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Childhood games

Posted August 11, 2009

What were your favorite childhood games? Please include your very own inventive games. Sometimes they are more fun than the others. Kelcey Carlson's son Charlie has successfully turned a trash can into a train this summer!

I used to play major league baseball in my Morganton living room with a little ball of tin foil and a pencil from school. Wallop that ball over the cornet case in deep center and you had a grand slam. Also I created my own card games for baseball and football.

I loved playing wiffle ball in the backyard and tackle football in the empty lot across the street especially when it snowed. I loved romping through the woods with my friends and playing cowboys and sliding down hills on flattened appliance boxes.

Board games were big including Monopoly, Clue and Life. My favorite card games were Crazy Eights, Gin and Setback.

What were your favorite childhood games?


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  • thefensk Aug 11, 2009

    You really sparked my memories, Bill.

    There were also "fads" that we would engage in throughout the year, dependent on whatever the "Handee Market" (a convenience store about three blocks away) would stock. For instance in March, they'd stock new kites and we'd all buy kites and that would occupy us for a few weeks. A new shipment of yo-yos would come in and we'd all move to yo-yos. Same thing with balsa wood airplanes, and tops. I guess we were slaves to the whims of either the store owner or his supplier.

    I once mentioned christmas tree forts ... this totally occupied our small minds in the few weeks after Christmas and we would engage in elaborate wars over acquiring these discarded trees.

  • dnrkearney2 Aug 11, 2009

    I enjoyed climbing trees! Every summer my friend and I would play all day in our weeping willow tree. We would swing on the long branches yelling like 'tarzan', then scale the tree to our 'house'. Made by small boards strategically lodged in between branches and the trunk.There we would drink Pepsi wrapped with newspaper or a bag to keep it cold, until it would get dark.
    In the spring we would do the same in the Chinaberry tree, we called it 'chaney-ball'. From that tree we could climb on top of the house to scope the area for 'enemies', my friends older brothers. Once spied, a hard toss of those small, round, green seeds would ensue a battle. Many a small red blister-type sores would arise from the boys below. We, the girls would end up crying and called down from the roof. We weren't suppose to be there as we would damage the brittle shingles creating leaks!
    What precious memories of rural Nash County are forever etched in my heart. Home-grown memories are the

  • wdwbmw Aug 11, 2009

    My brother and I had cousins our ages living a couple of houses away. We had two games that we loved. One we called Ain't No Booger Bears Out Tonight. You would say "Ain't no booger bears out tonight. Grandpa killed them all last night," and then count to 25. Then everyone who was hiding had to try to get back to home base without being tagged. If you were tagged, you were "it" for the next game. The other game we called Ankney Over (whatever that means). Two of us were on one side of the house and the other two were on the other side. You would throw a small ball across the house and then get points if it went over. If it rolled back down on your side, you lost points. Those were the days...

  • wildfrenchrose Aug 11, 2009

    Wow. Keep-a-way. My family had their own version. I was the youngest of 4. The other three would take something of mine, then leave notes & clues about where it was. It would take me all day to finally find it. The clues would take me all over the house, outside all over the yard, in the woods, and sometimes out into the neighborhood (if we had one). At the end of the day, it was usually hidden somewhere in my bedroom...

  • LMRA Aug 11, 2009

    Barbies! My friends and I would play for hours. We didn't have enough Ken dolls for all the Barbies so we used my brother's GI Joes. Whe it was time for them to go to work, we would 'kiss' them good-bye and throw them under the bed!!!

    I loved my Easy Bake oven (still have my original!). I liked to hit a tennis ball against the outside of our chimney. I also got those crazy bounces off the bricks. We played ball in the street, hide and seek, jump rope, go on picnics, put on little plays for our parents, and of course, ride bikes until it was time for dinner!

    I wish the world could go back to those days. Parents are so worried about kids being taken by someone kids never get to have the adventures we had. They don't know how to make something out of nothing AND do it outside!!!

  • westoflyra Aug 11, 2009

    Kickball, hide and seek, building "forts" and club houses.

  • Khanrahan Aug 11, 2009

    We would play Keep Away - which consisted of us getting into two teams and trying to keep the ball away from the other team. We would run around and toss the ball to each other. I guess the winner was the team with the ball when the bell rang.

  • lynneslaughter Aug 11, 2009

    lookin4spac- i remember Masterpiece. Did you ever play the card game Authors? That's how we all became familiar with books by the greats like charles dickens. Made us want to go get the book and read it.

  • mkcollins Aug 11, 2009

    My friend and I used to play hide and seek on horseback in the woods by my house.

  • happy Aug 11, 2009

    I used to hit a ping pong ball against the side of the house for hours!

    But my favorite was kickball. I wish Raleigh had a kickball league. I would sign up in a heartbeat!




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