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Four Square - A Playground Game

Four Square - A Playground Game

When I grew up, the video game was not invented yet.  The home video game Pong did not come along until I was nearly in my teens.  Al Gore had not invented the internet either.  So, what did we do back then for fun?  Besides dodging dinosaurs we had a lot of fun games that were played outside with other human beings.  For those under thirty years old – outside is the place where that annoying sun glare on your computer screen comes from.  I tried to remember as many games as I could but I know I have forgotten some since it has been a while…

Below is a list of games that I could remember playing and some of them I can remember the game and some I just vaguely remember the overall concept.

Four square – The playing surface is found in the picture above.  The idea was to bounce a small red ball between the squares without hitting the lines and to force your 3 other opponents to make an error.   I played this a lot in 6th grade during recess.

TV Tag – This was a game of tag but if you could blurt out a name of a TV Program before you were about to be tagged you were off limits.

Crack the whip – This was a playground game or for a large group of people where you would link arms and then attempt to break the chain (or crack the whip) by running quickly in one direction and then stopping.  Whoever lost contact with the chain of people linked was out of the game.

Red rover – I am a little foggy on this one but I believe this game was played with 2 groups of kids facing each other with arms linked from a distance of maybe 30 feet or so and when the other team called your name you ran over to their side and tried to break though.  It went something like: “Red Rover, Red Rover let Jimmy Come over”

Hide and seek – hopefully this needs no explanation

I spy… - you would state that you see something and then other people in the room had to guess what it was.  You had a limited number of guesses before the person would reveal what they “spied”

Pinch, punch, question or command – Each person would take a turn and elect one of the options.  Great for boring rainy days since it was usually very mindless.

Shadow tag – This was a version of regular tag but you tagged the persons shadow for them to be “it”.  Did not work well on cloudy days or on groundhog days when Phil did not see his shadow.

Kick the can – from what I recall this was like hide and seek but you would return “home” and kick the can before the person who was “it” could catch you

Monkey in the middle – This was played usually by 3 people.   2 people keeping a ball away from another person i.e. the monkey in the middle.

King of the mountain – this is a game where a person would perch atop of small hill and fend off people trying to knock him off of the spot.

You can tell these games are a part of the reason that we did not have such a problem with childhood obesity back then.  Most were physically active and were played outside.  That accomplished two things

1)      You burned calories through the physical activity

2)      You were not stuffing your pie hole with chips, cookies and the like while laying on the couch staring at a TV or computer screen (or a smart phone screen)

Have a great week and share some memories of the good old days and maybe we can bring back the neighborhood games that some of us used to play in the dark ages. (Before the personal computer was invented)

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June 27, 2011 at 4:41 pm

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  1. Thanks for the memories. Looking back, I’m thankful we didn’t need acomputer to have fun. Today’s young ones are too computer obsessed.

    Jon The Blogcentric

    September 19, 2011 at 12:26 pm

  2. Add hopscotch and Marco Polo.

    Red Rover was fun. I remember it well. And scavenger hunts!

    broadsideblog

    September 19, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    • My suggestions exactly! :-)

      angelasoelzerragosa

      September 20, 2011 at 9:46 am

  3. Even I’ve played some of them or their different versions years back. Miss those times.

    Good post! :)

    Nandini

    September 19, 2011 at 12:31 pm

  4. Red Rover. So much fun, yet so painful. Great post!

  5. My five year old thinks life exists for wii & this makes me realize how much I miss classic childhood play. We are definitely going to try these next weekend!!

    Melissa Pasos

    September 19, 2011 at 12:37 pm

  6. I managed to break my nose five times before I was 18…all because of games. The first was a game I was playing with my dog. I guess she won because I wound up flat on my face after she swatted me off the couch. The next was as a result of a basketball that I swear I was going to catch — but it hit me in the nose. And then there was some random chase game and I ran into a wall — that’s right, a concrete wall — with my face. Next, bike tag. The big kids in the neighborhood were chasing me on their bikes trying to “tag” me by hitting my back tire with their front — I hit a HUGE tree and went flying over the handlebars into the tree. The final breaking blow was a dodgeball incident.

    I hate dodgeball.

    My personal theory over the years has been that my arms don’t work properly. I should have been able to get them up in front of my face and stop my nose from hitting all of those things that broke it.

    Nonetheless, I’m still glad I played outside so much as a kid. I hope that if I ever have children I can encourage them to do the same. (I also hope to teach them to cover their faces if something is hurled toward it.)

    Crystal

    CrystalSpins

    September 19, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    • lol Crystal! I hate dodgeball too. Ive always had a fear of breaking my nose, therefore I do not like balls coming at my head…but clearly I needed to be worried about all the other games too! We are so fearless when we are young aren’t we? Bike tag sounds especially dangerous lol

      NeiaNeia

      September 19, 2011 at 11:53 pm

  7. I often look at the sandbox in a nearby park and I try to figure out when did the kids stop playing in it. It’s not a sandbox anymore. The grass has grown. It’s grassbox!

    Karmen D.

    September 19, 2011 at 12:42 pm

  8. Totally fun post!
    I’m kind of old, but have never heard of the pinch, punch, question game. What planet was I living on?
    And congrats on Freshly Pressed, by the way!
    Kathy

    Kathryn McCullough

    September 19, 2011 at 12:43 pm

  9. Love this article, even though I was an 80′s baby, I still remember the intense 4square games on the playground and people almost breaking arms in Red Rover! It’s crazy to imagine that my sisters and my future kids are not going to be able to know what it was like to grow up in a house that didn’t have a computer.

    831photography

    September 19, 2011 at 12:44 pm

  10. Most of my elementary and middle school recesses were spent playing four square, tag, crack the whip, kick ball, and pretending to be anything we could think of. I miss those days of running around on the playground hand-in-hand with my best friends.

    Rose

    September 19, 2011 at 12:47 pm

  11. We used to play a lot of hopscotch and jumprope. And then there was the whole Macarena thing…

    Of course, being from Canada, hockey was quite popular among the boys.

    jaynn

    September 19, 2011 at 12:47 pm

  12. Thanks for taking me back in time to the good ol’ days! It’s a shame kids aren’t as active anymore.

    kheatherg

    September 19, 2011 at 12:52 pm

  13. A big reason, aside from the influx of technology, that kids today don’t play these sorts of games is the influx of lawsuits against schools. I was in elementary school in the second half of the nineties and remember certain games such as Red Rover and Crack the Whip being steadily out-ruled as I progressed through third to fifth grade. To avoid injuries, most of those old games (and even some playground equipment) are against the rules at school these days.

    caseykayb

    September 19, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    • The people who sued the schools must have been the kids who were always chosen last. Why else would they get upset with their kids playing the same games they did?

