“Cinderella, dressed in yellow, went upstairs to kiss a fellow….”
Anyone for jump rope? How about kick the can, marbles, or jacks? Good old fashioned games don’t require expensive equipment, electricity, or internet connections. And while it’s fun to be outside running around, you can also jump rope and play hide and seek indoors – and you can jump rope alone or with friends!
Draw a hopscotch grid with sidewalk chalk, and find a special rock or charm as your marker. Indoors you can use masking or painters tape to mark out your diagram. Again you can compete against others or see how high you can get without a miss all by yourself.
With a simple deck of cards – or two or three – play all kinds of games: Solitaire, War, Old Maid, Slap Jacks, Crazy Eights, Go Fish — all kinds of games can be played by one, two, or a whole group. Impromptu games of Tag can spring up anywhere, indoors or out, even as Marco Polo in the pool. Just make sure the littler ones have a chance to win also.
Make a play house or fort out of a large cardboard box. And nothing beats a simple run through the sprinklers on a hot day — or you can volunteer to wash your parents’ cars and get really wet into the bargain! [Be sure to ask permission first!]
Ask your parents and grandparents what games they played as children — yes, your parents and grandparents WERE children once! And of course the Library has many books just full of ideas and instructions.
Here are a few:
The Classic Treasury of Childhood Wonders: Favorite Adventures, Stories, Poems and Songs for Making Lasting Memories by Susan H. Magsamen [J790.1 MAGSAMEN]
The Kids’ Guide to Classic Games by Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt [J790.1922 BELL-REHWOLDT]