On next weeks show we are going to be talking about all those playground games that we all loved like British Bulldog and Kiss Chase, plus any imagination games you played. We'd love to hear your stories from the playground, and he's the place to write them!
I do remember British bulldog being played on at least one occasion earlier on. I went to a pretty small C of E village primary School, and due the amount space, on any given playtime 2/3s of the playground was taken up by Football (on a daily basis) we even had a boys v girls came on one occasion... we beat them 5-0, which didn't go down well. We were then challenge to play them at there game (Skittleball if my memory serves me right). We beat them at that as well... Which REALLY didn't go down well! (it was a much closer thing though)...
I remember all kinds of things from Primary school...
One of my earlier memories is of the morning breaktime "fight," where one kid would be nominated to spend their 15 minutes being chased around the playground by seemingly everyone else, trying to avoid being jumped on and getting their arms thumped. Being a fast runner meant I was rarely the chosen victim, fortunately.
We did used to play Bulldog (never used "British") and there was no sense of controversy at the time. It wasn't especially violent, you just had to tag someone to catch them, but I guess there is a bit of a health & safety issue with a couple of dozen kids in a line, sweeping across the entire breadth of the playground at full pelt.
I have particularly strong memories of playing Stuck-In-The-Mud, the Tag/Tig/Touch variation where those tagged had to stop where they were and could only move again when someone else from their team tagged them. The game continued until the person/team who was "it" froze everyone else and won, or until breaktime ended.
Another favourite was 40-40 In (or 1-2-3 In), a combination of Hide & Seek and Tag. The seeker did their count at the place deemed "home" and the hiders had to make their way back there rather than staying where they hid, declaring "40-40 (or 1-2-3) In!" when they made contact. If the seeker found anyone they also had to tag them, so the hiders would try to sneak back to home, getting as close as possible before the inevitable mad dash with the seeker in close pursuit.
In summer, when we were let out onto the playing field rather than the smaller playground, we would often play Bung. This involved two teams standing at opposite ends of the field, with players taking it in turns to throw a ball (usually a hackey-sack) as hard & far as possible towards the opposition, who had to catch it. Sometimes there might be more than one ball in play at a time, sometimes multiple players might do dummy throws to put off the people preparing to run in the direction of the ball, but it was basically long-range catch with scoring.
And of course that all-time favourite activity of huddling in a corner going through each others' swaps of stickers or trading cards or Monster In My Pockets or whatever, negotiating trades.
At Secondary school, we didn't really have a playground let alone playground games. Some of the kids in the higher years had a game which involved throwing the coppers from their loose change across the ground, watching to see if anyone (usually first years who hadn't experienced this yet) noticed and picked up the coins. This would result in jeering calls of "Scab!" being directed at them. Considering the amount this was done, and the only negative repercussions were being briefly taunted by some big kids you didn't know, it was actually worth collecting this free money before heading for the tuck shop.
As for imagination games -- these are something I remember more from playgroup rather than actual school. One particular friend and I would often pretend to be He-Man and Battle Cat, usually with me squatting and growling while he kind of straddled my shoulders. It was especially awkward when we both attempted to waddle in synch to simulate him riding me... There was a wendy house in the corner of the hall and this used to serve as Castle Grayskull (or as Spotty's rocket when we were playing Superted), which could get uncomfortable if we went in there to find some girls already pretending it was a house. Apart from one particular girl, who would agree to be the Sorceress (or Mother Nature) if there was one of these double-bookings. I'm not sure if she was actually interested in playing the part, or just smart enough to realise that if she humoured us for a couple of minutes we'd set off on another adventure soon enough and she could get back to her own games!
The only imagination games I remember from Primary school are playing Spider-Man And His Amazing Friends, where everybody wanted to be Iceman and pretend to change appearance in a block of ice then shoot around on self-generated slides, and a painted row of numbers followed by two parallel lines which was a Speeder Bike storage bay -- basically once you ran up this you came out the end with your hands up in front of you like you were holding handlebars, then you ran full-pelt around the playground like this while weaving around the mighty trees of Endor's forest (which were about the same height as us, and wearing the same uniform)...
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