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Updated on January 10, 2016


When I was a child growing up, the neighborhood was always alive with the chatter of children. As soon as school was out for the day or in the summer months, we'd play familiar games until the sun went down or we were called in for supper. We would banter, laugh, argue and scream. We were creative, cunning and competitive. We would run, climb and jump. In today's neighborhoods we see far less activity. Kids are smarter but less fit. Video games often replace ball games. Many schools are doing away with recess in favor of study. The loss for children is physical health and social interaction. Here are some games kids no longer play.


Jumping Rope -

The practice of jumping rope is believed to have had its start somewhere around 1600 BC. Vines and bamboo were used as well as various types of hoops. Jumping rope originated in Egypt and Australia and made its way to China, Europe and eventually the United States where it became very popular among children. Jumping rope is one of the most beneficial forms of exercise. It can burn up to 1000 calories per hour. It tones muscles all over the body and optimizes cardiovascular conditioning. Besides the physical benefits, jumping rope promotes rhythm, coordination and self-esteem.


Tag -

The game of tag goes back to ancient Rome where it was played even by the likes of Julius Caesar. It is said that in 44BC, he slipped on his toga while playing and fell into Marcus Junius Brutus where he uttered the famous "Et tu, Brute". The English translation is "Brutus, you're it". Hmm. The game of tag has many benefits. Besides the obvious physical exercise of running it teaches children to become more aware of what's around them and to take chances. It also prompts them to be creative and to strategize to win. You can burn 115 calories or more in an hour playing tag. And it's nice to no longer be "it" anymore.


Hide and Seek -

The game of hide and seek is played all over the world. In the 2nd century, Greek writer, Julius Pollux described it in his work. It is called "jeu de cache cache" in France and "cucumbe" in El Salvador. Unless you're "it" (the seeker) the game fosters imagination and creativity. The hider must learn to plan and perceptual skills are heightened. Hide and Seek teaches children to count and to be independent. Since it is usually played outside the benefits include getting fresh air and warding off boredom.


Hopscotch -

The origin of the game of hopscotch is traced back to ancient Britain during the early Roman Empire. It was used as a military exercise to improve the soldiers' footwork. The first hopscotch courts were over 100 feet long. Hopscotch is great for developing strength and balance. It works the leg muscles as well as other important core muscles. There was a time when hopscotch courts could be found in any playground. If there aren't any, the simple remedy is a piece of chalk and a stone. Let the hopping begin.


Dodge Ball -

The history behind the game of dodge ball isn't clear. Some say it was created by cave men when they tossed a rock at the glaring sun and had to dodge it when it came down. Most attribute the origin to Augustus Hagerson in Africa in 1832. The object of the game, of course, is to hit your opponent with the ball. Recently some schools have banned the game citing its violent nature. Dodge ball can increase overall athleticism helping muscles work together and develop strength. It improves hand/eye coordination, is great for stress relief and fosters mental awareness of your surroundings.


Red Rover -

The game of Red Rover which is also called Bullrush and Octopus Tag originated in 19th century Britain. It eventually spread to Australia, Canada and the United States. "Rover" is the Norwegian word for "pirate" and some believe the British were baiting the Viking raiders to "come over". Like dodge ball, many schools have banned the game of red rover. Players form opposite teams 15 to 30 feet apart and form a linked hand chain then dare someone from the opposing team to break through. Besides the healthy benefits of running, red rover promotes team spirit and cooperation.


Marbles -

Though no one is sure where and when the game of marbles began, it likely had its start with the early Egyptians and spread to the rest of the world. Ancient games of marbles were played with fruit pits, pebbles or nuts but the name comes the 18th century practice of making them from marble chips. There are a variety of games played with marbles where players shoot, roll or even pitch the marbles for different objectives. The benefits include better judgement of angles, gravity, speed and control as well as improved hand to eye coordination.


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      suziecat7 2 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Hi Kenneth - It's good to see you too. I haven't been around here much but I'm coming back. All the best to you too!

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      Kenneth Avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, dear suziecat7,

      This is a great hub. Very in-depth and touching. I remember games I played when I was young such as: "Army," where I pretended to be in the Army and fighting enemy forces, but I was alone. My sister had married and moved off, so I had to imagine all of my games.

      I have missed you, girl. Have you been doing okay?

      I wish you and Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas. I am so thankful to have you in my life.