      Jeremy (A Boy with Shoes)

      September 20, 2011 at 7:37 am

    • Ahh yes. Sadly, even tag has been eliminated in some places because of “no contact” rules. I remember playing hide and seek in the summers until midnight (because it took soo long for the Sun to set) and having all of our parents visit with each other and also keep an eye out for us. We used to spend all of our time outdoors and now, I have a child who swears she can’t “cope” with life if she doesn’t have her “ipod”. Thanks for those memories.

      zenoviammmz

      September 20, 2011 at 11:34 am

  14. Excellent post! I remember playing some of those games. In my neighborhood we also jumped double dutch and went roller skating for fun! I wish the children today still played these games and spent less time glued to their smart phones, computers and other gadgets! We will have to try and pass on some of the games from the good ol days.
    Thanks for sharing!

    travelingmad

    September 19, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    • Ahh double dutch, again lots of fun. I remember how hard it was for me to learn and once I did I was thrilled.

      zenoviammmz

      September 20, 2011 at 11:35 am

  15. Great article! Thank you! And my favorite was always Kick the Can. :)

    Oh God, My Wife Is German

    September 19, 2011 at 12:57 pm

  16. Where are we going?…. Sad!

    actyon20

    September 19, 2011 at 1:04 pm

  17. Great post. As much as I love the internet – having a blog makes that kind of obvious – I miss the simplicity of speaking to people in person. With all the new technology allowing people to speak behind their phones, laptops, ipads, everybody is going to end up socially awkward. And indeed, obese!

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    pjmgfashionn11

    September 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm

  18. Video games didn’t come on the scene until I was in college though pool and pinball were far more popular. I remember many of these games, plus jacks, jumping rope, Indian ball and Ghosts in the Graveyard (similar to hide and seek but always played on those summer evenings after supper). Congrats on being Freshly Pressed and thanks for the trip down memory lane.

    sandylikeabeach

    September 19, 2011 at 1:12 pm

  19. I loved four square growing up! I’m going to have to get out and play that soon!

    Sunday Funday Blog

    September 19, 2011 at 1:17 pm

  20. I live in a small city and people live in condos, duplexes, or have homes with little to no backyard. There aren’t a lot of courts in our neighborhood either, so the only streets they can play on are dangerous with cars traveling down them at 50 miles per hour. Or kids have to wait till the weekend for their parents to take them out to a place where it’s a big enough space to run around and play. It’s really too bad. I remember running through neighborhoods or biking around for hours and coming home exhausted and hungry for an actual dinner. I don’t know what kids do these days. I feel like I have to go live in the most rural of towns to see anything like what I had when I grew up. The world I knew has changed, indeed.

    Fighting Reality

    September 19, 2011 at 1:18 pm

  21. TV tag! Shadow tag! I completely forgot about these games but I looooved them back before I got a Playstation…it was all downhill from there.

    natasiarose

    September 19, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    • Before the PS, all we have to do is go out in the street and play hide-and-seek at night, or play “tumbang preso”. Native games are still great here in the Philippines.

      itutuloy

      September 19, 2011 at 8:40 pm

  22. Playing sports in confined impractical places was always great, cricket in a 2.5m wide corridor was excellent, impossible, but excellent

    eyeonwales

    September 19, 2011 at 1:33 pm

  23. It wasn’t so long ago when I was playing in the playground with my friends. Hide-and-seek was popular, but I hated it because I was awful at hiding. I played I Spy all the time with my mother whenever we were traveling by bus. I was always pretty good at Monkey in the Middle, but I did hate being the “monkey,” because my friends would constantly tease and taunt me. I remember King of the Mountain, but I always thought it was too rough for my taste. Oh, I sort of miss these childhood games. Now I feel like going outside and playing jumprope or hopscotch….

    Sophia Morgan (griffinspen)

    September 19, 2011 at 1:33 pm

  24. times were great before the computer! thanks for the post

    juliusjohnston

    September 19, 2011 at 1:50 pm

  25. I was not born before Pong was created but there definitely was a lot of outside enjoyment in my time. I loved playing dodgeball. Because of my beanpole like figure, I was exceptional at dodging the ball. Unfortunately with a beanpole figure, my throwing skills were somewhat sub-par. Anyone could catch my throws. I think they still could :(

    Vu

    September 19, 2011 at 1:51 pm

  26. Nostalgia for the ‘good old days’…
    I do remember Pong, we were one of the first families to get it along with the first (scary) microwave! We soon fell behind all the other families, I remember begging for a Beta then VHS, when all my friends had already upgraded to the VHS!
    We played outside from the time school let out till we were called in for dinner. And back outside (as soon as we could be excused from the table), until the streetlights came on. We knew every kid on the block and had to walk a mile to school.

    You As A Machine

    September 19, 2011 at 1:59 pm

  27. Cool post! How well I remember these games! We’d also make up games. HOURS of fun! These kids today have no imagination.

    dct8

    September 19, 2011 at 2:02 pm

  28. I used to play a lot of those games when I was in Elementary school! “Four Square” and “I Spy” were the best :) Nice post! Congrats on being FP!

    Nour

    September 19, 2011 at 2:03 pm

  29. [...] When I grew up, the video game was not invented yet.  The home video game Pong did not come along until I was nearly in my teens.  Al Gore had not invented the internet either.  So, what did we do back then for fun?  Besides dodging dinosaurs we had a lot of fun games that were played outside with other human beings.  For those under thirty years old – outside is the place where that annoying sun glare on your computer screen comes from.  I tried … Read More [...]

  30. I loved hide and seek! And tag! Those games were my childhood. Kick the Can and Monkey in the Middle were great! So much fun. Kids don’t go out and get dirty anymore, or use much of their imaginations. Everyone is becoming less social (in person), as well, because of the internet. I feel that kids these days just want to grow up as fast as they possibly can, too. My childhood was some of the most memorable times of my life. I was always outside with my brothers and cousins and friends. Aside from the games already mentioned, we couldn’t get enough of kickball and wiffle ball. Even good old frisbee. Jump rope and hopscotch, races on land and in the pool, bouncing and flipping on the trampoline. We had fun, used our brains and exercised! And me and the people I’m speaking of are in our early and mid twenties. I feel like we were the last generation to enjoy these things. The internet began to become very popular, consuming lives, when I was in my mid to late teens.

    This is an excellent article, and is well written. I especially enjoyed this:
    “Besides dodging dinosaurs we had a lot of fun games that were played outside with other human beings.” Hilarious.

    Nicole

    September 19, 2011 at 2:12 pm

  31. Red Rover was always a great mystery to me. And dangerous … I witnessed many a bloodied knee from that brutal game.

    Or perhaps I was just playing with overly aggressive children?
    ;)

    Mikalee Byerman

    September 19, 2011 at 2:14 pm

  32. Jump rope – single and double dutch. It was a rite of passage to be able to jump in “overhand”.

    darkmoonjourney

    September 19, 2011 at 2:20 pm

  33. Congrats on Freshly Pressed!

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    Benny Beagle

    September 19, 2011 at 2:23 pm

  34. All of these were SO GOOD. Four square was my favorite next to dodgeball.

    I loved recess and playing around the neighborhood after school. We used to play another game called “Fort” (or “Capture the Flag” in some circles). We’d also do scavenger hunts, play hopscotch and tetherball, and then involve ourselves in stupid activities like riding our bikes off of the roof of a house into a pool or over rather large objects. Games based on favorite cartoons like Thundercats, GI Joe, and He Man were big hits, too. We’d make up stories and act them out just like the shows. Thanks for the dose of nostalgia!

    jamieahughes

    September 19, 2011 at 2:32 pm

  35. Aww! I am under 30 and remember some of those games, especially four square and hide and seek, of course, along with Chinese jump rope and a few other games that were popular when I was little. I don’t remember computers being so huge until I was maybe in 7th or 8th grade (I’m 22). But maybe that wasn’t the case for everyone.

    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed! I enjoyed your post.

