What are the games you played when you were a child?

hopscotch - a child playing hopscotch
@galatea (687)
Philippines
March 25, 2007 12:57pm CST
Specifically games that allowed the body to move and encouraged human interaction. I always liked playing house. I loved playing a pregnant mother. I'd stuff all my toys inside my shirt and pretend to give birth to them, screaming and wailing all the way. We also had a game called heaven-earth. It's a vertical movement tag-your-it game where the players have to climb somewhere higher than ground level so the 'it' couldn't tag him. I'm guessing I'll have a hard time convincing my future children to let go of the joystick and go out and get muddy. I think there are some important things learned, especially by children, when they play outside the virtual realm. So, what's your favorite children's game?
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
25 Mar 07
When I was a kid my friends and I played a game where we picked a headstone at the cemetary (preferably a really old one) and made up a story about the person's life. Essentially you "won" if your story was voted most interesting. Kind of geeky and morbid, I know, but it was fun. =) I suppose my favorite "moving around" game was hacky sack. We played a really mean version called peg where if you dropped the sack everyone got to take turns throwing it at you. Great, eh?
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@lecanis (16664)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
25 Mar 07
I think that's a lovely sentiment actually!
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@vebela (310)
• United States
26 Mar 07
The games we played co-ed were definitely different than the games we played all-girls. Our Co-ed games included all different varieties of tag, basketball, soccer, and softball. We also played really physical games of four-square, red-rover, and steal-the-bacon. The games I played with just girls were a little less physical than the co-ed games. We played tether-ball, volleyball, jump rope (complete with rhymes), and hop-skotch. A lot of the times were spent playing house or school.
@galatea (687)
• Philippines
26 Mar 07
I only recognized gender when I was already in 4th grade. The kids in my neighborhood played anything that came into our minds. I remember we'd set-up a beauty parlor and the guys would gamely act as gays pretend-styling our hair. When the guys thought up of a war game, I just loved it because I loved running after then and making them scream, I think I had fast legs before. After 4th grade we became young ladies and young men or so our health teacher said. But we still stole our way to the playground and did all crazy sorts of games.
@kurtbiewald (2628)
• United States
26 Mar 07
too many to list that one sounds fun though I spent my whole childhod outside pretty much, well 60% maybe skating, skateboards, softball, kickball, tennis, football, hiking in woods and along streams I used to invent games too. One of them is really good, we still play it. I used to fall in the pond every year, the ice would be an inch thick and we would have to test it.
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@galatea (687)
• Philippines
26 Mar 07
Those were better days when kids did acrobatics every day. Imagine falling in the ice cold water every year! My sister these days would benignly sit down in our sofa and play with her spongebob plushie. Nothing wrong with spongebob but there must be something else creative to do for a nine year old.
@wolfie34 (26793)
• United Kingdom
25 Mar 07
I used to love playing kiss chase, especially at school! So it was kind of like tag, but if you got tagged you got kissed. I used to love getting kissed by the girls, hardly surprising I know. We also used to set up our own little rounders team at lunch time, girls against boys, fun times indeed, we were very imaginative in our play and would do a lot of pretend play, like being robots and playing lightsabres like Star Wars with sticks, those were the days!
@galatea (687)
• Philippines
26 Mar 07
I used to chase the boys until I got them cornered and they'd scream for help. I never kissed them though! I liked picking on them which was weird now that I think of it. I was sort of the head of the class, class prez etc, but my gang was always the most mischievous of the lot. We played all sorts of rough games so I always wear shorts under my school uniform because we'd end up scaling fences and running away from the victims of our pranks.
• India
26 Mar 07
hmm.. in young days. its used to be fun.. i used to play a game called as twix.. that used to be so diffrerent and so funny that who watches the game will wutomatically get interest in getting into the game. it used to be so funyy..
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@galatea (687)
• Philippines
26 Mar 07
Twix! The name makes me hungry. :) I wonder how that is played. Maybe you can teach us. Thanks for sharing!
@galatea (687)
• Philippines
26 Mar 07
Oh, and welcome to mylot! I hope you have a lot of fun here. You're first post is on my discussion, wow. More to come ok?
@20031969 (934)
• India
26 Mar 07
i remember that i used to play with beautiful dolls and it is my habit to feed them in time, let them permission to sleep at afternoon, then i prefer to get her up in evening and advise to take milk and then request to play in evening. thanks.
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@galatea (687)
• Philippines
26 Mar 07
...loony but /shrug/ :)
@galatea (687)
• Philippines
26 Mar 07
oh I'm sorry the text got cut off. Well I was saying that I still love taking care of my stuff and treating them like children. Tucking in my pillows and plushies. I'm a loony :)
• India
26 Mar 07
when I was a child I played a lot of games. In those fgame there are many outdoor games and many indoor games. In outdoor games I played cricket, football, baseball, basketball, running, jumping, swimming, khokho, kabbaddi, santakukadi, thappo, and so many games. In the indoor games I Played vedio games, karem, with playing cards, chess, and so on. we were a four friends. we always played together.
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@galatea (687)
• Philippines
27 Mar 07
I haven't heard most of the games that you mentioned but I bet they're all fun. I see you're new here. Welcome and keep on posting! Have fun!
@nidlove (15)
• Philippines
26 Mar 07
when i was a child, there are so many games in our little hometown. many kids love to play on the streets. in our compound, we kids there love to play chinese garter. u know, the games having a rubber strand then u will go and jump to go to the other part. then the hide and seek, ofcourse. it was always there from then till now. the traditional filipino game, tumbang preso and chato. hahahaha!!! so funny to reminisce those times. it's fun to be a child. though sometimes it is not.
