Playtime Just Like When We Were Small

Powered by the sun, invigorated by the greens and refreshed by the warm whiff of air! This is mostly the way children in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s enjoyed playtime.

An afternoon with the neighborhood kids would be out playing ring a rose, hide and seek, jump rope, and freeze tag...familiar? I enjoyed eating freshly-picked guavas on the tree top in our backyard!

What little girls love to play to this day
What little girls love to play to this day | Source

Our toys were much simpler and its fun as we see some of today's little homemaker toys started with the girls of the 1960s, my decade! :=)

I love watching my little honeybunch play "cooking time.They have a way of transporting me back to times before.



Indoor games were Chinese checkers, millionaire's game, dart, chess and scrabble. We enjoyed playing these board games with some friends but oftentimes with the whole family.

the most challenging mind game since I was small
the most challenging mind game since I was small

"Check!" uh-uh, I miss this!... That's when my king gets nowhere to run from my sister's raging rooks. It was fun how we would race avoiding a checkmate and possibly getting a pawn to the other side for a queen, we'd be jumping in joy when lucky. I once had to give up my rook and knight to get position for the mate and when I got it in the next two moves... I was proud of myself...VERY!... lol.

Chess to me/us is a game that has stood the test of time. I'm glad we were taught how to play this classic at an early age from a player father.

scrabble before and today
scrabble before and today
millionaires's game - waiting for a gain stock!
millionaires's game - waiting for a gain stock!

Merely a look back in time at what I was playing and how my honeybunch look at these same games today are things so fun relishing.

What Our Children Would Love and Enjoy

We can't deny that television and video games have become the bone of contention to most children today. It's not uncommon seeing kids cry when told to get off the computer for lunch, or scream when not allowed to play. Should we just throw up our hands and say, "Give him what he wants!"

Outdoor fun can divert their attention from the technological world. We're not suggesting exactly the way we played in the sun before, and it's not much of a task suggesting for nature play, but re-build our children's connection to nature.

One of my honeybunch feeling the sun and water
One of my honeybunch feeling the sun and water

Nature Play Under the Open Sky

Getting out there allows them to meet nature. The sunshine on their skin form health-giving vitamin D necessary for strong bones and muscles, plus, sunshine is fun!

Children are motivated to go outside when it’s fun. From playing ball to the simplest pleasures of running into the pile of leaves, buddying up with the birds, and chasing a butterfly - these kinds of fun reduce stress levels among growing ages. It helps kids develop healthy habits.



three of them exploring the nature of nature
three of them exploring the nature of nature

Fresh Air and Exercise

Germs cannot stand fresh air, so our kids should get plenty of it, indoors and outdoors. Gardening can be awesome it exposes them to growing things and giving them fun cultivating, making holes, cutting roots and planting them. Let's not worry too much if they get dirty. This helps them learn all about nature.

Taking night walk together is another great fun. I do love it too! The thrills of darkness outside can be a great adventure. Not only a good way to stay cool, but a surefire way to spark your child’s imagination for the moon and shape of stars. Have you tried laying down the lawn and watch stars together? or going for a bike after sundown?

Regular cycling is a fun fit exercise. Thankfully, it is the most competitive hobby my honeybunch has been into today. One thing I love about this is that it tones their legs and bottom, plus, a great way to build their cardiovascular fitness.

It's fun watching them ride up hills or off-road. They do this a couple of shorter rides in successive weekends then a longer one over the next. My smaller bunch joins as early as 5:30 in the morning and they are enjoying a weekend full of energy.

Getting them in the weekend cycling habit allows more family rides and interesting things on route. You and your kids will love biking too!


...and the challenges of all nature fun
...and the challenges of all nature fun | Source

Our Reward

These days, even the laziest summer days can be filled with outdoor activities. Outdoor play, with its fresh air and physical benefit can be cure for teens who prefer to sit and play video games or watch TV all day.

Being outdoors invigorates green passion among children and teens. If we allow them to learn through nature play, they get good sleep, become physically fit, and are able to handle physical and emotional challenges better. Our reward?... Healthy, contented and happy children.

Sometimes the simplest outdoor play leaves the most lasting memories for kids. I know how much children loves to experience freedom and learn from their own mistakes and experiences. I was once a kid and I have a lot of them :=)

Very Important : Since we are the adult here, it is our responsibility to make sure they know the principles of safety and security.


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Board games are great to entertain children indoors . Fresh air and exercise are very important for children but nowadays video games take priority. We should make sure that children go out and play. Great hub, voted up.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I agree in getting children outdoors more for some creative fun. Fresh air and exercise is necessary for growing boys and girls. It is sad that the technology keeps them from experiencing this natural play.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Before my son was 1, I realized these times won't last forever, so we did "everything" together.