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      suziecat7 2 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Hi James - I'm also not here all that much and believe I am a level 2 commenter too. :( Thanks for taking the time to read this.

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      suziecat7 2 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Hi Lady Guinevere - Thank you. You're right things have changed drastically for sure.

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      James W. Nelson 2 years ago from eastern North Dakota

      Hey Suziecat7, long time no see. I no longer spend any time on HubPages except when certain favorite writers appear in my email. Horrors, I've been busted to a level 2 commenter! (Can level 1 and even disbarment be far behind?) Anyway, I caught your hub on Facebook. What caught my eye was "children" and "games" so I read the article part. I didn't read about the games except "Dodgeball" just curious. The other games I've played. Anyway, I'm keeping your hub in archive for future reference.

      Thank you for a great hub!

      James W Nelson

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      Debra Allen 2 years ago from West By God

      Wow I could not find the comment box on here! They do have jump rope competitions in china and other nations around the world. Another game that I rarely see now is Jaxs. With all the molesting and kidnapping of children I can understand why no one want to play tag or hide and seek anymore. What has this world come too? It is sooooo sad.

      I am sharing this.

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      suziecat7 4 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Aud - so true. Thanks for reading.

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      Audrey 4 years ago

      Kids these days would rather play with their Playstation or iPad. Unfortunately, those hold a kid's interest so much better than old-fashioned games of hide-and-seek and marbles.

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      suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thank you all for reading.

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      Emily 5 years ago

      I work in Out of School Hours care and ALL the children in my centre plays every single one of the above games - INCLUDING marbles!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Great hub!! We play old fashion games at our boys birthday parties and all the kids love it. Thanks for reminding me of marbles and other old games!!!

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      carolyn a. ridge 5 years ago

      Everytilme I start to feel nostalgic, I will come and read your bub. It's such a great reminder of how good we had it -- and either didn't know it -- or didn't appreciate it. Still a great hub!

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      carolyn a. ridge 5 years ago

      Children just don't play outside -- it's not cool. What lif one of their friends saw them. That would just create another social problem! Great Hun !! Maybe, one day, we'll get back to "real life", but I doubt it !

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      livelovelaugh5 5 years ago

      This so true. Children nowadays don't physically play anymore. It's sad to see a child cooped up with some gadget rather than running outside.

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      Koralee Phillips 5 years ago from Penticton British Columbia Canada

      Awesome and voted up. I was looking at my grandson the other day and was thinking by the time he grows up all the fun things I did as a child (that you have talked about in your hub) will probably be extinct.

      Thanks for writing this hub and providing the histories of them. I think your hub is a good reminder to us older folks to keep these traditions alive.

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      lyns 5 years ago from USA

      Wow, those were the days it funny I just played about 3 months ago with the little ones hop scotch only I couldn't bend over to pick up the chain so they had to pick it up for me each time, we all had fun they laughed... I like this one, thanks for sharing I gave it thumbs up, funny, for the memories and interesting, thanks again

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      Kiki J 5 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Dear suziecat7, I just wrote about funny made up games,in a new hub "Kids with Imagination" and wondered if you had any bedtime games I could use with my grandchildren,apart from adapting real picture book stories to suit them! I agree kids need physical and imaginative stimuli to thrive and be happy! V.good hub, suziecat.

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      suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thank you all for your comments. It's nice to remember these games as they were so much part of our childhood.

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      SA Shameel 5 years ago from Bangalore

      very good hub.

      it rekindled memories of my childhood. I did played some of these games...

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Really neat hub! Wouldn't it be amazing if everyone of us found a kid and played a game with him or her today? :)

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      Brittany Rowland 5 years ago from Woodstock, GA

      I loved all these games when I was a kid, especially hide and seek and red rover. Our parents would kick us out of the house in the morning and tell us not to come back unless it was an emergency, and we'd just play all day with the neighborhood kids, riding bikes and playing games. I liked the story behind Red Rover. Great hub!

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      carolyn a. ridge 5 years ago

      Whenever I'm in the mood for a stroll down memory lane, it's comforting to know that your hub is available to take me there! Luv it !!

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      Katharine L Sparrow 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      This is hubtastic! I have linked it on my children's poetry website!

