Thanks Annie for this one. I actually had to think. I mainly remember childhood as either dance lessons, gymnasitics, and then finally for many many years, swim practice. So I came home from school and went straight to practice. So not too much time for games. I was a serious youngster!
But before swimming.... I do remember.... kickball... our neighborhood group of kids LOVED to play kickball. we were blessed to live on two back facing cul-de-sacs so there were always kick ball games going on. And woods near by with a log cabin play house where we pretended to be frontier folks.
Later when hand held games became the rage - I had a Frogger and Pac Man that I loved and took with me to swim meets. We blew through some batteries. And then there were the massive UNO games.... Rarely could be get through a game before someone had to leave to go swim their event. But there wasn't any cheating - we just stopped, went to cheer them on then came back.
Nowadays I look at my stepson with his smart phone and wonder how I survived. I had a separate piece of equipment for each game I had. We thought we were so cool. Adn when Nintendo came out - lord we were the bomb. Now I look at it and think... how SLOW. But it wasn't then.
I do remember some board games - Monopoly with my grandmother. We loved to play that game. and Sorry! with my Mom!!!
Funny - I never learned how to play cards until they were on the computer. My first solitare game was an electronic version. to this day I have no idea how to set up a real card deck to play. sad isn't it.
so thanks for this blast into my past Annie!!
Personally I feel that something is lost along with the 'advancements' in entertainment and game playing with our kids. When I was young, every game was 'action' oriented and involved being outside and playing with others. I worry that the tsunami of electronic devices is robbing our kids of social interaction necessary to development.
Like Dennis, our games were 'action' oriented and our games were not "out of a box" but were sometimes adapted to our own rules. Annie-I-over/Annie-come back, hide and seek, kick the can, leg wrestling, etc. were "quick" games that didn't take a lot of time--or we could take as much time as we had to play. My boys' games were mostly sports oriented--playing basketball or volleyball, etc. Quite different from your electronic games, Suzanna.
Great Story Suzanna, I had fun remembering my experiences too - playing those games like Monopoly and Sorry. They really have passed down through the years. I was remembering some Jump Rope Rhymes too and interestingly, the Cinderella Rhyme has passed down through the years also. I remember it and my grandchildren have jumped rope to the same one!