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Apr 29 2009

Get Outside!

by Nancy M

hopscotchSpring is here, and despite the rain and ridiculous amount of pollen in the air, this is the time to get outside and enjoy the warm days before the onset of the sweltering Georgia summer–unless, of course, you’re allergic to pollen. If you don’t suffer from allergies, then grab the kids, head outside, and play some fun outdoor games. What to play, you ask? I recently came across this website and found it loaded with games that I played as a child. Games like Ghost in the Graveyard, Four Square, TV Tag, Capture the Flag and more are all listed with instructions. If you do suffer from allergies, it’s a fun website to look over and reminisce about those school yard days of yore.

The Library also has books that can help motivate you to get outside:

sidewalkgamesSidewalk Games by Glen Vecchione
runjumphideslidesplashRun, Jump, Hide, Slide, Splash: The 200 Best Outdoor Games Ever by Joe Rhatigan

What were your favorite games as a child?

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Alison W. April 29, 2009 at 2:52 PM

I was queen of the tether ball courts at my elementary school!

Lesley B April 29, 2009 at 5:13 PM

We played Jailbreak all summer, late into the night. During the hot part of the day, we played cards inside – Slap, Spoon and War.

Lynne C April 30, 2009 at 12:58 PM

My favorite was hide-n-seek in the evenings after supper. That and throwing pebbles into the air to see if we could fool a bat flying around into diving for it.

Amanda L May 1, 2009 at 9:22 AM

We used to play kick-the-can. If we dented up the coffee can quickly, we would beg our parents to drink more so we would have a can to play with!

David May 1, 2009 at 1:17 PM

Am I the only one who played “Statues”?

Tamika S. May 2, 2009 at 10:32 AM

LOL…Kids don’t have fun like this anymore.

Veronica W. May 13, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Obviously there are no New Yorkers in the group. I LIVED on the handball court.

Alison W. May 14, 2009 at 11:32 AM

We had handball courts in California too…I just might challenge you to a game!

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