The Victoria Day long weekend is just behind us and it is common knowledge that it signifies the unofficial beginning of summer.
I spent much of my long weekend mowing acres of lawn and I found myself reminiscing about childhood and how many active games we could have going simultaneously with this much mowed grass.
As an adult, badminton, volleyball, horseshoes and croquet cross my mind but I am being whimsical and envisioning Ring around the Rosie, Hopscotch and Red Rover instead.
As I continued riding my mower around and around, I found myself wondering if children still played some of the physically challenging outdoor games that we enjoyed as youngsters. Am I being too cynical when I presume that more hours are spent “gaming” on an electronic device as opposed to participating in active social games with friends and neighbours?
I also found myself being curious about the origins of some of our childhood activities so I did some research.
- Tag originated from Europe and later moved to Great Britain and USA. Today, Tag has many versions played in different countries. Tag is a simple game. Someone is chosen as “It” and they are supposed to chase all the other players until they can “Tag” one of the other players.
- Hopscotch originated in Britain during the Roman Empire. Traditionally the hopscotch “board” is drawn on the ground with chalk and numbers from one to ten are placed in the boxes. A stone is thrown and…