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      Rachelle Williams 5 years ago from Tempe, AZ

      OMG! Oh how I loved to play Dodgeball when I was a kid! Thanks for bringing back some good memories. Great hub.

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      Edna and Earl 5 years ago from The Cliffs of Insanity

      I miss those games! kids are missing out on so much fun these days... Great hub :)

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      syras mamun 5 years ago

      I still miss playing hide and seek.I think still children love playing hide and seek, though most are fascinated with online or video games.

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      carolyn a. ridge 5 years ago

      lisa42, that is very refreshing to hear. Good for you !!

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      lisa42 5 years ago from Sacramento

      My kids still play all of these games except marbles, but they do spend more time on video games and other electronic games than these old-fashioned ones.

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      Cagsil 5 years ago from USA or America

      Excellently written Suziecat. It brought back memories of some of the games I used to play when I was in school and even some of the games I played with neighbors. It's a shame that many kids are not playing much of these games anymore. Dodgeball was one of my favorites, but also did like Hide and Seek. Your article about these games was really cool because I learned about the history of the games, which is something I didn't know. Definitely got my vote up! Thank you. :)

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      suziecat7 5 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thank you all for the comments. I do remember kick the can.

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      xXSweetiXx 5 years ago from The Pacific Northwest

      Awesome Hub! One Question, What ever happened to kick the can?!! That was an awesome game we used to play for hours!

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      september girl 5 years ago

      Those were the days weren't they? I loved every game you mentioned, as I use to play and participate in them all. I was never very good in tag, as I could not run real fast, so I compensated, becoming good at dodging my partner trying to tag me. Do you remember all the sayings we use to have with jumprope? Whether we played by ourselves or with others. Such good memories as a child. Thanks for bringing them all back! : )It's sad for the kids of today...they don't know what they are missing!

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      carolyn a. ridge 5 years ago

      I still think my favorite game was "Mother, May I ?". In this game, the leader would give you a command (i.e. "Stand on one foot, and hop around.") If you proceeded to stand on one foot, and hop around, without asking the question, "Mother, may I?" -- you were disqualified from the game. Then the next person in line would receive his command, and if he did the command, without permission from "Mother", he too would be disqualified. At the end of the game, the winner was the one who always asked, "Mother, may I', before completing his assignment. The object of the game was to remember to ask for permission, before you executed the demand. The last man standing, was the winner! Life was so simple back then! This game compelled you to pay attention to detail, by receiving approval, before taking action. This is a great hub; keep up the good work!

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      Stuart A Jeffery 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      i still love a good game of 'hide & seek' but unfortunately, like many have already mentioned red rover was banned from my school - far too violent (i loved the game but was a strain on the arms, after awhile)

      i sucked at marbles, which is probably why i never took up gambling

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      carolyn a. ridge 5 years ago

      Our parents probably passed these games down to us. What games will we pass to our kids?

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      Felix J Hernandez 5 years ago from All over the USA

      I love dodge ball. I have a 9 year old and I just ask him if he plays it in school and he had no idea what I was talking about. Ask him about online games and he'll name dozens. It ridiculous.

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      sheila b. 6 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your descriptions and enjoyed your humor. And I'll join the others who know it's lack of exercise making our children fat, not lack of celery.

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      carolyn a. ridge 6 years ago

      Okay, hey, I don't want to be the dark cloud, but when Dawney spoke about kids running and playing, and having fun in the park, it just saddened me because today we cannot let our kids "run free". Maybe I'm paranoid, but I would be scared to death to let my kids play in the park today -- even with me there watching. Okay, so maybe I've been reading too many crime books, or watching too many crime movies, or too much "Lifetime", or whatever! That freedom will never be the same again -- because of all of the predators on the loose. Remember, when kids could go "trick-or-treating", without being afraid, or when they could actually eat the treats they received? I don't have that same trust anymore, but the kids pay the highest price!

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      carolyn a. ridge 6 years ago

      Oh yeaah, and another thing: back in the day, children had cretive minds to invent their games. Today the computer has invented, and controls their games. They don't need creativity; they just need time to play the computerized game !!

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Dawney - You're right about parents planning every little activity for their kids. It takes away individual creativity and team work as well. Thanks for stopping by.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Nell Rose - I forgot about Statues!! Loved that game. Thanks for reminding me and for stopping by!

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Miss Paula - Yes they were fun. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Eiddwen - A trip down memory lane in fun once in awhile. Thanks for the vote up!

