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Old 08-15-2022, 06:20 PM
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I'm reading a book about incorporating more fun into your life. Each day you read a short blip and it poses a question or something to think about.

Today it asks, "What did you do for fun as a kid?" I have to be honest....I had a hard time thinking about it! I think I had pretty strict parents and we did a lot of reading and music practicing.

I know I enjoyed...
-playing with dolls with my sisters (spent hours and hours doing this)
-playing teacher/school by myself
-putting on an occasional play with my sisters
-singing/dancing with friends

What about you?


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Old 08-15-2022, 06:25 PM
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I had a doll house that I LOVED!

I also loved to read and play school. Shopping (although I didn't buy things) was fun too! We didn't have a mall where I lived. The closest was 30 minutes away. Often on Friday nights, my mom and I would drive the 30 minutes, go to Fazoli's and then walk around the mall and some other stores before heading home.

What's the book called?
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Old 08-15-2022, 06:33 PM
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I played outside a lot, especially at the playground next door: swings, monkey bars, merry go round, slide, catch, bike riding.

In the summer I was at the beach most days.

At friends’ houses we played board games, climbed trees, or just talked and laughed.

I think I’m still a kid at heart!
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Old 08-15-2022, 06:41 PM
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I'd love to know the name of the book, too!

I had a truly, truly idyllic childhood. 7 children. Never a dull moment and never a quiet house.

*Went swimming every single day in the summer
*Ran through the sprinklers
*Built treehouses with my brothers.
*Played basketball with my dad in my driveway.
*Played football on the front lawn with my brothers.
*Played school and dolls and paper dolls by myself.
*Spent HOURS playing with Little People.
*Listened to music (LP's) and rocked in our rocking chairs.
*Built forts with pillows/blankets.
*Watched 8mm movies with the whole family about 2x a year.
*Put on plays with my 2 brothers.
*Set up Monopoly games that lasted for days.
*Pretended I was a trapeze artist on my swings.
*Drew with chalk on a giant chalkboard (not sure where my mom got it)
*Slept out on the porch on summer nights. Sometimes slept on the lawn.
*Caught fireflies in the summertime
*Played tennis at the tennis courts with my brothers and my dad
*Went golfing with my dad.
*In the winter, went sledding on a street they blocked off right near my house.
*Went to my friends' houses and played games.
*Roller skated and skateboarded on my block. Also to my friends' houses as I got older.
*Road our green machines up/down our sidewalk/block.
*Rode my 10 speed around my town.
*Played kickball games and hide and seek with all the neighborhood kids.
*Played Red Rover with neighborhood kids.
*Went turtle hunting with my family on country roads in KS
*Went swimming in the sandpit.

Oh, my goodness...I could go on and on and on. The adventures we had!!

SO many memories. Such a great childhood. I am truly blessed. I was never bored!

Thank you for posting this question. I needed this tonight!
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Old 08-15-2022, 06:47 PM
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My imagination and the outside world were my best friends growing up. Also read a lot of books. Anything to escape.


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Old 08-15-2022, 06:48 PM
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We played outside with friends a lot because my mom didn’t want us inside. It was a small house with six kids.

We played at the park, went bike riding, ice skating, went to the library. It was a small town and perfect for having freedom. We spent a lot of time at the pool in the summer.

When it was time for dinner my mom would stand in the back porch and yell our names. The whole neighborhood could hear.
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Old 08-15-2022, 06:50 PM
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Reading these makes me happy.

The book is called Chase the Fun: 100 Days to Discover Fun Right Where You Are by Annie F. Downs. I've only read the first two pages and it seems a bit fluffy, so I can't fully recommend it yet! BUT, I think it's based off of her book That Sounds Fun, which I've read parts of and found it pretty good.
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Old 08-15-2022, 06:54 PM
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One blessing of being an only child is that I've always known how to entertain myself . I remember my mom marveling when I was little at how long I could sustain attention playing with my dolls or stuffed animals. I loved dolls especially. To me, Barbies weren't "real dolls" . I would make up elaborate stories and act them out.

