There was Ring Around A Rosie ~ the game where falling down became on art form.
A personal favorite of mine was Hopscotch. My friends and I would draw our hopscotch grid on the sidewalk in front of my house. Some chalk and a few walnut sized stones and we were all set for hours of fun.
Who remembers Red Rover, Red Rover, send (Marie) on over? The person called runs to the other line and attempts to break the chain (formed by the linking of hands). If the person called fails to break the chain, this player joins the team that called Red Rover. But, if the player successfully breaks the chain, he may capture either of the two players whose link was broken by the dash, and bring them back to his original team. Teams take turns calling out Red Rover and challenging a player on the opposing team. The game ends when all players end up on one team. Such fun ~ but watch out ~ you can get hurt playing this one!
Then there was Blind Man's Bluff, Flashlight Tag, Statues, and Mother May I? We played outside all the time ~ from dawn 'til dusk ~ good times!
I found this neat website called grandparents.com ~ there's all kinds of great info about outdoor games and a ton of other good time stuff too!
Such sweet memories of my childhood ~ playing with my siblings and my friends. Memories are such a special thing to have. I'm so glad that I have so many good ones. The events of this past weekend have challenged me ~ once again ~ to make sure my children and grandchildren have good memories too! Good memories definitely help you through the bad times.