Classic games for young children.
My kids have spent most of their free time this past week playing classic childhood games – tag, hide and go seek, digging in the sandbox, pretending they are at the beach by running around a local beach volleyball pit we like to visit when no adults are playing, and making all sorts of interesting concoctions out of dirt and water in our patio. The weather was absurdly nice, and we spent most of our free time outside – mostly away from home, since the complex where we live doesn’t have a lot of space where children are allowed to run and play. Eight-year-old Emma has a friend at school who is very good at origami, and she has been teaching Emma and several other kids how to make swans, complicated bowls, and more – and Emma spends a lot of time planning very complex origami projects.
Classic Games for Young Children
Here are a few classic childhood games my kids play over and over:
- Tag. They often create handicaps to make this game fair for the wide age range – maybe Anna is it and they all have to crawl, instead of run, for example.
- Hide and go seek. I remember hiding in the same spot over and over again as a kid, and my kids do this also. Just as I remember from my own childhood, they still look carefully before going to the favorite spot. My siblings and I took this to the extreme – one of our favorite hiding spots was behind a French door with see-through glass panels. The person who was “it” ALWAYS opened the door to look behind, and never looked through the panels.
- Mud concoctions. My kids mostly play at “science” experiments that involve grass and flowers and mud, but they do occasionally cook mud “food” as well.
- Role play. This week leprechauns ranked high on the pretend play list, since St. Patrick’s Day was Monday. Here my four-year-old is pretending to be a sleeping leprechaun, because apparently you can catch leprechauns when they are asleep.