Ten on Tuesday
Ten Favorite Games from my Childhood
This one takes me way back, which is of course the idea.
- Hide and seek. Does anyone play this any more? I can hardly remember a month when I didn't play it, starting at age five.
- Jump rope. Same question. We mostly played a game called donuts, don't ask me why, which involved various feats of jumping one-footed, eyes shut, fast and slow.
- Life, the board game. My friend Nelie and I played at her house at least once a week. Several times I ended up with six or more kids. I'm glad this was not a sign of things to come.
- Go Fish, the first card game I ever learned, and still a good one.
- Chinese jump rope. The "rope" was essentially a very long rubber band that went around two players' ankles, and a third player between them had to tangle her feet in it and then extract them in various ways.
- Qubic, three-dimensional tic-tac-toe.
- Sorry, Trouble, Aggravation, Parcheesi. I've probably forgotten a few of its names.
- Canasta. My grandmother taught me her favorite version when I was about nine.
- Tantalizer. This game was in the back of my fifth-grade classroom, and I only got to play it once or twice. It involved doing tasks like putting small rings onto hooks — but you had to do it all while looking in a mirror. I've never seen it since.
- Ghost. My favorite for long car rides, but I've played it in other places as well.