Active Summertime Fun

Summer’s here and with it comes memories of some of the fun games we used to play while growing up. We played outside, it seems all day until dark. We did all the usual things like riding our bicycles, jumping rope, playing wiffle ball, softball and baseball. We had chores and picked berries for our moms to make pies and jam. We went fishing and flower picking and decorated the tiny cemetery at the edge of the woods. We went swimming and caught lightning bugs. We explored our surroundings, gazed at the clouds describing what we saw and galloped everywhere on our pretend horses.

We played together and had such fun out in the backyard playing games like Hide and Go Seek; Statue (Swing Statue); Red Light-Green Light; Annie Annie Over; Red Rover; Freeze Tag; Wheelbarrow races where one was the wheelbarrow and one held your ankles and raced you to the finish line; we sometimes used real wheelbarrows and one was the rider and one the driver—then we switched so everybody had a turn.

Statues: One player is chosen to be “it.” He or she takes each of the other players in turn and, holding them by a wrist or hand, swings them in a circle and then lets them go. The swung player must freeze as soon as possible and hold that position as long as possible. The first player to break the freeze becomes “it “The entertainment value comes from seeing the strange positions that players end up in and watching them try to hold those positions.

Red Light/Green Light: One person is designated as “it” and plays the part of the stop light. The other kids line up about 20 feet away from “it.” Facing away from the other kids, ’it’ calls out “Green light!” The other kids move toward “it.” “It” then calls out “Red light!” and turns around quickly. Any of the kids who are caught moving must go back to the start line. Play continues until someone reaches and tags “it.” That person then becomes “it.” The trick to winning this game is to move smoothly so that you can freeze instantly until you are within reach of “it.”

Red Rover: Two teams. Form two lines facing each other about 30 feet apart. The team chosen to go first calls for a runner from the other line saying, Red Rover, Red Rover, let Bonni come over. Bonni then takes off running and tries to break through the other line. If she breaks through the line, she chooses one of the kids to take back to her line. If she doesn’t break through she stays. The game ends when everyone is in one line.
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