Listography – Games We Used To Play

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.

2. Bullrush
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

3. Statues
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.

5. 500
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.



There’s my list, you can join in Listography by visiting Kate Takes 5, following the rules and linking up.

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4 Responses to Listography – Games We Used To Play

  1. Marijke says:

    Hi Tori,
    I just read your post and it sounds a lot like your game Bull Rush is similar to a game called Red Rover that we played here in Montreal, Canada.

    I’ve started a new website called Games We Used to Play ( and I was hoping you might come by and post your version of Bull Rush. If you do, thank you very much.

  2. Kate Takes 5 says:

    Oo we played Statues but we called it Stuck in the Mud. I love how everyone had the same games with different names!

  3. Great list! I have never heard of knuckle bones but have played the others though we called them different names.

  4. Rebecca says:

    A couple of these sound similar to games we played but with different names. Bull rush sounds a bit like British bulldog. And we played stuck in the mud too. haven’t heard the others though.

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