    Samantha

    September 19, 2011 at 2:34 pm

  36. stick in the mud was awesome game and cant cross the red sea!

    northerntees

    September 19, 2011 at 2:39 pm

  37. [...] When I grew up, the video game was not invented yet.  The home video game Pong did not come along until I was nearly in my teens.  Al Gore had not invented the internet either.  So, what did we do back then for fun?  Besides dodging dinosaurs we had a lot of fun games that were played outside with other human beings.  For those under thirty years old – outside is the place where that annoying sun glare on your computer screen comes from.  I tried … Read More [...]

  38. I played something very similar to Shadow Tag when I was in my primary school! This post really brought back memories!

    Eve Redwater

    September 19, 2011 at 2:41 pm

  39. Another one I remember was Indian Leg Wrestling, where you lie down hip-to-hip, head-to-toe, and raise up your legs, link them and try to throw each other over backwards. Nice.

    berdiesan

    September 19, 2011 at 2:43 pm

  40. lol I have played these games AND video games throughout my childhood (I was born a couple of years before the gameboy was released). Having a computer is no excuse for not playing outside in my opinion. XD Hell, I’d play Legend of Zelda, get bored, go outside, and pretend I was Link and played my own imaginative version of said game.

    Ryan

    September 19, 2011 at 2:44 pm

  41. We will forward this to our 12 year old….

    53degrees2011

    September 19, 2011 at 2:53 pm

  42. This made me feel nostalgic! I feel a bit like my generation missed out. Good post!

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    Kody

    September 19, 2011 at 2:56 pm

  43. I remember being outside playing until it got dark…swinging, running…just playing. Thank you bringing back the memories. Connie

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    conniewalden

    September 19, 2011 at 2:59 pm

  44. We used to play:

    Dodgeball – Who didn’t play this
    Elimination – similar to dodgeball but no teams and no line as to where you could go
    Kickball – same as baseball but with a dodgeball
    Pom pom Pull Away – I can’t remember the rules but I think we thought it was fun
    Pinball – Similar to dodgeball but you try to knock down each teams 3 or more bowling pins
    Flag Football

    TechChucker

    September 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm

  45. Funny stuff! Ahh, I remember the days

    Chelsea Insurance Agency

    September 19, 2011 at 3:28 pm

  46. loved Four Square!!

    -grace

    GraceLynneFleming

    September 19, 2011 at 3:30 pm

  47. I love Kick The Can. Played it every night after dinner with all the neighborhood kids; we could always be assured of a new can of baked beans or some other canned vegetable being available right after dinner. Thanks for jogging the ole memory…

    Phil

    September 19, 2011 at 3:33 pm

  48. lawyers are salivating at all the personal injury lawsuits they see IF you win and we get this world back..;)

    cubicspace

    September 19, 2011 at 3:54 pm

  49. Tether Ball!!!

    I played all those on the playground, but grew up on a farm and had (in addition to endless chores) animals, rocks, plants and things to keep me occupied.

    Very nice post…

    k8edid

    September 19, 2011 at 3:56 pm

  50. [...] What We Did For Fun Before The Computer (via The Biz of Pacelinebiz) September 19, 2011 // 0 When I grew up, the video game was not invented yet.  The home video game Pong did not come along until I was nearly in my teens.  Al Gore had not invented the internet either.  So, what did we do back then for fun?  Besides dodging dinosaurs we had a lot of fun games that were played outside with other human beings.  For those under thirty years old – outside is the place where that annoying sun glare on your computer screen comes from.  I tried … Read More [...]

  51. Four Square was my favourite. We played many variations, starting from the basic Pitter Patter to the more advanced and aggressive Black Magic. I don’t understand why they don’t play it now…

    jaime denis

    September 19, 2011 at 4:04 pm

  52. Hey, I’m only 25 and I played all of those! That could have something to do with the fact that my parents never allowed us to have video games or really watch TV. I don’t know if you play the game ‘Spotlight’ in the US, but that was one of the best. You had to play at night – one person was ‘it’ and had a torch, and had to guard a ‘home base’ while everyone else had to try to sneak up to the base without being spotted. Actually…I’ll admit that game is still fun on occasion…

    curiouscatontherun

    September 19, 2011 at 4:19 pm

  53. So true. There’s also basketball, biking, swimming, and a whole array of playground equipment, Not to mention apreciating nature.

    My Camera, My Friend

    September 19, 2011 at 4:23 pm

  54. I don’t believe you mentioned it, but what about RED A? Or hand ball?? Red A I remember we’d have a tennis ball and throw it against the wall and if someone caught it without it bouncing then you got a letter. You kept getting letters until you spelt red a and you were out. ALSO hand ball was awesome! You had to keep hitting it – on a one bounce basis – against a brick wall with your hand until you missed and you were out. It was more fun with more people b/c they you’d go in turns and if you missed your turn were out.

    AW school games.

    Dee

    September 19, 2011 at 4:24 pm

  55. I remember those games. They were always so much fun! And then I got a computer in fifth grade and haven’t played them since. :( I probably could again, but it’d be weird to at eighteen and in college. You’re right though, without a computer I used to be physically active. Good thing I have a fast metabolism and eat healthy.

    xbloodrushx

    September 19, 2011 at 4:25 pm

  56. I always hated monkey in the middle :( haha.

    elliebaba

    September 19, 2011 at 4:28 pm

  57. This list brings back so many memories!! I’ll have to get my kids outside to play some of these I had forgotten about. Hopefully they’ll enjoy them as much as we did growing up.

    imjstagrl

    September 19, 2011 at 4:36 pm

  58. This is a fantastic post! I even remember playing a lot of those games and I grew up in the technology generation. I remember playing hide n’ seek, tag, red rover (so many injuries haha), grounders, and so many more! We would even just hang out in someone’s yard and have races and other non-sensical games to take up the time.

    allenavw

    September 19, 2011 at 5:00 pm

  59. Oh come on. I played all of those games when I was a kid and I also had access to a computer and video games (I consider myself an early adopter of the latter, at age 3). In fact, as a kid I remember making up new playground games, sometimes basing the names and goals and themes on characters from video games and television, and mixing in my own imagination. You’re only kidding yourself if you think kids don’t still do that today. I know because, as a camp counselor, my campers absolutely love games like Weasel Tag, Night at the Museum (of course, they only know it because of the movie), Four Square, and Four Corners. To kids, games are just that much more exciting and enjoyable when the themes and goals are from familiar movies and video games. It hardly detracts from their desire to play them.

    So over thirty? I say out of touch.

    j2kun

    September 19, 2011 at 5:00 pm

  60. These games and chilhood seem so far away :-((

    schneckenberg

    September 19, 2011 at 5:04 pm

  61. Capture the Flag! Mmmm, cheese poofs. Sorry, I got distracted.

    squarerootofzero

    September 19, 2011 at 5:05 pm

  62. Monkey in the Middle. My favorite, by far… Used to run around until the nausea had overpowered me :)

    Daniel Sachs (@Daniel_Sachs)

    September 19, 2011 at 5:08 pm

  63. Perhaps the age of the computer and associated games can partly explain why so many younglings are over- weight. When I was young my brothers and I roamed the neighborhood and participated in some of these games you have outlined. My mom blew a whistle when it was time to come in for dinner:) Now days, parents are scared to let their kids out of sight and computer games are a good means to keep them close. Fortunately my son is in to baseball and soccer. I rarely play video games with him and we spend most of our free time together outside.

