If you don't tweet with Paul who owns When I was a Kid the online traditional toy shop, then you really need to - he is a lovely guy and always up for a bit of banter on twitter. This week we have been talking about old fashioned wigwams (my boys are desperate for one and I refuse to spend that much money on a whim) and he was trying to tell me to make them one (have you seen my sewing skills?!) we are VERY good at putting a sheet over the line but the boys are wanting something a bit more "secret den" than that. If anyone wants to make me one, then please do get in touch!
Anyway, I digress, we got talking about the games we used to play as kids and I couldn't believe that neither Paul or his wife knew how to play 40/40......A classic game if ever there was one! So it got me wondering, are these games regional? What did you play as a child?
|Super Amazing Toddler with my Super Amazing Brother my partner in crime (grime)|
Here are a selection of the games we used to play:
2) Drain Marbles
I actually think this is very regional (London) as nobody ever knows what I am talking about when I tell them about this. You basically find a drain on the floor (rectangular one) that has a smaller rectangle in the middle which becomes HOME. The aim of the game is to get your marble into the middle rectangle. If you do, then you can take your opponents go and if you get their marble into the rectangle then you win.
3) Red Rover
"Red Rover, Red Rover, we want Pixie over"
What happened to this?! I expect it went out of fashion when "'elf and safety" got their grubby mitts on it (along with tree climbing and British Bulldog which incidentally we still play at Rugby) but it is a great, energetic and fun game! You basically spilt into 2 teams (works best in neighbourhoods) of about 8-10 per side. You stand about 50 yards apart opposite each other and all hold hands. You then say "red rover, red rover we want X over" and that person has to then break through the chain that the other team, if they break through they return to their team, if they don't then they join that team. The winner is the last person left standing!!