I have a rare gift in my life: an 89 year-old father-in-law with a sharp memory and a love of sharing his stories with my kids. Last week he was visiting and my son who is obsessed with history asked him about the depression. Sure he talked about bread lines and odd jobs, but more relevant were the descriptions of games he used to play with his friends. They were hard times and kids had to do what they could to entertain themselves. He said if he told his dad he was bored his father’s response was “go chase yourself around the block.” I love it!
Here are 4 games they played during the Great Depression:
1. Duck on a rock – They would put a small rock on a big rock and throw stones to knock the smaller rock off the big rock.
2. Kick the Wicket – One person would throw a stick and everyone would race to to see who could grab the stick first (oddly it had nothing to do with kicking).
3. Hide and Seek – it’s an oldie but a goodie!
4. Monkey Trees – they would run around the neighborhood looking for low branches to hang and swing from. Simple, yet fun and adventurous.
What are some fun, free games you plan on initiating this summer with your kids?