    Tincup

    September 19, 2011 at 5:08 pm

  64. You forgot grounders! Four square and grounders was my favorite. I hated monkey in the middle :P

    Day I Started Reading

    September 19, 2011 at 5:11 pm

  65. Oh the memories and wonderful imaginations we had “back” in the day! Enjoyed your post.

    April

    September 19, 2011 at 5:28 pm

  66. “Red Rover, Red Rover, send Jimmy on over…” The little kids would get creamed in that game. What about ‘Hopscotch’? (I never figured it out), and jacks? My brothers were avid Kick-the-Canners… King of the Mountain– only the strongest survived! Great post.

    jrliggettsblog

    September 19, 2011 at 5:44 pm

  67. Thanks for the memories. I no longer feel so guilty for my “I don’t care what you do, just go outside” comment I made last week !

    nonstepmom

    September 19, 2011 at 6:01 pm

  68. Love the post!! Those were definitely some awesome games!!

    myeventfullife

    September 19, 2011 at 6:02 pm

  69. How about Mother May I? :) Handball, Freeze Tag, Capture the Flag, Heads Up 7 Up! Oh I miss those days..

    sunnysideofhell

    September 19, 2011 at 6:05 pm

  70. Great to remember all those fun games! Thanks for the post…and congratulations on being “fresh pressed!”

  71. Computers have successfully wrecked child’s play.

    you forgot to mention, LEMONADE STAND – I guess every striving entrepreneur have played lemonade stand once too often when they were young ‘uns.

    traviscada

    September 19, 2011 at 6:09 pm

  72. I remember one…didn’t have a name that I remember…we’d stick our arms out to the side and spin until we got dizzy and fell down. The last kid standing won! Especially fun in the fall when their were lots of leaves on the ground.
    That makes me think of something else…not really a game, but… raking leaves. We’d rake the leaves into a big old pile…then jump in and mess it all up. Then we’d have to rake it up again…and of course we’d jump in again…it was a vicious cycle of play! :)

    nolamusickitchen

    September 19, 2011 at 6:17 pm

  73. Excellent post! :o Thank you for bringing back these memories… with my 2 toddlers driving me crazy when the cable TV doesn’t work, or we don’t have internet… it’s great to see that people remember what we used to do as kids!
    Greetings from Northeastern Brazil!

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    3rdcultchild

    September 19, 2011 at 6:19 pm

  74. LOVED 4-square! Ran each recess over to the painted lines to be FIRST.

    Red Rover and Crack the Whip eventually got banned at our school….something about broken arms not being useful for doing schoolwork…blah,blah,blah.

    We played a lot of Chinese jump rope (the elastic band went around two people’s knees and third participant had to different tricks/stunts with the middle elastic).

    Thanks for the memories…..:)

    latenightcoffee

    September 19, 2011 at 6:35 pm

  75. I loved 4-square (think we called it square ball).
    Also we pretended to be agents from “A Man from Uncle” and scoured the woods for enemies.
    Loved Capture the Flag.
    yes well before tv, Internet, video, Wii, etc.

    cyclingrandma

    September 19, 2011 at 7:00 pm

  76. Red Rover was a fav. Also Tetherball, lots & lots of tetherball

    Great post!

    taureanw

    September 19, 2011 at 7:05 pm

  77. I remember:

    DODGE BALL: line of red rubber playground balls in the center of an outdoor playground (or indoors in the gym if raining outside), whistle blows, run for balls and if you’re tagged by the ball you’re out. If you catch a ball that was thrown to tag you, the thrower is out.

    STICKY WITCH: Like tag but confined to a specific area (from one side of a yard, field or gym to the other). Usually 2-3 people were “it” depending upon the size of the group. When they tagged you, you became “sticky” and stuck to your spot and could reach out and tag others as they ran past you causing them to become sticky. Obviously became increasingly difficult to avoid the “it”s chasing you and the “sticky” ones reaching out for you.

    KILL THE MAN: Kind of self explainatory to the extent that a ball (usually a football) was thrown by one player and whomever caught the ball was “it” and all else playing proceeded to try to take them out. The person who caught it would try to get to the designated scoring area which could be the driveway (if playing in someone’s yard) or the end of the ball field, etc. Rarely played indoors because of the skin burns you’d get from a gym floor and because most adults didn’t look kindly on this particular game. But really it was a variation of king of the hill, just without the hill and with a football.

    ANNIE ANNIE OVER: Two groups, one standing on each side of a house. Using a ball (rubber, beach, or other inflated type) one team throws the ball (after calling out annie annie over), trying to get the ball to go completely over the roof. The other side’s team tried to catch the ball as it came over the roof. If they did, they would run around the house and try to tag the other team. One side didn’t know if the other caught it, so it was a sneak attack. If you didn’t get the ball over the house, you’d try again, but I remember there being a limit to the times you could try and fail before it was the other side’s turn. This was totally on the honor system and it really was played truthfully (a team didn’t claim to catch a ball they really didn’t). If you didn’t catch the ball when it came over, it merely meant it was your turn to try to throw the ball over the roof and evade tagging if the other side caught it.

    I’m sure there’s more, but this is what came back to me after reading your post.

    lifeat4speeds

    September 19, 2011 at 7:16 pm

  78. I was just having a conversation about this the other day! Sometimes we didn’t actually play games, we built forts, tree houses, drove 3-wheelers, rode our bikes or played in the hay loft. We had to be home before the street lights came on as our parents couldn’t call us on our cell phones but always knew where we were.

    I loved the days when we actually had to figure out something to do because we only got 3 channels and had zero technology.

    Thanks for a good post.

    followingfunny

    September 19, 2011 at 7:18 pm

  79. Great post! My mouth dropped open before I had started reading because I finally realized what game the picture of the four boxes was referring to. I also played four square during recess in 6th grade :) Good times!

    Katie (Blog from Bookstores)

    September 19, 2011 at 7:30 pm

  80. I loved Four Square! It was a game that worked even for someone like me who was fairly inept with anything involving catching a ball and distance, because of the small, um, playing field. Lots of good recess and camp memories.

    Carol Willis

    September 19, 2011 at 7:53 pm

  81. I remember Four square – it was my favorite. I liked it because we used to play with the four concrete slabs divided by wood in our driveway.

    singingsinglev4

    September 19, 2011 at 7:53 pm

  82. Absolutely LOVE! I can remember standing in line for almost all of recess to get 5 minutes in the square! And even though My best friend broke her arm in 7th grade playing rover its still an all time fav! Thanks for sharing!

    hearhearthisnow

    September 19, 2011 at 7:59 pm

  83. Well said, great post. We played Capture the Flag, too, endlessly.

    boomerontario

    September 19, 2011 at 8:10 pm

  84. I’m a teenager, but I’ve played everything but Pinch Punch and Kick the Can. I still love 4 square, and it’s my favorite camp activity.

    katyj94

    September 19, 2011 at 8:17 pm

  85. Awww, such memories! Jump rope! Bike riding! Dancing! Whatever it was, it was always outside. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. I need to introduce my 4 year old to some of those oldie but goodies. :)

    veggieberger1

    September 19, 2011 at 8:28 pm

  86. [...] When I grew up, the video game was not invented yet.  The home video game Pong did not come along until I was nearly in my teens.  Al Gore had not invented the internet either.  So, what did we do back then for fun?  Besides dodging dinosaurs we had a lot of fun games that were played outside with other human beings.  For those under thirty years old – outside is the place where that annoying sun glare on your computer screen comes from.  I tried … Read More [...]

