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Carole R.
Higher and Higher


United Kingdom
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Posted - 11/08/2007 :  10:54:04  Show Profile Send Carole R. a Private Message
What is extremely noticeable these days is that you don't see many children actually playing outside during the school holidays.

Have children lost the ability to play?

Are they more interested in sitting at their new fangled play stations, shooting robots etc?

Are they becoming unable to relate to other children?

I'm wondering what you enjoyed doing during the long hols when you were young.

...and which kids games do you remember playing?

Carole xxx

treking
Wasn't Born To Follow



United Kingdom
5727 Posts

Posted - 11/08/2007 :  11:13:50  Show Profile Send treking a Private Message
I seemed to spend most of the summer school holidays outside when I was a kid.
We had fields and countryside near and I used to go on my bike with other children and play--I always felt safe, so different from today.
We used to play in each other's gardens too as there were quite alot of children in the street--mainly boys! There was 3 girls including me and about 9 boys!

I also used to go around to friends houses from school on my bike who lived further away or they came over to my house.

Games we played included
Skipping
Rounders
Whip and top
Hopscotch
Cowboys and Indians!
Hide and seek
Cat and mouse
Tennis at the local courts
Roller skating

Sometimes we just chatted or read books.

Trek

We are here for Dusty.
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Carole R.
Higher and Higher



United Kingdom
13792 Posts

Posted - 11/08/2007 :  12:10:59  Show Profile Send Carole R. a Private Message
I remember having little table -top sales of the toys and books we'd grown out of.

Used to love that!

Carole xxx
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Lindakron
Sweet Inspiration



Canada
2740 Posts

Posted - 11/08/2007 :  14:20:21  Show Profile  Send Lindakron a Yahoo! Message Send Lindakron a Private Message
I suppose kids tend to stay indoors because of television and video games, but also because parents are probably afraid to let them out of their sight anymore.

I grew up on a farm so most of my summertime activities included frogs and bugs, and building forts with straw bales in the hayloft. And I was often put to work because we had an enormous garden and quite a few fruit trees.

My favourite game was sardines, which is basically a reverse version of hide-and-seek where EVERYONE hides while one person does the 'seeking'.

And I loved bucket-ball, which is basically basketball with no rules. The game was usually over when someone was injured, as it was inevitable.

Linda
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Mark
Sweet Inspiration



United Kingdom
3102 Posts

Posted - 11/08/2007 :  17:50:18  Show Profile Send Mark a Private Message
I agree Carole, you certainly don't see too many Kids playing in the Street these days, which is a shame I think, it's as if Childhood Innocence and Fun has all but disappeared in todays Crime-ridden World.....As a young Lad I was out all the time, kicking a Football and getting up to other innocent mischief in the locality with the Lads, some days were spent with a Rover Bus ticket going to wherever, I never really have been an indoors person, one of the reasons I have an outside job (though I do have some misgivings come the Winter!), I have been told that when I was a young Lad I wouldn't ever put a pair of Slippers on my feet because it meant I wasn't to go out and play!

Innocent carefree days back then....Oh dear, I feel all sentimental over the past now....think I'll go pour a drink!!

Mark
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Carole R.
Higher and Higher



United Kingdom
13792 Posts

Posted - 11/08/2007 :  23:10:34  Show Profile Send Carole R. a Private Message
I remember us having lots of nasturtium flowers in our garden(you don't seem to see them now)..Anyway they were like caterpillar magnets.

Don't shoot me cos we didn't know any better, but we used to find the biggest caterpillars and make them race against each other.

These races could take quite a long time to finish!

Carole xx
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Sara
Higher and Higher



United Kingdom
9401 Posts

Posted - 11/08/2007 :  23:14:36  Show Profile Send Sara a Private Message
Is it bad that I can't remember?
In the summer holidays, every year we used to go to turkey for 3 weeks to stay with my grandparents, but apart from that I remember playing outside a lot.

Sara x
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treking
Wasn't Born To Follow



United Kingdom
5727 Posts

Posted - 12/08/2007 :  00:03:27  Show Profile Send treking a Private Message
I've got nasturtiums in my garden Carole--just thought I would share that with everyone

Trek

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Sara
Higher and Higher



United Kingdom
9401 Posts

Posted - 12/08/2007 :  00:05:20  Show Profile Send Sara a Private Message
Aww, caterpillars are cute

Sara x
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treking
Wasn't Born To Follow



United Kingdom
5727 Posts

Posted - 12/08/2007 :  00:08:01  Show Profile Send treking a Private Message
I have to confess that I used to tie earthworms in a knot--no too tight and watch them untie themselves

Trek

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Carole R.
Higher and Higher



United Kingdom
13792 Posts

Posted - 12/08/2007 :  00:09:17  Show Profile Send Carole R. a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by treking

I've got nasturtiums in my garden Carole--just thought I would share that with everyone

Trek

We are here for Dusty.



You MUST have cute caterpillars then.

So why don't you try racing them? ..

Its just abit awkward putting lycra shorts on them, they have so many legs!
..

Cxx
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Sara
Higher and Higher



United Kingdom
9401 Posts

Posted - 12/08/2007 :  00:10:00  Show Profile Send Sara a Private Message

Actually, I used to dig up earthworms and chase people with them Poor things.

