For some reason, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I used to do as a kid. It’ll either come up in a conversation or some random memory will pop into my head. Here’s just a few things I did.
Also the pictures I’m using don’t really have anything to do with the things below. I just thought they were cute 🙂
Rode our bikes around the neighborhood – We were lucky to have a ton of kids our age in our neighborhood growing up. We rode our bikes up and down that street countless times. We also rode them to the convenience store during the summer to get ice cream.
Rollerblading and rode scooters – We had a huge concrete driveway that was flat so it was the perfect place to blade and scoot. A lot of the times we’d get chalk and make roads, parking lots, stores, etc. so we could pretend like we were driving around town.
Played basketball and tennis – We had a basketball hoop in the driveway so we played a lot of games of horse, pig, and around the world. The driveway was also a great place to draw a line down the middle for a pretend tennis net. I think we stopped playing so much after a neighbor broke a window 🙂
Played Andy Over, Jackpot, and Red Rover – In the backyard, we had a big metal fence that had one gate and didn’t go around the entire yard so it was a good place to play Andy Over. You had to try to run away from the team that caught the ball without getting caught, otherwise you were on their team. Jackpot was where you throw a ball into the air and yell an amount that it’s worth. You don’t want bankrupt! Of course, Red Rover is a classic. I had my throat checked a couple of times when I couldn’t break the chain.
Kept cool – Since we didn’t have a big pool growing up, we kept cool however we could during the summer. My dad got us a cow trough when we were younger which was great for whirlpools and tidal waves. We also set up the sprinkler and slip ‘n slide many times. Luckily several of our neighbors had nicer pools so we went over there quite a bit too. In high school we got a small above ground pool so that was where I spent a lot of my time during the summers.
Played on the swing set and fort – When we were younger, we had a small metal swing set which hosted countless games of don’t touch the grass/hot lava. When we got older, we built a fort with a swing set that was home to many more games of don’t touch the grass plus some mud fests where we would soak the ground underneath the swing set and play in the mud. We also had a few camp outs in the fort.
Lawn mower rides – My dad hooked up the wagon to the back of the lawn mower and let us drive it around in a low gear. We would pretend it was a ride at the fair. I remember one time I was looking back to make sure my passenger was still there and I ran into the swing set – whoops 🙂
Played with the animals – We had a few dogs growing up and I had a ton of cats. I loved sitting out in the garage when I had kittens. I would spread my wind jacket across my lap and pet the kittens until they feel asleep.
Played in the field – We had a big field behind our house that would be planted with wheat or haygrazer. We’d hit golf balls back there and go pick them up with the shagger. We also built some awesome forts in the haygrazer by pressing it down to make little tunnels. There was also a road out in the middle of the field that had a few trees on it that were good for building forts. My friend and I totally took over my brother’s fort and did our Christmas gift exchange there lol.
Played on the computer – Home computers started getting more popular when I was little. My Papa was really good with technology so we always had some of the cooler computer games. I remember playing with paint, Block Breaker, and pinball a lot and doing some typing games. Later I moved onto computer games like Backyard Baseball, The Oregon Trail, and Toy Story. As I got older I played Where in the World is Carmen San Diego, Roller Coaster Tycoon, and Neopets. Needless to say, I can see how easy it is to spend hours playing video games because they suck you in!
Of course, I played with my baby dolls and Barbies and did plenty of dressing up too. I also did some crafting and made things in my Easy Bake Oven and in the kitchen with my mom.
I’m sure there are a million other things we did but those are just some of the ones that stick out the most. I’d say I had a pretty great childhood 🙂