  87. I was born in ’83, but I remember playing all these and so many more as a kid! Jump ropes were huge too and perfect for solo or with friends. We also played dodge ball, kick ball, basket ball, wiffle ball and bad mitten all the time in summer. My very best friend and I would run around outside for hours on end playing various make believe games that we were Power Rangers or the kids from Captain Planet, kicking all sorts of bad guy’s butts. lol And in Winter or when the weather was not suitable to be outdoors, we were dancing, playing dress-up or doing crafts more often than we were playing Nintendo or Super Nintendo. Oh, great times… =)

    Cherry Willow

    September 19, 2011 at 8:44 pm

  88. My guess is you’re a “little foggy” about Red Rover because you sustained a head injury playing that game. I seem to remember a great number of separated shoulders, bruised and broken collarbones and concussion sustained around my playground when I was a kid. Of course, that never stopped us from playing it as often as possible.

    My favorite was “British Bulldogs”. It was a nasty bit of full contact tag. Awesome!

    Thanks for the memory jog.

    darthbergen

    September 19, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    • I remember British Bulldog being pretty similar to how Red Rooster is described here: two groups of kids facing each other with ‘bulldogs’ in the middle – you had to get from one group to the other without being caught by the bulldogs when you were called, or you could make a break for it on your own… as I recall anyway…. yes, full contact, but not really tag! I hurt myself many times playing that game in primary school – was good fun though.

      Ells

      September 20, 2011 at 8:00 am

  89. We played “Baby in the Air” in the street, which the “baby” was an eraser (couldn’t use anything that would bounce because we were in the middle of a city). We played for hours. We also took “penny walks” through the neighborhood. At each corner, toss a penny-heads go right, tails left. On and on. We played outside and the world was ours.

    lifeintheboomerlane

    September 19, 2011 at 9:33 pm

  90. let us not forget “Jacks”……

    charlywalker

    September 19, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    • Jacks! I never played myself but I recall becoming mesmerized watching someone else play it. Her hands were very nimble.

      sittingpugs

      September 20, 2011 at 7:10 am

  91. That final statement is very true. The lack of outdoor activity and the abundance of indoor activity greatly attributes toward our declining health as a country (especially in our youth.)

    jaredjohnsmith

    September 19, 2011 at 9:46 pm

  92. I live in the same neighborhood I grew up and my house backs up to the park, the very one my friends and I would go and play and walk back in the woods to the stream and skip rocks. We played baseball, basketball, football, and soccer; hopscotch and jump rope and my favorite dodgeball. Now the park doesn’t even get used. It’s such a shame.

    dailyshorts

    September 19, 2011 at 9:46 pm

  93. I remember these! It feels like just yesterday.

    themovieblog8

    September 19, 2011 at 9:51 pm

  94. i’m so not gonna buy my kids any games console or computers until they are 13… I don’t think it will works though…

    Phelios Cyros

    September 19, 2011 at 9:56 pm

  95. Believe it or not, people still play Red Rover, I know. :D

    Marcus Asoni

    September 19, 2011 at 9:58 pm

  96. Red Rover was a mainstay of my elementary school years, as was a game called “pom, pom, pull away.” One person was it and stood in the middle of a field. All other players were in a line. The “it” person would yell “pom, pom, pull away” and all the kids would attempt to run across the field without being tagged. However the “it” person grabbed was also it, so now may 3 or 4 kids were in the middle–the cry would be yelled again and again the crowd tried to cross. With each crossing, more would be “it” and fewer would be running. The goal, of course, was to be the last one caught. The first one caught would be it when the next rout started. Also, for smaller groups, say 3 or 4, there was “red light, green light.” A person would stand 20 yards away from the others and yell “green light.” Then, a few seconds later “red light” and turn around. The rule was you could not run, but had to walk–and the winner was the one who would reach the “caller” first. It was a game that favored the long legged! And it was great for the endless arguments over whether a player had run or walked. If the person turning around after shouting “red light” caught you in motion, you had to go back to start, too. Endless hours of fun and debate!

    crgardenjoe

    September 19, 2011 at 10:00 pm

  97. Great Post! I remember when I played this. Hide and Seek in the dark was the best when you can just go home and ditch the seeker. Hahaha.

    mDomingo

    September 19, 2011 at 10:11 pm

  98. I’m familiar with 3 things in this list. But point taken, we do so many ‘fun’ and ‘cheap’ things that were innocent and better for your body and brain instead of just sitting in front of a computer… oh, wait…what I’m doing now!

    Red Toenails

    September 19, 2011 at 10:14 pm

  99. Thanks for the memories, as I read through the list I was smiling and nodding my head and fuzzy memories of grade school became more clear. That seems forever ago at 49. I was a marbles champion.

    jatimlex

    September 19, 2011 at 10:18 pm

  100. As I am only in my 20s, I did grow up with video games and I STILL remember all of these activities. They’re what made childhood fun. :) I look at kids today and pity them because they’re missing out on so much of life.

    thegrammaniac

    September 19, 2011 at 10:24 pm

  101. My sister and I were big fans of monkey in the middle . . . with our dog. He got a lot of exercise. Jump rope, kickball, and tag were also fun games we liked to play. We had a computer, but my mom was really good at making sure we had balance between going outside and playing with the little box that lights up. :-)

    Great post! Congrats on being freshly pressed!

    C.B. Wentworth

    September 19, 2011 at 10:27 pm

  102. Great post :) by the way, I don’t believe Al Gore invented the Internet: Tim Berners-Lee of CERN did. Just putting it out there.

    Petillante Miss M.

    September 19, 2011 at 10:56 pm

  103. Great post! It shows how “inactive” we’ve become in this society w constant advances in technology!

    joylaurene

    September 19, 2011 at 10:58 pm

  104. I had a forest next door, so I was in the trees half the time. Congrats on being FP and thanks for the trip down memory lane.

    georgefloreswrite

    September 19, 2011 at 11:17 pm

  105. I broke my ring finger playing Red Rover, but we did hold the kid back…..bittersweet…

    iliketocookthings

    September 19, 2011 at 11:19 pm

  106. Ahhhh, the good ole days. My mother kept children in our home. During the summer, when us “older” kids were home, she would place a picture of Kool-Aid and a tray of snacks on our patio, lock the door, and send us out in the middle of the afternoon Texas heat to play. She did this so the younger children could nap, and she could watch her soaps. It’s a miracle we survived. :-)

    Mama Bread Baker

    September 19, 2011 at 11:20 pm

  107. I used to play “roof jacks” on beach vacations.

    I miss kick the can, my favorite, and I miss Four Square simply being a game, instead of another “hey, come stalk/rob/pay attention to me!” social media platform.

    mountingandcounting

    September 19, 2011 at 11:23 pm

  108. Great post! I was ALWAYS outside as a kid. We usually played “horror movie”. One of us would be the serial killed and we’d chased each other around with a fake retractable knife. That game was put to a screeching halt when my friend’s two-year-old brother grabbed an actual knife and ran around the house with it.

    scifishiz

    September 19, 2011 at 11:30 pm

  109. when I tell my kids/grandkids that our favoutrite games were on bomb sites, they go mad. BUt think of all those bricks, bits of iron and anything else that we could put to-gether to make anything we fancied. We used to have fun all day everyday, bomb sites in London aaaaahhhhhh memories. Dangerous, yes maybe, but we never came to any harm.

    latchmereroad

    September 19, 2011 at 11:41 pm

  110. I love jump rope, dodgeball and four square to name a few! But, as I remember, monkey in the middle was just an excuse for the bully to take your stuff from you and laugh about how small you were while he threw it to his friends.

    kalee11

    September 19, 2011 at 11:50 pm

  111. ‘Hide & Seek’ and ‘Monkey in the Middle’ seem quite familiar! I am not so hopelessly lost after all. :)

    PS: I’m 22.