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Iontach - Yes, there's the social aspect too. These games brought children together. Computer games are more isolating. Thanks for your comment.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Maxravi - You're welcome and thank you for reading.

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      carolyn a. ridge 6 years ago

      This is great, just reading all of your comments, and remembering the "good-ole-days". Sometimes I wish that I never had to leave those days; other times I can't imagine life, being stuck back there. Go figure!

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Kenneth - Thank you so much.

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      dawney 6 years ago from California

      What a fantastic hub, I made sure when it was time to buy a house we moved to a "kid friendly" neighborhood. I am fortunate my kids are out playing all the time and we have a park nearby. All these games are awesome and I love watching the dynamics of the game unfold between friends. However, I have found something unusual with some of today's parents of younger kids. They have scheduled play activities and even go so far as to sort and color code legos which I cant seem to wrap my head around. How are your kids supposed to be creative and have fun when everything is planned out for them? So I say, "Hey kid! get dirty rolling around in sidewalk chalk, argue with your friends over "who's it", ride your bike like there's someone chasing you, mix your playdoh with some rocks and blow all your allowance on snow cones and blow pops from the ice cream man."

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thanks for your comment, Wayne.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Brina - You are welcome.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Dolores - Yes we did have some fun, didn't we? Nice to see you as usual.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Carolyn - Glad you enjoyed. We all share that trip down Memory Lane. Thanks for commenting.

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      carolynaridge 6 years ago

      Wouldn't that be great! Talk about old-school!! Just by participating in some of these games, it could replace a lot of the doctors' visits, and medications that we take. What a concept1

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      VCU - Let's hope some of these games get revived again. Thanks for reading.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Motherchristina - Yeah, red rover could be a little tough. Thanks for reading.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Coolmon - You're welcome. Glad you could stop by.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, this is so true. My favourite was always Statues. The kids would line up and one would stand at the front with their back to you, when they said start, the kids would try and creep forward without the one at the front seeing them. it was great because if the leader turned around, you had to stay completely still, that was great, unless you were on one foot! ha ha great memories thanks, nell

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      Miss Paula 6 years ago

      this is so true,kids do not play like we did when we were kids. and I agree that's why there are so many over weight kids today. This brought back a lot of memories I play all these games when I was a kid and they were fun.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Denise - I don't know what's wrong with the schools. They probably got heat from parents who didn't want Johnny to scrape his knees. Thank you so much for commenting.

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      Gosh this was a trip down memory lane.

      I loved and vote up without a doubt.

      Here's to many more to share.

      Take care

      Eiddwen.

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      Iontach 6 years ago

      Hi Suzicat7,

      This is all sooo true! I've been thinking of this for the past few years, I know it makes me sound old. I really hate the way children are missing out on these games. I remember playing "kick the can" when I was younger with all my friends and how much more fun it was than staying indoors playing computer games.

      I really miss my childhood now! lol

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      Ravi Singh 6 years ago from India

      Well I feel nostalgic after reading your hub.

      Thanks and nice one!

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      Kenneth Avery 6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Thank you for taking me back to my precious childhood where MOST of these games you've talked about were everyday events--fun and great to play. I am so glad that I am one of your followers for YOU are a GREAT writer.

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      carolyn a. ridge 6 years ago

      I totally agree; I was one of those little girls jumping rope. But today, our little girls are on the computer, and either causing trouble, or looking for it. They're looking at pages they should never see. And the worse part is, now that it' been started, you cannot take it away. Computers are here forvever!

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      Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas

      When I was growing up little girls were the greatest rope jumbers...hours upon hours of practice. They were great baton twilers too! The sidewalks had Hopskotch diagram all about, marble holes were present on most playgrounds, and while the guys played marbles the little girls played Jacks. All that has been replaced by the electronic media which creates and employs all th imagination...all you need is a set of thumbs! Heck, kids don't even get to play outside much anymore...life has truly changed for the worse. Thanks for the memories. WB

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      Brinafr3sh 6 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Hi Susiecat7,

      Many of these games that some children no longer play are very helpful to assist children with weight loss. Many children these days are active by playing the "Wii Exercise Video Game." Well written hub, thanks. https://hubpages.com/family/OldschoolChildhood

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Thanks, Troy.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Flago - I agree. Thanks for the comment.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Married - Thanks for reading.