At family events, we were always playing board and card games. I also didn't have any cousins (on the side of the family we spent time with) and thus learned to play the "real" games very young! To this day, we play cards most days when I visit home.

When I was in 4th grade, we moved to a quieter neighborhood with dead end streets. There were several other kids on the street. I would go out on my bike and see who was available to play. We'd often make up absurd "sports" games- like playing "kickball," but we'd be on roller blades and using a tennis racket/smaller ball . A couple of years in, one of the girls got a pool and we spent a lot of time there.

I knew to come home when the street lights came on. I didn't need to call and say which house we were at or give updates or anything like that. Most times I didn't even announce I was leaving the house- I'm sure my parents would just look to see if the bike was there if they were looking for me. Parents today would NEVER. Such a different time. I feel sorry that the younger generations don't have that. And I have to think that having everything so structured and losing out on all of that "make your own fun" experiences has negative impacts as well.
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Old 08-15-2022, 06:59 PM
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ride bike
climb trees
swing on the swing set
play with barbie dolls
play in best friend's treehouse
go swimming
take dance classes and practice steps at home
play hide and seek
look at the Sears Wish Book and make a list of what I wanted for Christmas
jump rope
jump on a pogo stick
roller skate on the street and at the rink
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Old 08-15-2022, 07:20 PM
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Read many books
Played with dolls/Barbies/Dawn dolls
Played softball/kickball between our house and the neighbors. The corners of each house served as bases.
Rode bike
Roller skated
Played jacks- does anyone play today?
Board games


We were able to leave the house and be back at meal times and dark.


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Old 08-15-2022, 07:21 PM
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I was an only child who spent my free time with the neighborhood gang—whoever wanted to play. We were always outside.

Rode bikes
Dodgeball in the street
Skated
Hide and seek
Stilts
Took a zillion swimming lessons
Kickball
Climbed trees
Ran through sprinklers
Talked to each other
Went to the beach (when an adult took us)
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Old 08-15-2022, 07:43 PM
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I used to ride bikes everywhere until the street lights came on. We would play in the railroad yard and yell at the engineers to throw us chalk. In the summer we would bike to the swim club. When I was in jr high we would take the train downtown and go to the museums and watch the sailboats.
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Old 08-15-2022, 07:44 PM
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So many things, so I'll narrow it down to the top two:

1. I rode my bicycle everywhere...miles upon miles exploring places, going to the store, movies, etc. with my friends. Once my older brothers tied all the bicycles together in a big line and then we all tried to get it going. There were three brothers and their friends involved in this one. We got as far as around the corner of the driveway and into the street before I, who had been deemed not having enough muscles and was told to sit in the red wagon at the end of it tipped over ended up with one of the biggest, bloodiest knees ever. Mom then put a stop to the Great Bicycle Tie Off.

2. In the summer, it was all about the lake, or pond, in Maine. It is 1 mile across and 3 miles long, and many of my cousins also had cabins all strung out along it. I put on my bathing suit in the morning and didn't get out of it til bedtime. We went camping on the island, rowed, sailed up and down the length of it, visited with relatives, hiked to the culvert and swam in the cold brook, fished, and played "King of the Raft". We went bumping down the waterfall on our rearends and hiked two miles through the woods to the blueberry fields which overlooked the pond. We usually did have an adult with us on those trips and the goal was to fill the pot before you ate the berries. My mother washed our clothes in the pond in a big tub and washboard, and I helped her by taking the clean clothes out further from the shore and rinsing them. We liked to take the canoe out, tip it over, and use the air pocket under it to breathe. Scared some of the adults everytime.