    Fred

    September 19, 2011 at 11:58 pm

  112. Okay…now I am going to cry :(. Memories…

    Cheryl McNulty

    September 20, 2011 at 12:18 am

  113. thanks for the memories, nice post.

    yooch

    September 20, 2011 at 12:19 am

  114. I’m only a teenager, but even I miss those games. It’s sad and sort of pathetic that my littlest sister doesn’t know what more than half of these are, much less having played them.

    graceflanagan

    September 20, 2011 at 12:48 am

  115. Truly, generation like ours and prior ones… as kids we spent our free time doing stuffs which were really fun and productive. I hate to see children burn their mind out in front of Television box and X-box.

    Naved

    September 20, 2011 at 1:04 am

  116. I really like this post, it brought back wonderful memories. I have four kids, two boys ages 7 and 13 and two girls ages 13 and 16. The boys are pretty good about getting outside to play. We live in a neighborhood with lots of kids. Yesterday, I did not see my boys all day except when the little one came in crying and asking for ice for a battle wound he received after playing army. 5 minutes later he was back at the game. The girls don’t really play at anything, they never have. I miss the games you posted about. I also liked to play Statutes, and freeze tag. Seems my boys don’t really play those games since the don’t involve chasing other kids with Nerf guns.

    lifewellblended

    September 20, 2011 at 1:06 am

  117. I wish things were still like that! The other day I asked my stepson if he wanted to play catch and he said, “why, I’ve got Madden 2011 and a baseball game for PS3!”

    kmm7309

    September 20, 2011 at 1:13 am

  118. It made me feel good and nostalgic, when all of us-the kids-would wait for the clock to strike 5 pm and go out to play several games, depending upon the mood that day. It was all very fulfilling and fun too. Thanks for posting this wonderful post…

    Rashmi...

    September 20, 2011 at 1:27 am

  119. Aw c’mon, we teenagers aren’t thaaaat computer obsessed ;) I mean, just a couple of years ago, Red Rover, Four Square, I Spy, Shadow Tag were all playgroung games that I absolutely adored. And the personal computer was definitely around.

    Awesome post, I loved it.
    :)

    uponatlas.

    uponatlas

    September 20, 2011 at 1:53 am

  120. hmmm that was a time travel ride.. thanks for taking me back there.

    I played dodge ball, had a near miss wound near to my right eye.

    I loved playing four square but i never knew its actual name, we called it kings!! This game is one of the long forgotten games and i think no one plays it anymore at least near the place where i live.

    mayur hulsar

    September 20, 2011 at 1:54 am

  121. I remember playing with my brother’s Matchbox cars for hours in the dirt making roads and such; jump rope, roller skating, 7-up, pickle, marbles, just running through the sprinkler. And when I didn’t have someone to play catch with, I’d through a tennis ball against the base of the porch steps and, if the double-ricochette (sp?) was just right, I’d have a high fly to catch.
    Great post and congratulations on FP.

    JSD

    September 20, 2011 at 2:16 am

  122. I used to play foursquare all the time – I loved that game and would queue all break time to play. Everyone liked it so much that they would wait for a whole lunch break in line just to get a go! What did you call the squares – I knew them as toilet, Jack, Queen and King?

    lizzybradbury

    September 20, 2011 at 2:33 am

  123. Hopscotch is what I remember best.

    Also, there is this thing called “reading” that people used to do with “books.” What ever happened to that?

    writer

    September 20, 2011 at 2:43 am

  124. i’m from Malaysia and i am also fond of playing monkey in the middle :)

    pemadampencil

    September 20, 2011 at 2:53 am

  125. I love technology so much but I sometimes wonder how simple and easy could life have been if it was never invented. Physical games are still so much better than computer games and I could only wish that they won’t be forgotten. When I go back to my childhood, the first things I remember is when I scraped my knee or hit someone accidentally, finishing Crash Bandicoot in my Playstation just comes second :)

    Cathy

    September 20, 2011 at 3:04 am

  126. Thanks for this post. Brought back loads of memories. We played handball and Tip and loads of physical games. Wasn’t sitting around on a desk playing computer games. We actually got fresh air. It was heaps of fun. I really think that kids these days should get out more!

    Snow

    September 20, 2011 at 3:41 am

  127. Nice to remember those golden days… Hope we teach all these to our future generations as well…

    Madhuri

    September 20, 2011 at 3:58 am

  128. Four square was the best playground game. I only wish I still knew the rules. How much fun would it be to get a group of adults together for the ultimate playground tournament? Hmm, I might just be onto something here!

    Great post, and congrats on freshly pressed!!

    Amy M

    September 20, 2011 at 3:59 am

  129. “For those under thirty years old – outside is the place where that annoying sun glare on your computer screen comes from.” – that made me laugh aloud! Well written, I can tell why this is on Freshly Pressed. :)
    Although a member of the ‘Screen Generation’ myself, and although I think the internet is a marvalous thing, I kind of wish I was jumping about in a tree and playing with skipping ropes…

    tegantallullah

    September 20, 2011 at 4:00 am

  130. Anybody remember Bill Cosby’s description of “Buck Buck”?

    rakkav

    September 20, 2011 at 4:17 am

  131. that was great, our childhood, miss that so much….

    Ian Bood

    September 20, 2011 at 5:00 am

  132. I’m 19 and I still think, what did I do before the internet?!
    I do remember red rover, I think it was banned at my primary school along with bulldog, bulldog resulted in me aquiring a big scar on my leg from falling over.

    petemdavis

    September 20, 2011 at 5:20 am

  133. My recesses were spent on the tether-ball court. I was a fat, uncoordinated kid with glasses, but by golly, I could pound a ball. I did love four-square, as well. And I had forgotten all about TV tag. Great memories!

    becomingcliche

    September 20, 2011 at 5:57 am

  134. i remember playing hide and seek back then..
    but now i play angry birds :p
    and oh! i just wanna add the board game monopoly..
    i remember that is one of my favorite when i was a child.. :)

    aerah08

    September 20, 2011 at 6:03 am

  135. The mothers used to search us out to return home for supper. We had kickball tournaments that went until after dark, courtesy of a street light near the field and the lights from neighboring houses. We’d see our mothers walking up the sidewalk and we’d beg,”There’s just one more inning and we’re ahead, pleeeeease.” We were so lucky, happy, and innocent.

    elroyjones

    September 20, 2011 at 6:04 am

  136. This makes me want to go out and play! But it is raining and someone might talk to me on facebook… any minute…

    dinosaursvsunicorns

    September 20, 2011 at 6:07 am

  137. jumping rope, ball games, hide and seek, dolls.. paper dolls and a lot of street games :P

    erlkeylala

    September 20, 2011 at 6:20 am

  138. I think we’re losing a creativity that propelled us forward up until the advent of the computer. But I also believe the computer when coupled with say, medicine has pushed us far ahead of the game. It’s a double sided coin.

    truthspew

    September 20, 2011 at 6:31 am

  139. Comment from a teenager here:

    You’ll probably be pleased to hear that the last time I played four square was just a couple of weeks back! It is a great game, totally enjoyable.

