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Alfred

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are childrens games played anymore.
« on: Aug 06, 2022, 01:02:21 PM »
It is said that inside every adult is a young child , that is as children  we remember the times of skipping, swinging on a rope tied around a lamppost m playing in the street   hide and seek and so on,.


of course in to days modern world very few children play in the park, roller skate  playing football ,  riding a bike  and playing tennis ball games , are rarely are seen as many play in their own gardens, or in their bedrooms, playing computer games,


in the past playing in the park with other children gave mums and dads a rest, as the children came home tired, exhausted, but happy in having burnt off excess energy, as they were hungry and eagerly awaited what  mum dished up for tea ,




Q; do you remember those days and if so have you a story to tell ,and to share it with us,

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Re: are childrens games played anymore.
« Reply #1 on: Aug 06, 2022, 02:16:00 PM »
Yes, very much so. One of our favourite games was on roller skates, and hanging onto the saddle of my sisters bike, being pulled along Hay Street in Perth at a hell of a rate, up the middle of the road and not a car in sight. ;D Had to be carefull though to keep the bike at full arms length or you could crash.
Also loved a rope swing that someones dad had tied up in a tree that was on a hillside and you swung out over a big pond. A few of us got wet using that. All good fun, untill mum saw the state of our clothes when we got in.

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« Reply #2 on: Aug 06, 2022, 02:29:12 PM »
One of our local parks is a lovely place which was the landscaped grounds of a mansion house which has maintained everything it had then.  They plant new trees for each one that is cut down and use the old wood to carve large animals that kids can play or sit on.  The new stuff is scattered gymnastic equipment and adventure type things, plus a skateboarding park.  It caters well for children, teenagers and adults and is well used every day. We are lucky to have 3 parks fairly close to each other, one is enormous and that is well used also.


But I do agree about children's games which were mainly street games and each street had it's own rules for the games.  Communal skipping, with a rope big enough for 10 people to skip at the same time.  They came in seasonal crazes, everyone had tops and whips, everyone had bubbles of some poisonous mixture, jars to collect caterpillars off the privet hedges, bringing home tiddlers from the park lake, the list goes on.


I have always thought that these games were necessary for kids to learn how to get the measure of others and find a way of dealing with them. Bullies, troublemakers, tell tales, sneaks, were all encountered at some time and if not extreme were challenged by another kid.  Parents were just not involved in the small stuff.  At age 11, they all scattered to different schools, most being fairly well prepared for the art of socializing and making new best friends.
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« Reply #3 on: Aug 06, 2022, 05:19:25 PM »
Playing marbles along street gutters.
Hanging on the back of horse drawn coal carts.
Making wooden scooters with ball bearings as wheels...
...what a row they made going over the joints in pavement slabs !
Making smoke bombs with nitrate 35mm film.
Whips and tops.
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Re: are childrens games played anymore.
« Reply #4 on: Aug 06, 2022, 10:15:58 PM »
For us it was home made carts we used to sit on and race each other. Fishing for tadpoles in the park pond, conkers when the season started and bike rides to explore new places. Today's kids don't know what they're missing.

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« Reply #5 on: Aug 23, 2022, 04:27:58 PM »
and inter estate kick can contests with a game of postman's knock for the winner(s)  mmmm    (only girl posties allowed mind yer)

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« Reply #6 on: Aug 23, 2022, 05:02:25 PM »
Traffic and stranger danger have impacted on children’s freedom to play outdoors and unsupervised.  Thank goodness for parks and swimming baths!
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« Reply #7 on: Sep 14, 2022, 10:33:09 PM »
In primary school we used to play all sorts of things they came in crazes .
Sometimes it was two balls against a wall , or handstands or five stones or jacks .
In winter we made very dangerous slides on the playground .
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« Reply #8 on: Sep 15, 2022, 10:21:14 AM »
Yes, I used to do all those things, skipping, rope around the tree, made my own cart, knock down ginger, head stand and I was always playing rounders.   Today the kids are not interested all they want to do is, stroke their phones or on the computer.


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« Reply #9 on: Oct 24, 2022, 08:51:34 PM »
In primary school we used to play all sorts of things they came in crazes .
Sometimes it was two balls against a wall , or handstands or five stones or jacks .
In winter we made very dangerous slides on the playground .


when my daughter was at primary school she told me that she and others had been handstanding against the walls at playtime, at which I advised her against it as the boys would be looking at her knickers to which she announced......


 "well they didn't see mine..I took 'em off and put 'em in my pocket"

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« Reply #10 on: Oct 24, 2022, 09:02:54 PM »

when my daughter was at primary school she told me that she and others had been handstanding against the walls at playtime, at which I advised her against it as the boys would be looking at her knickers to which she announced......


 "well they didn't see mine..cos I took 'em off and put 'em in my pocket"

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« Reply #11 on: Oct 31, 2022, 12:17:39 AM »
Yes, I used to do all those things, skipping, rope around the tree, made my own cart, knock down ginger, head stand and I was always playing rounders.   Today the kids are not interested all they want to do is, stroke their phones or on the computer.


Well oldies used to grow veggies play boules and sit on park benches ogling the girls ( some still do ) others like us play on our phones and tablets.
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