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@galatea (687)
• Philippines
26 Mar 07
hey nidlove (hug!) yeah there are some moments when being a child s*cks but still when we think back, there are things worth remembering, something that will make us smile. I was never good with chinese garter but I played anyway because it was fun and I was with my friends. It was easier to make friends when we were kids.
@jennybianca (12914)
• Australia
26 Mar 07
We got out & about a lot playing games as kids, there being no TV. We played hide & seek of course, insiude & out. As we got older, the hide & seek went all the way up the street. Playing war games occasionally were fun... bows & arrows.. We built cubbies; we just loved these. We played in the block next door where all the bushes were. We liked monopoly too.
@galatea (687)
• Philippines
26 Mar 07
No TV and no internet. That was the best recipe for a good physical game. I had so much fun thinking up new games to play with my friends, new strategies and all that.
@dudess (24)
• Botswana
26 Mar 07
i used to love playing house,we used to take turns in being mommy and daddy.we used to sit religiously and make clothes for the dolls.also used to play tag, hide and seek, marbles,cards,scrabble,building castles in the beach..........gosh it used to be so much fun! hey thanks for reminding me of the childhood days...bought a smile on my face
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@galatea (687)
• Philippines
26 Mar 07
Oh you're welcome. It's always fun to remember what we were when we were children.
@tedmark (47)
• Philippines
26 Mar 07
during my childhood years i used to play with my robots since im the only son i cant play with my sisters, usually before i went to my nieghbors house just to play with friends.
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@galatea (687)
• Philippines
26 Mar 07
wow. You had robots?
@catcai (1057)
• Philippines
26 Mar 07
I used to like play adventurous games. Most of my playmates were boys so we would play hunting games physically strenuous games. We even play a mini Olympics type of games. But my most loves game of all was the cooking game- where in I get to cook something. Each of us would usually bring an ingredient like salt, rice, some herbs and spices then some would bring wood or charcoal and set up the cooking station. Then we would look for a clean used can- like a can of powdered milk which will serve as our cooking pot. Then I would start to cook and dictate the things that I'm doing just like in the cooking show. After the food has been cooked- we eat it. We make sure that everything that we use is clean so we don’t get diarrhea after or even food poisoning. I also liked playing “Miss universe” we had some older playmates, they were like in highschool and we were in elementary, and every Saturday they would organize a mini pageant for us kids- even the guys (the confused ones!) are allowed to join. It really is a mini pageant complete with crowns, sash, scepter, and even a bouquet of garden flowers (by garden flowers I mean- santan or bouganvilla or hibiscus or gumamela). a modeling show except for swimwear, a talent portion and a question and answer portion. IT really was fun.
@galatea (687)
• Philippines
26 Mar 07
Now that your said it, I remember that my mom set up a tent for me and she bought a set of earthenwares, a pot and a stove. I surprised them once by cooking sinigang. They never thought I could learn to cook in that little pot. After that they let me do my own thing in the real kitchen and the little tent was folded up. I must admit that cooking in the tent was much more fun that cooking inside the house; in the tent I was playing but in the house everything became a chore! Haha.
@dbeast (1498)
• India
26 Mar 07
well when i was a kid i used to play so many games.too bad kids of this generation are more involved with their playstations and their x-boxes.when i was a kid i used to love playing hide and seek.we lived in an appartment and our whole colony will gather together and have a lot of fun.we used to play it in a school nearby.there were so many places to hde and it used to be real fun,not for the one who seeks though.it was really fun.we played a great deal of other games too.another of my favorite is lock and key.it was a real fun game.wish i could have those days back.
@vinu123 (225)
• India
26 Mar 07
I used to play langda, kho-kho, kabaddi, rugbi, cricket& all other ttypes of games which i don't remember now. Well i think if you are indian you might be knowing all these games. Specifically games that allowed the body to move and encouraged human interaction. I always liked playing in house. I loved playing a pregnant mother. I'd stuff all my toys inside my shirts & pretend to give a birth to them, screaming & wailing all the way. We also had a game called heaven-earth.It's a vertical movement tag your it game where the players have to climb somewhere higher than ground level so the 'it' couldn't tag him. i am guessing i'll have a hard time convincing my future learned, especially by children, when they play outside the virtual realm. so what's my favourite game?
@mariz08 (10)
• Philippines
26 Mar 07
im really a playful kid back when my chilhood years. i used to play barbie dolls and some kitchen stuffs, if i have some playmates outside like my neighbors i used to play with them hide and sick because i love playing that game.
@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
26 Mar 07
True, it'll be hard for the next generation to appreciate physical childhood play which does not need much but, imagination. My favorites are hide and seek, especially in big houses in our provinces, 'tumbang preso' where you have to tip the can over with slippers so that the 'it' in the game can't tag you, basic dodge ball, 'Moro-moro', 'sipa' or 'sepak', 'luksong baka' or 'luksong tinik', and that's just about as much as i could name. I can still remember a few but, I'm no longer sure on their names anymore. Those were good times..
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• Pakistan
26 Mar 07
hmm ususally played football nd cricket in ma child hood !!!
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@lpetges (3036)
• United States
26 Mar 07
we played "duck duck goose", and tag, and pin the tail on the donkey,, board games were played alot too, and they were "life", monopoloy, and yahtzee.. so much fun, we hardly ever watched television!
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@abhiteja (146)
• India
26 Mar 07
i like to play hidden & dangerous game .i dont know y we kept tat name at that time.but its very interesting game.and i also like to play police & thief game which will make our parents more disturbance when we whistle .i like playing wall touch,bunty & ponty,missile game & so on.....
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@chetnas (59)
• India
26 Mar 07
i played so many games langdi khokho vittidandu lagory i play in the garden also jula seesaw cradle chupa ghupi so anjoy myself .when i played in the garden i got so many friend.
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