Growing up, games were a huge part of our lives as children. Where today’s kids are into video games, cell phones and other technological advances, our days were spent playing games outside. These old fashioned games usually allowed us to exercise our bodies and our minds and always were great fun. Today’s Kids could surely get some fun out of them!
Here is a list of ten awesome old fashioned games to try out with your modern day kid!
10 Old Fashioned Games for Modern Kids
This is a fun game that used to be a staple in every household. You basically have a group of ten jacks and a small rubber ball. What makes this game so fun is that it is never the same. Every time you play, you get a different experience. Hand eye coordination is a must and you never totally master the game. Hours of fun!
There was a time when marbles was the hottest game in the world. The combination of fun and collecting these colorful balls were enough to keep even the most bored kid in town engaged. If you want to give your kids a great old fashioned game to master, marbles is a fine choice. There are many variations of the rules, but marbles is a simple game to learn and understand.
Many games are created with the premise of helping kids to learn and dominoes is the perfect example. This fun game requires some basic number work and it will help your kid to excel in math. What is more, kids love the game as much as adults. The best part of dominoes is setting them up to fall down after you are through.
Chinese checkers is a fun game that really bears little resemblance to the traditional checker game. Multiple colored marbles, a really cool looking game board and lots of action makes this an easy sell to modern kids. The key is to keep the game board level, however. Otherwise you will have pegs all over the place. Try this one out and build their analytical skills.
Hand ball is a classic playground game that often gets lost in the mix when you think of the traditional games. This is a wonderful game when you want to play an action/exercise based game but don’t have a ton of room. If you like to get your kids moving while still keeping a close eye on them, hand ball is for you.
Kick ball is the most exciting game a kid can play and most everyone can play it pretty well. It is essentially baseball but with a rubber ball and your foot for a bat. The pitcher rolls you the ball and you kick it as hard as you can. Then run the bases and try to make it home. If you love the idea of baseball/softball type games but are afraid of the ball, this game is for you. Kids of all ages love this classic outdoor game.
Thumb war makes a wonderful classic kid game for when you are cooped up. Two kids in a back seat are bound to find trouble if they have nothing to do. Thumb war is awesome because the rules are super simple and they can play it right in their seat belt. This is how many childhood disagreements were solved back in the day. Teach your kids thumb war and they might do the same.
Virtually every little girl should enjoy the fun of hopscotch before they grow up. Hopscotch is a classic for many reasons. It is easy to play. It can done without any money. It can be adapted to change things up rather easily. All of these things adds up to a ton of fun for girls all over the world.
Roll a Bat
This classic bat and ball game is extremely fun for large groups of people. You basically get the fun of batting without having to worry about much defense. You do, however, have to roll the ball from wherever you retrieve it and hit the bat. That is enough to drive you nuts but it also makes for a wonderful game. Whoever is able to hit the bat on a roll first gets to hit next.
Pick Up Sticks
Pick up sticks is a classic game that involves a steady hand, plenty of nerve and a ton of patience. Don’t all of these qualities sound like areas your kids could use some work? That is what makes the game so wonderful. Give this game a shot and you will quickly see them begin to mature before your eyes. (Not really, but you will see progress eventually)