose,cricket throw ball, glois,chrigoen,racing, and many more,... thanks for reminding all our childhood days!!!
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• United States
10 Jan 07
No problem...our childhood days mark the best days of our life! Thanks...
• Nigeria
10 Jan 07
mine was ludo i really liked playing it.
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• United States
10 Jan 07
What is Ludo about? Thanks...
@Duvessa (914)
• United States
10 Jan 07
Hmmm. I think my favorite things to do as a child were watch cartoons, play with barbies & play my nintendo. I still love alot of the old 80s cartoons like Jem, she-ra/he-man, the wuzzles, my little pony & pound puppies. And I'm dying to be able to get an old skool NES again!
• United States
10 Jan 07
Cartoons...they just don't make them how they use to. My little Pony and Pound Puppies...girl you brought back some good memories. Thanks...
• United States
10 Jan 07
I played football and basketball as a child, and still love it. It was a good source of excersise and just plain fun.
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• United States
10 Jan 07
Great!! Being active in something that had health benefit and is fun to do is always a good thing. Thanks...