Not so fun was finding a bloodsucker (leech) on your leg and using salt to get it off. That didn't happen unless you went into the reeds. So we stayed away from the reeds.
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Old 08-15-2022, 07:48 PM
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Here are some of my favorite activities as a kid.
  • riding bikes
  • playing basketball
  • creating with my play kitchen
  • baby dolls & Barbies
  • roller skating
  • playing in the creek
  • reading
  • cooking
  • helping Mom with gardening and canning
  • sewing
  • playing board games with my friends
  • playing on my swing set
  • playing with Fisher Price Little People
  • fishing
  • playing piano
  • taking classes through 4-H
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Old 08-15-2022, 08:02 PM
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Barbies!

climbed the tree in our front yard

imagine play

pretended our tropical plant area (with Birds of Paradise) between house and carport was my floral shop
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Old 08-15-2022, 08:04 PM
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My twin sister and I kept each other entertained. What one didn’t think of, the other did. Some of our favorite things were:
  1. Playing in the mud
  2. Soaking toys in the rain barrel (We lived in the desert)
  3. Riding bikes
  4. Catching lizards and horned toads
  5. Roller skating
  6. Barbies
  7. Tinker toys
  8. Playing with our dogs
  9. Climbing trees
  10. Listening to the Beatles’ records
  11. Walking to the corner drug store to spend our allowance on candy or something at the soda fountain.
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Old 08-15-2022, 08:29 PM
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I designed and sewed clothes for my dolls. I even won some ribbons at the regional fair for sewing.

Explored the woods around my house.

Went to the library every week for a big stack of books.

Built with Legos.
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Old 08-15-2022, 09:33 PM
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Every minute when I wasn’t corralled into something boring, like school or chores, I was out in the bush. I knew every nook and cranny of the gullies around our place, as did most of the kids I knew. I still enjoy getting out into the bush, but I live in very flat cultivated farmland now, so it’s a rare treat.
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Old 08-16-2022, 03:43 AM
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Love reading these!

riding bikes everywhere
playing neighborhood games like hide and seek, kickball
climbing trees
walking in the woods
playing with dolls including barbie-I had her convertible
playing card games with the family like Rummy
playing school (I knew I wanted to be a teacher in the second grade)
listening to music and dancing -Beach Boys
swimming in Lake Erie
reading especially outdoors under a tree in summer
sled riding
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Old 08-16-2022, 03:45 AM
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Played outside no matter what the season.

*Bike riding
*Barbie dolls (creating whole lifestyles for them)
*Gymnastics on swing sets, even though they weren’t designed for it
*Going to my grandpa’s farm which was within walking distance
*Put on “shows” for neighbor kids
*Night time games like Moonlight, Starlight and 7 Steps Around the House
*Went to our village’s man made lake to swim all afternoon and then sometimes after supper
*roller skating
*ice skating, sledding, building snowmen and snow forts
*making leaf piles and jumping in them or creating outlines of a house and playing Fox in the Den (did that in the snow, too)
* fly a kite

We were outside a lot and most of the time our parents did know exactly where we were but just figured we were hanging out with friends. We can home at the noon whistle and when the street lights came on.
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Old 08-16-2022, 04:40 AM
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-Hiked up the river bluffs (or foothills during summers spent in the Black Hills.)
-Many hours at the beach, usually under the supervision of my older cousins
-Acted out favorite books with groups of friends
-Played "Combat" (sort of a low-tech version of laser tag)
-Ice skated, went sledding, played pond hockey, made snow forts
-Drew pictures, painted
-Practiced piano by myself (yes, this was fun!) and played guitar and sang songs with my cousins
-Listened to music
-Played dress-up
-Rode my bike all over town
-Read lots of books (also entirely for fun-back then nobody ruined reading for kids by forcing it on them 24/7).
-For 3 summers of my childhood I had the good fortune to be able to attend an enrichment summer school in the mornings for 5 weeks. This was long before this was commonplace; it was available because my mom was finishing up her 4-year teaching degree at Black Hills State (Black Hills Teachers College, then) and it was part of the student teaching experience for beginning teachers.
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Old 08-16-2022, 05:06 AM
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What a great trip down memory lane for all of us. Reading was a favorite for me and my siblings. Going places in imaginary stories was how I learned that not all families and neighborhoods were like mine. Camping,swimming,playing school and making toys with things in the yard kept me busy with my siblings and friends. I think imaginary play was an important factor in our childhood. I'm very grateful for the lack of TV and technology as I was growing up
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Old 08-16-2022, 07:37 AM
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My sister and I made elaborate “sets” for our Barbies. We would create a story line for them and play it out for days.