    Although a lot of those games, alas, I have never heard of….

    Mike

    September 20, 2011 at 6:33 am

  140. Great blog entry!! My childhood sucked so I never played any of these games, but the ‘what we did before computers’ is a great idea for writing.
    Computers and consoles and more to the point mobile phones are putting people into their own ‘little boxes’ and taking people away from creating their own worlds and being social (which I know sounds wierd seeing as sites like Facebook, Bebo, and mobile phones are always about 2cm away from anyone) But its true.
    How often do people come around to visit your houses anymore? Or do they just send a text

    FromPage2screen

    September 20, 2011 at 6:34 am

  141. I wish we could do all these again as easily as back then…

    The ear trainer

    September 20, 2011 at 7:13 am

  142. I remember most of these games. My school had a limited amount of four squares and balls so we had to play quick games to see who would win a ball to play, and if you lost you had to hope that you would be picked to play by one of the winners.
    Oh how I miss you recess. Sometimes I wish adults would just spontaneously start playing some of these old games.

    Jeremy (A Boy with Shoes)

    September 20, 2011 at 7:42 am

  143. what about sardines = the variation of hide-and-seek?

    aparnanairphotography

    September 20, 2011 at 8:15 am

    • We played sardines as adolescents, which was fun because the boys played too. It was all very innocent and afterward the girls would have the age old conversation, “I like him, do you think he likes me?”

      elroyjones

      September 21, 2011 at 8:00 am

  144. don’t forget about blindman’s bluff, ghost in the graveyard, and sardines!!! Ahh, such amazing childhood memories. Great post :D

    elisajoy

    September 20, 2011 at 8:22 am

  145. I miss the good old days! We played some of the games you mentioned. Some others to add on your list: kickball, dodgeball, charades…not to mention simply going to the park and playing on the swings, slide, monkey bars, etc – and practicing cartwheels and handstands outside.

    I grew up (and still live) in the Philippines so we also had our own local games: tumbang preso, piko, sipa, patintero, etc. I remember back in the early 90s during the Gulf War, we suffered from power outages for a few hours every night – all of us kids in the neighborhood looked forward to the blackout period because that meant all of us could go out and play games on the streets as our parents chaperoned from the sidewalk and gossiped among themselves. Good times.

    jennifernon

    September 20, 2011 at 8:33 am

  146. We also played a game called top 10… where we had to bounce a tennis ball (without dropping it…) whilst performing “tricks”….like clapping hands etc…. lol…sounds archaic now, but it was the 70s… much simpler time…lol.

    I Made You A Mixtape

    September 20, 2011 at 8:38 am

  147. The children that played these games grew up with such creative minds that they invented the PC, Smartphone, convienience meals and the cotton wool we wrap our children in these day!

    Missjlouise

    September 20, 2011 at 9:03 am

  148. ah fun to reminisce. i used to play a game called sardines, where one person started as “it,” then whoever they tagged next became “it” with them until there was only one person left that everyone was chasing…played this until my brother tripped and cracked his head open on our sofa (?) and then it was ruined for me. memories.

    hangryhippo

    September 20, 2011 at 9:27 am

  149. Mother, May I… leave a comment on this post?

    No, but you may twirl forward three times!

    Lindsay

    September 20, 2011 at 9:39 am

  150. Thanks for taking me back to my childhood. I enjoyed your list very much. :-)

    angelasoelzerragosa

    September 20, 2011 at 9:47 am

  151. Yea, kids these days spend too much time on video games, especially ones over their age suggestion. I remember what “Recess” was and it didn’t involve gossiping at a table with your friends smart phones and handheld systems. “Recess” involved actually going outside during lunch time, mostly Four Square and Dodgeball, with the occasional Tug of War Rope sessions. i remember how I would ned up having P.E. right after Recess, so I was usually slightly tired but ready work my butt off. I wish kids these days would do something more active, and in that sense I’m really glad Kinect and the Wii help kids stay active. I can’t vouch Sonys Playstation Move, but I feel that at least Kinect and the Wii are trying to bring back that physical aspect. I personally have both a 360 and find that both have plenty of excercise related games on them, which really help when you want that extra dose of outdoor feeling fun, when you can’t get out and do those kinds of things. For the record I was born in 82, and do play alot of video games, but also take very good care of my body. I really wish parents would teach their kids the same, maybe buy them something like Exerbeat or EA Sports Active 2 for the Wii, or heck even Kinect sports Season 2 for the 360, since it would keep them active..I know kids aren’t going to be able to change back to what they were like, so the best thing to do is take the modern tools we have and teach our kids to use them.

    Lord Behrs

    September 20, 2011 at 9:52 am

  152. [...] A fun look back… Enjoy & thank you to the author The Biz of Pacelinebiz. Great post! When I grew up, the video game was not invented yet.  The home video game Pong did not come along until I was nearly in my teens.  Al Gore had not invented the internet either.  So, what did we do back then for fun?  Besides dodging dinosaurs we had a lot of fun games that were played outside with other human beings.  For those under thirty years old – outside is the place where that annoying sun glare on your computer screen comes from.  I tried … Read More [...]

  153. haha definitely. the good old games.

    dudewheresmyt

    September 20, 2011 at 9:53 am

  154. I’m afraid my comment doesn’t really count – I’m pretty sure we had computers with mega-massive floppy disks from when I was a little one at school.
    BUT in the playground, “pat ball” was a popular one – similar to your Four Square. British bull dog was great, but impossible to avoid broken bones…it was eventually banned at my school ha! Lots of 40-40, like Kick the can. Oh, and Capture The Flag! Good times! You had to get into the other team’s territory and steal their flag//treasure from their safe area and bring it back to your treasure safe, without being caught and sent to jail! Oh the “good old days” when things weren’t all about binary codes and technology. At least the super smart kids with abnormally fast brains have something to play with these days hehe.

    youarenotlostyouarehere

    September 20, 2011 at 10:06 am

  155. [...] When I grew up, the video game was not invented yet.  The home video game Pong did not come along until I was nearly in my teens.  Al Gore had not invented the internet either.  So, what did we do back then for fun?  Besides dodging dinosaurs we had a lot of fun games that were played outside with other human beings.  For those under thirty years old – outside is the place where that annoying sun glare on your computer screen comes from.  I tried … Read More [...]

  156. [...] When I grew up, the video game was not invented yet.  The home video game Pong did not come along until I was nearly in my teens.  Al Gore had not invented the internet either.  So, what did we do back then for fun?  Besides dodging dinosaurs we had a lot of fun games that were played outside with other human beings.  For those under thirty years old – outside is the place where that annoying sun glare on your computer screen comes from.  I tried … Read More [...]

  157. [...] When I grew up, the video game was not invented yet.  The home video game Pong did not come along until I was nearly in my teens.  Al Gore had not invented the internet either.  So, what did we do back then for fun?  Besides dodging dinosaurs we had a lot of fun games that were played outside with other human beings.  For those under thirty years old – outside is the place where that annoying sun glare on your computer screen comes from.  I tried … Read More [...]

