Before computers, tablets and smart phones took over, kids used to play outside. They would leave the house in the morning and come back home just before dark. They used to spend the whole day playing and interacting with each other.
Today’s kids wouldn’t know half of the games that their parents used to play growing up, that’s why it’s our job to share all our favorites with them so they too can experience the fun we had growing up.
You can gather up all of the neighborhood kids, and show them what it meant to be a kid back in the day. They’ll have a wonderful time playing outside, and you’ll get a chance to reminisce and remember all the wonderful times you had playing outside with your friends.
Let’s have a look at some of our favorites.
Feel free to tell us what game you loved the most when you were a kid.
Frozen tag (Freeze tag)
Here’s how you play it:
You can ask for two or more volunteers that will be “it”. The game usually lasts 3 minutes, and the objective is for the people who are “it” to freeze as many of the other players in the game. The tagged person is frozen and has to stay still unless some of the other unfrozen players touches and unfreezes him or her.
The volunteers that are “it” try to freeze the whole group, and if they succeed they win. If at least one person is left unfrozen then the team wins, and it’s time to pick the next two volunteers.
Red rover (forcing the city gates, or octopus tag)
This is a game that’s usually played on playgrounds and by a big group of children. The game originated from the UK, and later on it spread to the US, Canada, Australia, and Europe.
Here’s how you play it:
In order to play the game, you need to divide the players into two teams, have them form a chain by holding hands, and position the two teams at least three feet apart.
The game starts when one player from the first team calls out “Red rover, red rover, send [a player of the opposite team] over”. That’s that player’s cue to start running and try to break the other team’s chain.
The game goes on until there is only one player left in one of the teams. That’s the team’s last chance to try and break the other team’s chain, which will give them the option to bring back one of the team members they lost before. If, however they’re not able to break the other team’s chain, they lose the game.
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