While shopping for some games as gifts from Angel Tree, I realized that many games today are electronic games. It made me start thinking about my childhood days and the games we used to play.
Because we were poor, many of our games were free or very cheap. I remember one of our favorite indoor games was playing a card game called “Go Fishing” or “Go Fishing.” It is usually played with two to five players. Usually both adults and children would join in a game of going fishing.
Using a standard deck of cards, 7 cards are dealt to each of the players. The rest of the deck is spread out in the center of the table. The first player will ask another player to give them their cards of a particular rank. For example, “Give me all your queens.” The requesting player cannot ask for a card that he does not have in his hand.
If the requested player has cards of the requested rank, he turns them over and the requesting player wins another turn. If the requested player does not have cards of the requested rank, he says “go fishing” or “go fishing”. The requesting player then draws a card from the group in the center of the table.
When a player has four cards of a certain rank, then he has “a book” and places that book face up in front of him on the table. When a player runs out of cards, they draw a card from the supply and play continues until all the cards are gone. At that point, the game ends and the player with the most books wins.
We had several different card games that we could play with the same deck of cards.
When the weather was nice and we could play outside, we would entertain ourselves with a neighborhood baseball or softball game or pick up a stick and draw a game of scotch on the dirt or in a sandy area.
We lived in a rural area and our preference was to play outside. We would take walks in the woods and go down to the nearby pool on a hot day.
Today, children start out as very young children with learning DVDs, television entertainment, and as they get older, all the video games appear that consume hours and hours of their time.
That is not to say that these games cannot be shared between adults and children. For example, Mario Kart Wii is a game that both racing fan dad and kids love.
Learning DVDs can help your child get ahead of things like their AB-Cs even before they start getting kinder care.
And even before that, parents can get an entertaining DVD that helps the child learn to go to the toilet.
Girls still get dolls; they are simply more sophisticated. Today’s dolls are almost like a real baby. Years ago, families had so many children that I suppose we had something real to learn about what babies really do.
Young children still have toy trucks, but I guess you don’t have to push them by hand anymore.
There is nothing too good or bad about the old and the present, yet sometimes it’s fun to look back and compare. It’s even fun to share some of the older games with your kids and play them together.