What games did you play as a child? I remember playing Hide & Seek, Mother May I and Hopscotch quite a lot. Every summer I played them especially. I even played a version of Hide & Seek when there was no one else around to play with me. I’d creep around the house, trying to move from hiding spot to hiding spot while staying out to my parent’s sight (or at least I thought they couldn’t see me!)
Traditional Children’s Games
Some games have stood the test of time. They were played by my grandparents, my parents, me and my children.
- Follow the Leader
- Hide & Seek
- I Spy
- Hot Potato
- Mother May I
- Rock, Paper, Scissors
- Simon Says
While many children today still play those games, they do seem to be played less since electronics have made such a large mark on childhood. Don’t let these great games disappear. If your children haven’t been introduced to one of these games yet, show them how to play. If you don’t know how, look it up. Then play!
As a Girl Guide Leader, I teach the girls in my unit these games as well and every child always loves them.
Some of these games are VERY old. Hopscotch was first documented as being played in the English speaking world in the 17th century! Rock, Paper, Scissors originated in Asia in at least the 1600s and possibly earlier.
How many of those games did YOU play as a child? If you have children, how many of them do YOUR CHILDREN play?