We would go to a huge empty lot blocks away and just hang out, sometimes mom packed us a lunch.

Paper dolls - I LOVED paper dolls.

Dress up….my mom was creative and we had lots of old clothes for dress up.

There were a lot of kids in the neighborhood and we would play all kinds of street games.

And read…..I read a ton as a child.
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Old 08-16-2022, 07:41 AM
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My sisters and I would play:
* school (I was the oldest, so always the teacher)
* Barbies
* ride bikes
* baseball - used paper bags for the bases & toy bat/ball
* played church - they would give out old books from church and we used bread and kool aid for communion
* dress up - in mom’s dresses and shoes
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Old 08-16-2022, 11:47 AM
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Board games
Take city bus to downtown library. After fifth grade I could go with just a friend.
Bike — park was about 3 miles away — parents were fine with ten year olds riding there
Club — one summer we organized a club — meetings, rules
Dress Up — I had older cousins who gave us prom dresses to play with
Learning Canasta is one of my favorite memories. Friend’s aunt came to stay for a month. She taught us how to play Canasta. I couldn’t play now, but it sure was fun learning then. Looking back I realize my friend’s mom loved it because it kept her sister-in-law out of her hair.
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Old 08-16-2022, 04:32 PM
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*Jacks
*Hopscotch
*Barbies
*Chinese Jumprope
*Ping Pong
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Old 08-16-2022, 06:03 PM
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  • riding bikes
  • playing tetherball
  • playing badminton
  • playing softball
  • taking cooking lessons
  • playing on the swingset
  • playing school
  • playing four square
  • running through sprinklers
  • going to the swimming pool
  • playing cards and board games
  • catching fireflies
  • reading
  • sewing
  • learning to embroider
  • coloring
  • walking around the neighborhood
  • sleepovers at our cousins
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Old 08-16-2022, 06:32 PM
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Good memories! In addition to most of the things above (there was a lot of time back in the days) we had a rope in the barn that we loved swinging on. Graduated from swinging from one loft to the other side once we got the hang of it. There was also a mound of hay that we used to slide down-sometimes all the way down to the bottom where you actually flew from ceiling to floor. That was only fun if the poop/hay in the pen was deep enough you didn't get hurt landing! lol. Not the best idea.

When no one was home we took the mattress off our bed and slide down the stairs with them. Great fun!

We swam in anything. No pool in our town and in those days no one had pools. We swam in flooded fields or flooded ditches. My aunt and uncle had a small pond for the cows. We swam in that thing and it was full of cow poo. Didn't matter. We had a blast. Later a pool was put in one of my cousin's towns and we went swimming there at least once a week with them.

Going to cousins or them coming to us was tons of fun (and probably a fair amount of dumb ideas).

We had a creek (crick as we said) that my friends and my brother and I always caught tadpoles, crawdads, or minnows at. We spent hours exploring and playing in the creek. Lots of time in trees, exploring the woods around our house, riding bikes, playing in corn fields.. Outdoors was the best.

My girl friend and I made playhouses out of big cardboard boxes. We would tape them together, cut windows and doors, and draw in them. More than once we slept outside in them. Great fun until it rained.

I wouldn't change my childhood for anything.
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Old 08-16-2022, 07:18 PM
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-playing with Barbies and changing their outfits
- Playing in the woods behind my grandmother’s house (there was a track and old pots and pans for making mud pies). Walked to her house everyday in the summers.
- swinging in the swing under the big mulberry tree
- playing with paper dolls
- playing with my baby dolls and pushing them around in a carriage
- Putting doll clothes on my cat
- Pretending I was the teacher and my stuffed animals were the students
- Playing badminton, croquet and basketball
- Catching fireflies
- Playing dress-up/house
- Twirling my baton to music
- Going to one of the county pools with my aunt

Tons of imaginative play and fun!!!
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