Sara x
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Carole R.
Higher and Higher



United Kingdom
13792 Posts

Posted - 12/08/2007 :  00:12:05  Show Profile Send Carole R. a Private Message
Poor things, the people or the earthworms?

Confused of Manchester.
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Sara
Higher and Higher



United Kingdom
9401 Posts

Posted - 12/08/2007 :  00:15:23  Show Profile Send Sara a Private Message
Poor earthworms!

Sara x
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Lindakron
Sweet Inspiration



Canada
2740 Posts

Posted - 12/08/2007 :  01:13:13  Show Profile  Send Lindakron a Yahoo! Message Send Lindakron a Private Message
I used to do caterpillar racing too!!!!

And frog racing.

Linda
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marg
Sweet Inspiration



2686 Posts

Posted - 12/08/2007 :  08:21:13  Show Profile Send marg a Private Message
Hmmm... some of you folks seem a wee old to be still going to school.

I remember trips to the beach,riding bicycles,backyard cricket,family holidays up the coast...

marg x
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Rhiannon
Wishing And Hoping



United Kingdom
386 Posts

Posted - 12/08/2007 :  21:05:40  Show Profile Send Rhiannon a Private Message
We had a big climbing frame in our back garden that we used to cover with old curtains pegged together, during the summer months and play "tents". Mum used to let us take our lunch in there and I felt so grown up eating lunch outside with no grown ups

I also remember biking in the woods with my friends, splashing around in the paddling pool in the garden, and long holidays in France in our Caravan.

As a kid I used to tan really well over the summer, even if we stayed in England. I put it down to all the outdoor activity that kids just don't seem to do these days!
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Brian
Sweet Inspiration



United Kingdom
2669 Posts

Posted - 12/08/2007 :  21:38:13  Show Profile Send Brian a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by treking

I've got nasturtiums in my garden Carole--just thought I would share that with everyone

Trek

We are here for Dusty.



I too have nasturtiums - loads of them
I can confirm also the caterpillers don't like lycra (does anyone??), they much prefer cotton garments

I will post you some Carole...but they may not travel in the box too well - look out for wetness, then you'll know.......wait for it

THE SENT I PEED
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Lindakron
Sweet Inspiration



Canada
2740 Posts

Posted - 13/08/2007 :  00:12:42  Show Profile  Send Lindakron a Yahoo! Message Send Lindakron a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Rhiannon

Mum used to let us take our lunch in there and I felt so grown up eating lunch outside with no grown ups




I can relate to that feeling. In my younger years, we slept on planks in the rafters of my dad's shed... we were so grown up to be spending the night "on our own". Then in my early teen years, we'd pitch a tent in the back of the farm, in the woods, and stay up until dawn. We were still on my parents' property but we were cool because we were unsupervised. LOL

Today we took our kids to their first midway fair at a nearby town. JB was awed and amazed, it was really fun to share that experience because he was absolutely thrilled. He played a few games, had a few rides, and tried cotton candy for the first time. And he was rather impressed with the demolition derby. I must say, because I experienced it through his eyes, it was the best fair EVER! LOL. Summer is fun.

Linda
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Littlebylittle
Wishing And Hoping

United Kingdom
453 Posts

Posted - 13/08/2007 :  00:26:53  Show Profile Send Littlebylittle a Private Message
I seem to remember playing in the woods, running in and out of friends houses, and their parents' friend's houses, and trying to survive my friend's mother's fish fingers, which she burnt every day (she couldn't cook anything else).

I used to love climbing trees, until my friend's brother bought an air gun and kept using us as target practice - and it really hurt. Made rafts and try to sale on the River Wey instead.
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TMAK
Wasn't Born To Follow



USA
5180 Posts

Posted - 13/08/2007 :  17:20:25  Show Profile  Send TMAK an AOL message  Send TMAK a Yahoo! Message Send TMAK a Private Message
I was fortunate to live on a dead end street, in a neighborhood of dead end streets, just down the hill from our grammar school. My best friend Franny lived in the house on the corner and there were plenty of other kids in the neighborhood.

We were always out in the street playing ball, hopscotch, hide-and-seek, one-two-three red light. Seemed like we always had our bicycles by our sides, if we weren't sitting on them. At the end of our street were raised railroad tracks and a small creek which flowed under the railroad bridge on out to Long Island Sound - good for throwing rocks into and floating various objects.

In my yard, we shot basketball, climbed our weeping willow tree or swung on the swing hung from a branch. We had a little shack attached to the garage which was our clubhouse, where we listened to music and read comic books. In the winter, we relocated to our basement.

Franny's yard had a grape arbor over one section, where we hung out, listened to records (once Beatlemania kicked in) and played board games (Chutes & Ladders and Candyland for the little kids; Clue, Monopoly and Scrabble for us big kids) or read the books we checked out from the library every Saturday morning. On Saturday afternoons, we went to the local movie theatre to watch whatever was playing - mostly anything that would be considered "G" rated movies these days. I recall Woody Woodpecker cartoons, Three Stooges Shorts and a lot of Elvis movies.

Our moms took turns bringing us to the beach at Seaside Park - just 15 minutes from here - or to Lake Mohegan for the day. Problem is, that got real old going almost every day. Once I got older, I preferred staying home.



TMak

Edited by - TMAK on 13/08/2007 19:13:20
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