As adults, one thing we long for the most is the beautiful days of our childhood. The current generation surely misses out on all the games we played, the memories we made, and the time spent reading.
Today, most kids spend their time lost in mobile phones, video games, and other entertainment gadgets. Little do they know about the unfathomable joy that playing simple games like hiding and seeking with our friends gave us. The adrenaline rush from outdoor games is enormous, and kids learn numerous social skills too in the process. If you are longing for the good old days just like us, let’s take a walk down memory lane and revisit the games that most of us played as kids.
Hide and Seek
This game needs absolutely no introduction. We can say without an iota of doubt that it’s one of the most popular children’s games worldwide. All we needed were a bunch of friends and a few places to hide. The fun went on for hours, and the kids lost track of time. The beauty of the game lies in its simplicity, where there is one catcher who counts till a particular number while the other kids look for a hiding place.
The catcher then goes around finding the other playmates one by one. While the one they catch first is the catcher the next time around, and the last one to catch will be the winner of the game. We think everyone had played this game at some point in their lives, groaned in disappointment when declared a catcher, and whooped in delight when declared a winner!
Yet another fun game that has no age restrictions and not many rules restricting gameplay is the musical chairs. All you needed were a few chairs and a bunch of friends. Place the chairs in a circle while ensuring that the number of chairs is one less than the number of people playing the game. All the participants run around the chairs while the music plays and sit when the music stops. The person without a chair loses. This goes on until there is only one person and one chair left.
Tug Of War
Nobody ever gets bored of a tug of war. Tug of War is one of the most fun-filled games to play out in the sun. Divide your players into two teams, and the one player standing at the front will hold one end of the rope and pull hard. The more players you have, the more fun it is going to be.
The tussle and the tugging would continue till everyone fell over one top of another over the marked lines separating the two teams. The one team that can stand firm and not relent under pressure will be the winner. This is one of the best games to check the strength of the children.
This is another fun game where the children sit either in a row or in a circle. The first child sitting in the circle will whisper a lengthy sentence in the ears of the next child. The whispering-relay will continue till it reaches the ears of the last child. The last child will then shout aloud the lengthy sentence. The game turns out to be particularly amusing as invariably the children whisper the wrong words, and it adds to the hilarity and fun quotient of the game.
Games like these are sure to bring back childhood memories. Even if you are an adult, you can relive those precious days by playing with your kids or even with your friends. It would be fun to play and think of the good old days when all you would think about was when it would be evening, and you would rush out to meet your friends and play your favorite games.
It is also important to teach some of these games to your kids. And this is important not just to make sure they get some outdoor time and look beyond their video games but also to learn how to socialize with their peers. These games also help teach numerous social skills and problem-solving skills essential for a child’s overall development. So, are you ready to play these games all over again with your little ones? Do let us know in the comments section!