Ah, a bit of nostalgia. From a time before computer games. This week’s Listography is the games we used to play as children.
1. Knuckle Bones
We used ones made of metal. I can’t remember the order but there were moves like: Over hand ones, twos, threes and fours; Scatter ones, twos, threes and fours; Clicks; No Clicks; Thread the Needle, Horses in the Stable; Eggs in the Basket.
All bar one would line up at one end of the field. One person is in the middle. They call out someone’s name and that person has to try to get to the other side of the field without getting tackled. If they get tackled they stay in the middle and someone else is called out. If they get to the other side they call ‘Bullrush’ and everyone runs.
The game was forever being banned but we would change the name and keep playing. I remember at least two kids breaking bones playing this. One boy broke his leg so bad they had to get a helicopter to take him to hospital
One person is ‘it’ and they have to try and tag the others. If you were tagged you had to stand still like a statue. The only way you could be freed was for someone to crawl through your legs.
4. Chinese Elastic
Not sure why it was Chinese. A piece of elastic was made into a loop around two peoples legs. It started at the ankles and there was a series of moves you had to do getting ever more difficult. It was further complicated by moving the elastic up to the knees, then the thighs and the waist.
Secondary school brought more sedate games. We would spend our lunchtimes playing 500, a card game for 2 – 6 players. We called the joker ‘Hairy Legs’, and would try a devise ways to tell our partner if we had the card.
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