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Tonipet 4 years ago from The City of Generals Author

@You're right Vellur, and perhaps those old playtime fun can trick kids today not to focus too much attention to gadgets and the net. Thanks so much for reading, I really appreciate your comment and vote. Enjoy your weekend!

@Teaches howdy! So true. All you said are important to our young people. All kids love playing outside and when that happens, they're getting everything they need from nature. Thanks for the healthy comment, so glad you made it by. Best wishes !

@Hello Mhatter. That is so fatherly. I'm sure your son will cherish those togetherness more than anything else this world can offer. Thanks for being among the men our world needs, I wish more fathers will find time with children an essential and healthy fun. Good cheers for you two. Thank you for dropping by.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

one great hub again Tonipet! thumbs up!


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Tonipet 4 years ago from The City of Generals Author

Thank you spy. Glad you made it by. Go go nature! :=)


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kj force 4 years ago from Florida

Tonipet... you wrote it as you see it..technology can only steal our children if we allow it..as parents we are still in charge or should be...I am helping raise my two G-C , we live in the country ( no neighbors/ children) my G-C are involved in outside activites.

I have always felt a busy mind will never stagnate. They have chores daily, 2 nights a week Martial Arts, cross country 3 mornings a week, swimteam 2 nights a week...they play board games when it rains or read books...Chilldren imitate what they see, we need to set examples..awesome write..enjoyed immensly..


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Tonipet 4 years ago from The City of Generals Author

KJ, how are you! Truly nothing is as wholesome as the country life, oh how my heart leaps, lol. You have a wonderful way of getting your G-C busy and the healthy busy-ness you have set into their system bring their minds into the more sensible walks of life. What a grand-mom! Hiking up hills for a breathtaking view is one of my best experiences, and now my honeybunch's. :=) Thanks so much for reading.


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LadyFiddler 4 years ago from Somewhere in the West

I rather old fashion children, children today forgot how to play in the yard, how to jump rope and climb trees or play dolly house. Everything is now so computerized and they are like modern robots cannot do anything without modern technology and it has its advantages and disadvantages.

But has mainly ruined children's ability to open a book and do research like i had to do at the library, everything now is computer, internet, printer no more drawing your own diagrams etc.

Thanks for sharing


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Tonipet 4 years ago from The City of Generals Author

Hello ladyfiddler. There truly is something about the old-fashioned that remains unbeatable, no matter what. Like you said, you'd rather jump rope and climb trees or play doll house, than be like robots we see most of kids today are so very fond of. I like that researching thing you do at the library, thanks for mentioning it.

Again, it journeys me back to my high school where I have to bring a library card to be able to use and spend time at the school library. Yes that was it! Let's wish more parents today would continue to encourage drawing and sketching by hand. Thanks for sharing, that was a very nice insight. Really enjoyed reminiscing, lol. Hope your days are great.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

Yes, the good old days when we played so many imaginative games both indoors and outdoors. Hide 'n seek was a big favorite too. Three years ago I was ill and bed ridden for 8 weeks. I had my daughter buy me new monopoly and scrabble and my grandson played with me every day. He has 3 xbox360s so I had an idea playing games with his Nana might not be on his agenda. But he usually played these games with me twice a day. If he didn't enjoyit, he sure pretended well.

I think we have to set the tone---let the kidoes know it is fun ....they sometimes find, for once :) , we are correct.

I have so many fond memories of playing scrabble with my Daddy who was a whiz at the game.

Thanks for sharing Sending Angels to you this morning :) ps


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Tonipet 3 years ago from The City of Generals Author

Hi Patricia. Lucky is your grandson to learn right from you, some of the games of those good old days. If he played the game with you more than once in not just a day, I think he was amazed and intrigued of the mind game of our times, lol.

Hide and seek, yes!... the game we love, there were times Dad and Mom would play along by making the whole house dark after dinner so we can play hide and seek. We wonder how it seemed so easy for them to spot us. We realized that the "culprit" were the roman numerals in our watches were luminous, haha.

You sure enjoyed scrabble with a scrabble wizard, your Dad! :=) Thank you for sharing and for sending angels. I'll send them back with flowers for you:=)


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peachpurple 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

when my daughter was 5 years old, she loved to play in the beach, under the sun and splashing the water, collecting seashells. Now, she dreaded to go under the sun, fearing the blemish, freckles, pimples, etc.


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Tonipet 3 years ago from The City of Generals Author

Hi peachpurple. I think I know that scene... my nieces (when younger) were exactly like your daughter so loving of the beach, now that they're into their teens, they have become more conscious of the sun than ever, funny thing but a lovely experience in life. Your daughter is lucky to have a wonderful childhood, she sure would love to pass it on to her own children - your cute grandkids:=)

Thank you for visiting peach, hope you had a fabulous Mother's day! :=)-Tonette

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