  158. I remember most of these games so clearly…what happened to childhood in America these days. I used to love playing outside with sun and fresh air. As long as we were in before the street lights came on all was well in the house. :) My grandmother just bought my daughters a pick-u-sticks game…very old school but they love it. Thanks for digging up my memories.

    my0wneyes

    September 20, 2011 at 10:21 am

  159. Great memories! I actually happen to be in the “under 30″ crowd, but I grew up on these games, too. My parents had strict rules about tv and computer time, so we were forced to be somewhat inventive in our modes of entertainment. Obviously we didn’t always get it at the time, but we definitely appreciate it now. And there was also jumping rope…

    singlecatholic

    September 20, 2011 at 10:26 am

  160. I’d totally forgotten half those things, awesome! Nothing like knowing there are reasons they have sayings like, “hey, you could take an eye out doing that” – outside is amazing and there are far too many children with stunted imaginations and unnatural fixations with tv, computers, cellphones and gaming consoles. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there’s a time and place for a DVD or the occasional game, especially if it’s scrabble (or X-box)… It’s all about balance. But tv tag sure was a blast! We called it ‘Piggy in the Middle’ and then of course there was ‘Stuck in the Mud’, where a tagged person was frozen on the spot, but a team mate could save them by crawling through/betweem their legs, obviously the last person caught was the next ‘tagger’ :) Aaah, fun times!

    The Crazy Lady

    September 20, 2011 at 10:32 am

  161. I’d totally forgotten half those things, awesome! Nothing like knowing there are reasons they have sayings like, “hey, you could take an eye out doing that” – outside is amazing and there are far too many children with stunted imaginations and unnatural fixations with tv, computers, cellphones and gaming consoles. I mean, don’t get me wrong, there’s a time and place for a DVD or the occasional game, especially if it’s scrabble (or X-box)… It’s all about balance. But tv tag sure was a blast! We called it ‘Piggy in the Middle’ and then of course there was ‘Stuck in the Mud’, where a tagged person was frozen on the spot, but a team mate could save them by crawling through/between their legs, obviously the last person caught was the next ‘tagger’ :) Aaah, fun times!

    The Crazy Lady

    September 20, 2011 at 10:32 am

  162. Ahh, very good list. I miss doing all of those. Even something as simple as going to the arcade! I went to the arcade the other day and they had like 4 games in there…..ahh the times are changin.

    Thanks for posting!

    Romantic Asian Guy

    September 20, 2011 at 10:38 am

  163. even as a ’94 I still remember those days… ah it was wonderful! I miss it so much =(

    thezomgkitty

    September 20, 2011 at 10:57 am

  164. YES! I LOVED Red Rover!!! Don’t forget Truth or Dare, pig/horse whatever you want to call it, ghost in the graveyard, bloody murder, witch hunt all those good ones to play “so late at night” aka 10pm if you were lucky enough to no be sent to bed by your parents! haha

    Liv

    September 20, 2011 at 11:06 am

  165. freeze tag (~_~) great post

    Art~

    zendictive

    September 20, 2011 at 11:14 am

  166. [...] found this post when I browse through the not-so-old Freshly Pressed this afternoon, and I’m thinking of [...]

  167. At recess, we used to run to the P.E. teacher’s office to get the ball to play Four Square. It was in high demand. EVERYone wanted to play.
    Red Rover was rather pointless, wasn’t it? Hahaha.
    Monkey in the Middle = Piggy in the Middle

    lovelylici1986

    September 20, 2011 at 11:38 am

  168. I was reminiscing with an old friend the other day. How we laughed at the scars we have, some from hitting each other with bamboo canes and some from falling whilst climbing. Children are far too protected from risk these days!

    lordegburtnobacon

    September 20, 2011 at 11:40 am

  169. I like to play chess.

    exterhardd

    September 20, 2011 at 11:44 am

  170. I was born in 1990, but I remember all of those games and more. Hop Scotch, Jump Rope, Manhunt, Jacks, Tether Ball, Street Hockey…I wish my younger siblings would want to play any of those games, but they have their big screen TV in the living room. Who needs to go outside when you have that, right?

    Queen of Rants

    September 20, 2011 at 12:01 pm

  171. Wow..well..Fortunately or unfortunately, I aint the part of that generation, but they really sound great games.

    The only games I played are TV Tag, Hide and Seek[of course] and Monkey in the middle.But my younger cousins don’t even play those games!
    Congratulations on getting Freshly Pressed! :)

    Hafsa K

    September 20, 2011 at 12:46 pm

  172. [...] At least until I got my first computer, then well… When I grew up, the video game was not invented yet.  The home video game Pong did not come along until I was nearly in my teens.  Al Gore had not invented the internet either.  So, what did we do back then for fun?  Besides dodging dinosaurs we had a lot of fun games that were played outside with other human beings.  For those under thirty years old – outside is the place where that annoying sun glare on your computer screen comes from.  I tried … Read More [...]

  173. remember pogo sticks and jump it’s? Talk about exercise….jumping up and down on a stick with a spring on it….amazing cardio!

    Rosey

    September 20, 2011 at 5:47 pm

  174. I remember chasing fireflies at dusk, playing kickball, playing badminton with my sisters (I only found out later they were purposely hitting it where I could get to it), jumping rope — double dutch! Hopscotch on the sidewalk. Even when we were doing nothing we were outside. Laying on the ground finding animals in the shapes of the clouds. Is the toothpaste out of the tube? Can we go back? Maybe our children will realize the mistakes we made and turn this around.

    Jean

    September 20, 2011 at 8:33 pm

  175. Nice post yes those days were fun but what about skully?

    KiNgDeeM

    September 21, 2011 at 2:56 am

  176. Ha! We played kick the can, but called it “Sardines in a can.” One neighborhood parent’s van was our sardine can to come home to… those were the days.

    -Jacob Ryan Paul

    jacoboheme

    September 21, 2011 at 11:42 am

  177. My memories before Nintendo were all about playing Atari. But before my family got a computer my main activity was playing X-Men outside with my friends. I was always Night Crawler. Imagination is the greatest toy of all time.

    JamieCurtisBaker

    September 22, 2011 at 9:00 am

  178. Good post there! This is kinda funny. I’ve recently been wondering how it’s possible that kids no longer read – they busy themselves with mobile games or other stuff that totally disallows knowledge acquisition.

    Rustic Recluse

    September 22, 2011 at 10:33 am

  179. Memories… Before we had a computer at home when I was a kid in 1980s. But now the technology has took over our lives… I am against technology take over human lives, because I believe that it can cut us from contact with other human beings. Image… Me sitting in the front of the computer all day, never have a human contact for all of my life! I don’t want that to happen…

    Deafia

    September 22, 2011 at 12:25 pm

  180. i remember some of those games as well. thanks alot for the sweet memories.

    dbrowne

    September 23, 2011 at 2:56 am

  181. Believe it or not but I’ve actually played half of those games and I don’t remember using the internet til I was in Junior High.

    realanonymousgirl2011

    September 23, 2011 at 5:25 pm

  182. Brings back so many memories :)

    Amardeep Juneja

    September 26, 2011 at 10:48 am

  183. More power to you!

    pataymali

    September 26, 2011 at 11:41 pm

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  185. Wonderful post! So true. We wonder why obesity is becoming a problem among our children and yet they are given video games and computers, and non stop television.

    April

    September 27, 2011 at 12:55 pm


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