Facing the stoop a kid yells out Red Light Green Light, 123, while the kids behind him run as far as they can.. May I take a Giant Step? Yes, yes you may… don’t remember the rules of these games. We played statues by one person standing center and spinning the other kids in turn in a circle by their hands till they let go and however they stopped or landed, they had to freeze into position and not move. We played war with a chalk piechart of country names and you bounced the ball in the country you declared war on. What a hoot. Great website….I’ll be sending these games and rhymes to my other fortysomething friends from Queens!
Does anyone remember playing Giant Steps? And I had great fun playing punchball, red light green light, red rover, potsy, stoop ball, I declare war on …., hit the penny, hot potato and other city kid games. We really used our imaginations, got lots of exercise, and learned how to get along with others and organize ourselves. I feel sorry for the kids today. They are so programmed by adults.
How about Potsy? You make a 8 boxes and you use 2 bobby pins hooked together or keys and throw them in a box one at a time 1 – 8 and you can’t step on the lines. When you complete 1 – 8 you go backwards 8 – 1 and when you complete that you own a box of your choosing and no one can step on it throughout the game. We spent hours playing Potsy.
Good games, Red Light Green Light and Red Rover. And I was a hopscotch expert. Remember kickball? We played it at school, especially the girls, who were not as good as the boys at softball. Then when we were at home, in the absence of a team for kickball, my brother and I used to play “Kick the Ball Over the House”. I’m not sure how many windows we broke (at least one, I’m sure), and it was murder on the roof shingles and yard plants. What fun memories.
I remember Red Light Green Light and statues that was great. How about Red Rover Red Rover let —come over. Round and Round the ice box who he’s pick no one knows – to start hide and seek. Hop scotch. If we dared put a hop scotch on the road we had to scrub it off after we were through with it. Ball Games – Ordinary moving. the we used to play Famous people remember give the initials of the person and the other persons had to guess who it. If you got it you got to be the one giving the initials.