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A Pocket Full Of Rainbows

When a child plays I remember my games, we played kerbs with a ball, one would throw it and try and hit the kerb then it was your turn, you would both stand on opposite paths.


When a child plays I remember my games, we played red light when one person stands with their face to the wall, the others stand about 20 yards away, the person then says "1,2,3 red light", the others have to move closer each time, if the person turns around and sees you move, you are out of the game.


"Ten green bottles hanging on the wall

Ten green bottles hanging on the wall

And if one green bottle should accidently fall

There'll be nine green bottles hanging on the wall...."

When a child plays I remember my games, we played cricket during those long summer days, with chalk we drew the stumps on the wall with bails across the top, others in other streets just drew the stumps, I was good but not as good as Billy Walldock who smashed six after six, a six was if it went into someone's garden, we sometimes played "six and out", this meant you had to try and keep the rubber ball out of other peoples gardens.

When I was a child I remember my games, we played soldiers marching through the fields, I can see us now walking through fields of gold with a long piece of wooden fencing post, "arms at the ready" "halt" "fire" were words I remember when I was a child marching in line playing games and oh yes I remember them well.

When I was a child I remember my games, building castles of hay, bails stacked so high we jumped from the highest turret, feigning injury we laughed until the the cows came home.


I remember those days as if they were yesterday, I stand and I remember my youth and feel proud because we played and we marched into history. I am older yet not old and still sometimes feel like playing those games that I enjoyed so well in times long gone.

Do you remember, do you wonder, do you dare to play those games that kids no longer play, if so why don't we?

Are we brave, are we able, are we now lost in adulthood that keeps us from the simple things we once knew, for one moment in time, for one second of your life be free again and say "I am free to fly and sore through the sky and be me for just one day"

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johnnydod wrote on January 20, 2015, 1:41 PM

Cor that picture of the homemade thingy (I cant remember what we used to call them) brought it all back to me, I remember making one out of an old set of pram wheels and a box

maxeen wrote on January 20, 2015, 1:54 PM

Loved your picture ,did you make it yourself . You enjoyed your young days,not sure if the kids have such good times today,although you are still a bit of a kid ..

valmnz wrote on January 20, 2015, 3:17 PM

Your childhood seems very similar to mine. I still can't resist a quick jump or two when I see a painted hopscotch.

WorDazza wrote on January 20, 2015, 3:24 PM

Ahhh!! Great memories. Back in the late 70s myself and a couple of mates made a skateboard out of a roller skate and a plank of wood.

Gina145 wrote on January 20, 2015, 5:28 PM

The games you mention are unfamiliar to me but the idea of playing outside is something I remember well. I'm so glad I didn't have all today's technology interfering with my childhood.

NorthernLight wrote on January 20, 2015, 6:35 PM

Heck, you're good at conjuring up childhood memories. Thanks for jogging the memory.

Dragonfairy1 wrote on January 20, 2015, 6:48 PM

what's in the picture lol? I recognise some of the games, and I've no idea when I stopped playing them, I guess as a teenager I was too cool lol.

ison1 wrote on January 20, 2015, 7:59 PM

Oh I remember those games. Red light sounds like What's the time Mr Wolf? Six and out LOL, yep that was our rule :)

Squidwhisperer wrote on January 20, 2015, 8:55 PM

Beautiful - if slightly melancholic - bit, and really love the photos. Yeah, half what you talk of resonates. We also built tree-forts - 10/20/30 feet up in the oaks. And underground forts dug in the clay of unbuilt-on lots - which must have been a touch weird for the grandfathers who'd been in WW1. Nicky-Nicky Nine Doors and the burning bag of shit, Troll beneath the Bridge, Red Rover [in more innocent days]... thanks man for the poke to the memory bank...

Quinbe wrote on January 21, 2015, 12:02 AM

To be a child again - how wonderful that would be - with not a care in the world just knocking bottles off a wall - good morning - It is us that takes these wonderful games away from the kids as we involve them in the new, and modern toys that society provide - we as grandparents should show them how wonderful it can be to just have fun with the trash of the yard - i have my grandson today and we are going to ride tricycle all over the yard, then swim then kick some ball - he is two. happy day

GedWrites wrote on January 21, 2015, 9:33 AM

Yes the box ones had a back rest, now your talking Johnny

GedWrites wrote on January 21, 2015, 9:35 AM

The one in the pic is a one I came across a few years back whilst out walking in the Lake District, I did make a few of my own and helped with my friends and yes I am still a kid at heart.

GedWrites wrote on January 21, 2015, 9:36 AM

haha yes it is a painted one these days, in my younger days the girls used to use chalk

GedWrites wrote on January 21, 2015, 9:37 AM

I remember them well, almost never stayed together and we always came off flying into a fence or someone's garden

GedWrites wrote on January 21, 2015, 9:38 AM

Everyone remembers the games they used to play, I wonder what younger ones today will remember .. possibly indoors playing on computers? emoticon :smile:

GedWrites wrote on January 21, 2015, 9:39 AM

Yes you could do a better one than this and be more descriptive I'm sure

GedWrites wrote on January 21, 2015, 9:40 AM

Everyone remembers their games, I remember scraped knees mostly emoticon :smile:

GedWrites wrote on January 21, 2015, 9:42 AM

haha someone else played six and out, we should set up a club "The six and out club" a club of great memories.

GedWrites wrote on January 21, 2015, 9:44 AM

Thanks for reading, we called it nicky nocky nine doors, very similar, I hate to think what burning bag of shit is.

GedWrites wrote on January 21, 2015, 9:45 AM

I hope you have a great day and teach him a related game that you used to play.

Squidwhisperer wrote on January 21, 2015, 9:48 AM

Brown paper bag, toss in some dog turds, place it on the doorstep of a disliked neighbour, set it alight, ring the doorbell. The "aim" of this little exercise is get the neighbour to stomp out the flames with his foot. I'm a little embarrassed to say I watched it work. Mr May. Man did that guy have a temper. Once chased us down the street with a pitchfork...

Gina145 wrote on January 21, 2015, 10:24 AM

Possibly, but that doesn't sound very exciting. Kids should be outside playing in groups, not one child and his computer.

soupdragon wrote on January 21, 2015, 3:19 PM

My favourite game as a child was the 'jog box.' It involved getting inside a big cardboard box (we didn't get hold of one often - only when Mum had a new washing machine delivered or something) and your friends tipped the box up and down with you inside it and shook it around. (Well, we didn't have Alton Towers and stuff back then!)

GedWrites wrote on January 22, 2015, 7:34 AM

Nothing like a big box for a tumble and for hide and seek

agvulpes wrote on February 3, 2015, 6:37 AM

When a child plays 'I remember my games' !!!
Billy carts yes, cricket yes ( you had bails wow lol ) we were too poor.
How about the 'News Paper Footballs' If we were lucky we had an old sock to wrap the 'ball' up in :)

Coffee wrote on February 26, 2015, 3:22 AM

I was talking to my hubby to be just the other day about how great the school summer holidays were. Oh to be able to have just one week back like that...

cheri wrote on March 7, 2015, 2:27 AM

That brings me to the childhood memories of my three kids..

arthurchappell wrote on March 7, 2015, 5:34 AM

I still feel the urge to play hopscotch when I see the grid design of it chalked out on a pavement

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 13, 2015, 12:16 PM

Oh yes, games from the past , from my childhood. My sister and I both had big imaginations and created our own games that we had a blast playing. Today, we still remind each other of those happy times of games and fun play.