Thursday, March 9, 2017

SOLSC Day 9 -- Rosy Bridge Rover Light

Slice of Life Story Challenge -- Day 9  #SOL17

"Ring around the rosy
Pocket full of posies
Ashes, ashes
We all fall down."

Does anyone remember the old games that children used to play outside, a long time ago? When I was a kid, we played London Bridge is Falling Down; Ring Around the Rosy; Red Rover, Red Rover; Red Light, Green Light; and probably a few others that I no longer can recall. None of those games required any equipment to play. No bats, balls, shin guards, nets, or helmets. (Though, now that I think about it -- we really could have benefited from having some protective gear playing Red Rover, Red Rover. That game could get ROUGH.) And certainly there was no technology or devices needed for any of those games. (Never mind the fact that those didn't exist yet.) No, all we needed for our amusement was our imagination and good sportsmanship. Those games were all operated exclusively by kid power.

"London Bridge is falling down,
Falling down, falling down.
London Bridge is falling down,
My fair lady!

Here's a prisoner I have got,
I have got, I have got,
Here's a prisoner I have got,
My fair lady!

Take a key and lock her up,
Lock her up, lock her up.
Take a key and lock her up,
My fair lady!"

Do children still play any of those games these days? I know that my grandkids occasionally play Red Light, Green Light, but I've never seen them play any of the other games I mentioned. I don't know if my grandchildren have even heard of any of the other games. (I guess I should ask them and find out, right?) But I absolutely have many fond memories of playing all those games from my childhood. 

"Red rover, red rover,
Send Johnny right over!"

Thinking of the memories of those activities from my childhood makes me wonder....What are the games that today's kids are going to have fond memories of?

I also ponder....Are my generation's games going to be another thing that gets lost in time?

JudyK  March 9, 2017


  1. We would get all the kids in the neighborhood to play. even when we were a little older, we'd be sure to add games like "Duck, Duck, Goose" for the littlest ones. I don't think this sort of thing really happens anymore. Too bad. It sure built a sense of community.

    1. Yes, Adrienne, all the kids on our block would get together for these games, and sometimes kids from around the block on the next street, too. Those were fun times.

  2. I used to hate Red Rover because they knew I was a weak link and would always come through me and and everyone got mad. But red light green light was my favorite. I think we learned a lot of social skills too!

    1. I was the weak link in Red Rover, too haha. We definitely learned social skills!

  3. Our 5th graders are currently obsessed with Sharks and Minnows, a childhood favorite of mine.

    1. Oooh, Sharks and Minnows? I don't know that one! I'll have to look it up. ~JudyK


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