Does anyone remember the game where you would form 2 lines facing each other and put a can in between the two lines, call a color and the teams would send out the person who had that color to snatch the can and run back to their team. Was there a song that we would sing…
Does anyone remember “PUSH-O’S”? A wooden milk crate with a 2X4 nailed as a “runner” with the front end of roller skates on the front and the back half was nailed to the rear of the 2X4. Then you would customize it by carefully nailing bottle caps that could spell your initials, or your street. Sometimes you could get the speed up and crawl inside the milk crate givig the imression that no one was on the PUSH-O. No brakes, no helmet, no elbow pads…just lotsa fun!!
does anyone remember a game where one kid stood against a wall and you stood on the crub and throw a ball at him??
Does anyone remember “Chinese Jumprope” 3RD grade version back in the 80’s? We used long elastics like 5ft connected around two other persons ankles, and jumped into a large circle and then we did some kind of stepping in and out and jumping over . Does this sound familiar to anyone????
Does anyone remember WAR! aka “I Decalre War On…” ? One kid with a ball was it, and he declared war on one of the other kids, each of whom represented a country. The kids stood in a circle surrounding the kid who was it. He would yell “I declare war on___”, bounce the ball as high as he could, and all the kids would run as fast, and as far away from the kid who was it, as they could. The one kid who’s country was declared war upon had to run back, catch the ball, and I think yell “freeze” That’s about all I remember. Can anyone fill in the blanks? Thanks
Does anyone remember the game stories? It was played with a spaldeen. You had to make up stories for each letter of the alphabet and turn your leg overt the ball. Like — One day just As I was About to Approach my Aunt Amy’s Apartment, etc.
Hello I am from Iowa. I am looking for those who played Jacks the way I learned. We had four jacks and a ball. The game went all the way up to twelveies which actually meant you had gone through twelve rounds of all kinds of challenging feats. Here are some things I remember. African Americans may remember this style. After the ones through fours. All these happen while the ball is in the air with one bounce. fives: pick up one jack and put down another Sixes: Dot each jack with your fingers Sevens: pick up each jack put it in your other hand Eights: pick up a jack and knock on the floor Nines: slide each jack into a cave made by your other hands Tens: put the jacks separately between the fingers of the non ball hands. Then drop them into your ball hand during each bounce Elevens: move them from one to side the other Twelves: This could be done 2 ways: One was the around the world in which you must pick up the jack and circle the ball before catching it. The second was more challenging. You would pick up one jack and throw it up with the ball your other hand must catch the jack and put it down then grab another jack —yes with only one bounce of the ball. After that you would be in the twos. You would start from your twelves and work your way backwards to the twos ( you don’t do level one in round two) In round three you would do everthing with three jacks and then the one extra. When you got to round six you would do all kinds of tricks and stuff. No fixies, touchies, no doovers. Does anyone remember this kind of jacks? We used to have serious tournaments at my day care. you can reach me at bettycandrews [at] yahoo [dot] com.
I don’t even know if this belongs here, because these weren’t games, exactly – there was a whole group of physical things we used to do as kids in Queens in the 50’s that were fun. ‘Most everyone remembers the trick of leaning the side of your hand against a wall and pressing on it – when you stepped away from the wall, your hand seemed to magically raise all by itself. But the one that I’m really “nostalging” on lately was giving each other “the chills”. There was a whole ritual where you stood behind your subject and recited a sort of pseudo-poem as you traced patterns on their back gently with a finger. At the end of the ritual, your subject shivered with glee. The ritual, as I remember it, went something like this: “X marks the spot” (you’d trace an X from each shoulder to the opposite side of their waist) “A dot, a dot” (two light taps on either side of the X) “A line and a line” (two lines, parallel to the ground, about 6 inches apart) “And a BIG question mark.” (Trace a large question mark, ending with the point just above the hips.) “Trails leading up . . . ” (You’d trace a wiggly line up the person’s spine with two fingers) “Trails leading down.” (Same wiggly lines go back down the back.) “Sea breeze . . .” (You’d blow on the person’s neck.) “. . .and a BIG squeeze.” (You’d put your thumb and forefinger on either side of your subject’s neck and pull back towards the spine with the lightest, most feathery pressure possible.) Does anyone remember this and if so, did I remember the entire ritual (I’m sure it varied from block to block!)