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      Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      What fun we had playing those games as children. My own kids, now grown (the youngest is 19) used to get together with a gang of neighborhood children. Led by an older girl, they played those playground games on a large lot on the next street. How wonderful it was to hear those screams of delight, the laughter, and joyful yelling. Kids who run around like that really blow off steam.

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      carolyn a. ridge 6 years ago

      This is great; what a trip down Memory Lane. I played all of these games, except marbles. I just never understood the game, and therefore saw no purpose for it. My friends and I also played two other games: "Simon Says" and "Mother, May I". But the computer has replaced all things, regarding physical education for our children. Not only that, but when we were young, and playing outside, we were not afraid of being harmed by "bad people". We often slept with our doors unlocked, intentionally! Those were the days. Thank you for reminding me.

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      VCUgirl 6 years ago from Virginia

      Great hub! Reading this made me feel nostalgic, and I'm only 19! It is true, though, that kids these days don't seem to take as much pleasure in these games as I used to when I was there age. It's sad, because those games are fantastic fun.

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      mothercristina 6 years ago

      Well, I definitely keep some of these games alive, but I can understand about red rover. It's like who can pop out who's shoulder lol.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      BP - You are not the only one who couldn't find marbles. Patty had the same problem. Thank you so much for reading.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Alazani67 - You are welcome.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Flora - Life for children is changing rapidly. Glad you could stop by.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Patty - That's sad. Marbles is a classic game with many versions depending on imagination. Apparently you are not the only one having a difficult time finding them. Thank you for your comment.

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      Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

      It is a shame how children are pressured to be little adults. What is wrong with kids being kids? I played all these games as a child and I cherish those memories. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Good Article!

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Wonderful points, Suzy--you are so right! Many schools have dropped P.E. programs as well, so that doesn't help the situation. Brought back many memories! There are far too many sedentary toys for kids today and they ignore physical activity.

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      TroyM 6 years ago

      Outdoor games are always helpful for kid's mental and physical growth. Great Article and Great Games!

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Nellieanna - You are so right. Kids are almost too mature for their ages these days. I think when I heard people calling the schoolyard a campus, I knew being a kid was different. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Fashion - Glad you enjoyed.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Pras - You're right. traditional games are disappearing as technology becomes more popular. We need to get kids outside more. Thanks for reading, Pras. It's always nice to see you.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Cassidella - I'm so glad you enjoyed and stopped by to comment. Thanks.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Akirchner - I forgot Simon Says - good one. Yes, scraped knees were considered part of childhood in my day too. Thanks for reading, my friend.

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      flagostomos 6 years ago from Washington, United States

      One of the reasons kids don't play these games anymore is because schools kick it out of you - the elementary school I went to outlawed tag, dodgeball, red rover, and a whole slew of games like these because they were contact - we were quite literally told not to touch the other students at all. I think a lot of factors contribute to why.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      James - I forgot about Harrison Bergeron and re-visited the story. Always nice to see you and thanks for commenting.

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      marriednokids 6 years ago from California

      Sad but true. Great hub down memory lane

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Funny you should mention marbles. My daughter wanted to buy some for my grandson and couldn't find any anywhere. Where have all the marbles gone?

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      alazani67 6 years ago

      Thank you for adding all of those hubs I really like them.

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      You can still find equipment for these in dollar stores where I live. I played many of these-dsespite not being that athletic-we were always outside. I am 35 and from what I understand, my decade of childhood-the 1980's-was the last one where children played outside without a parent watching or in a fence dyard. The 1990s saw children playing under supervision outside in their own fenced yards. Now no more.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Angie - Great memories of childhood fun. Really appreciate your stopping by.

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from North America

      I looked in two dozen stores last summer for marbles in Central Ohio and no one carried them. I finally found some in Michigan. It was strange.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Dahoglund - Parents do tend to be over-protective these days. Thanks for reading.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Diogenes - I couldn't agree more.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Ghost - Thanks so much for the interesting comment and for the vote up!

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Dexter - You're welcome. Nice to see you.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Lauryallen - I agree. Thanks for reading.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      WannaB Writer - Parents are more protective and for good reason. Still there is something lost because of this. Thanks for sharing and taking the time to comment.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Daffy Duck - Great memories of outdoor fun. Thanks for reading and sharing your experiences.