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Forgotten Childhood Games

Updated on September 10, 2013
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Kris Manley is a blogger, author, and speaker. She's a guest on radio in the U.S., Canada, and overseas, as well as a guest on network TV.

I bet if you asked your child to teach you how to play Hopscotch he or she would probably look at you like a deer at a set of headlights. LOL! I might be putting a date on myself, but I, and some of you, remember those old time games. Oh what fun we had. How many parents have taken the time to sit down and make a list of the childhood games they used to play and how to play them? You might think, why should I do that? You would be pleasantly surprised that your child just might want to hear what you used to do as a child, what games you played, and where you spent your time as a child. It would be fun to play some of your childhood games with your child. So with that said, let's take a look at some forgotten children's games, or should I say games that most children of today rarely play.

  • Jack Stone
  • Hop Scotch
  • Musical Chairs
  • Duck, Duck, Goose
  • Marbles
  • Dodge Ball
  • Red Rover
  • Jacks
  • Double Dutch
  • Tag
  • Hang Man
  • Stick Ball
  • Handball
  • Skellzies
  • Chinese Checkers


Listing these games sure brought back some memories. So what's the point? Do you see any techie gadgets mentioned? Did some of you even think about a techie gadget, except a TV? What do these games have in common?

  • They take two or more people to play.
  • They take laughing with a childhood friend or friends.
  • They take learning how to lose like a good sport.
  • They take having to run, jump, reach, kick, and learning how to coordinate.
  • They take working as a team.
  • The items needed to play these games are inexpensive, e.g., balls, jacks, marbles
  • Most of these childhood games can be played outdoors - the fresh air was and is great
  • One of the best things about these games is that they take NO electricity.

What a great idea to have game night at a local community center, church or clubhouse and the only games allowed were some of these forgotten childhood games.

If any of you know of a game not listed please comment and I will put it on the list.

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      Danielle 6 years ago

      I remember some of these games, and they were so enjoyable. Now that you have brought back these memories I will teach my kids some of these games. Thanks

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 6 years ago

      Kristine, Great refreshing hub! You brought back to mind some great enjoyable wholesome childhood games that would greatly benefit this generation of children as well!

      Hmmm...A couple of good old fashioned hand slap/clapping sing song games would be fun as well as One, Two, Three, Red Light & "Mother May I?...

      With so many computer, video & electronic games or as you say "techie gadgets" some of them are missing out on just plain simple fun...

      Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!