Usually, I can’t come up with enough things for a Ten on Tuesday blog post. For example, 10 all-time favorite movies? No clue! BUT. When I saw Jess post about her 10 favorite childhood games? I knew I could do it too. Easy Parcheesi!
Ten Favorite Games from your Childhood
(In no particular order)
This was so easy, games were (apparently) a very big part of my childhood. I was also a reader too, but I think I played games quite a bit though never as much as my sister would have liked (as I’m sure she will verify when she comments on this post!).
1.) Checkers – Played with my sister and with my dad. Always a good game on a sick day.
2.) Solitaire – Learned from my dad. He was very particular in method. My girls were playing one day and Dave actually apologized to them (for me) when I stopped to see what they were doing. Yeah, it is the apple and the tree thing.
3.) Cribbage – Played with my dad and sister. This was my dad’s favorite game and one that he would play with family friends. We would go on vacation to a cabin in Vermont and the adults would play this games into the wee hours of the night and my sister and I would stand in our room on the top bunk and peek at them over the half walls (who could sleep with all that noise!) I would really like to relearn how to play Cribbage. (The phrase that always goes through my head is 15-2, 15-4, and a pair is 6.) (He also used to play Pinochle with my grandfather when we were really young, but I don’t remember much except for the table in my Nana’s kitchen and the cigarette smoke. There was also Pepsi in bottles, Deviled Ham, and Shake-n-bake.)
4.) Screw your Neighbor – This is a card came that I think we learned from my brother, but we would also play it with the neighbor girl who lived down the street.
5.) Spit – This is the fast paced double solitaire game. I love this one!
6.) Parcheesi – My sister and I played this one at our Nana’s house. She had coloring books and Parcheesi for us to play when we were left there. It is a childhood memory for me though I’m not sure it is one of my favorite games. (zzzzzz) It does rank higher than Monopoly though. (double zzzzzz)
7.) The Alphabet Game – This is the car game which I played with my sister and dad. When we were little we spent a lot of time driving around with my dad when he went to pick up apples or deliver cider for the mill. We spent a lot of time look for those “Q’s.” I used to think that antiques was pronounced an-ti-cues… Did I say that I was little?
8.) Other card games like rummy, crazy eights, Uno, war – Played mostly with my sister. My mom can be a pretty competitive Uno player though!
9.) Scrabble – This was my mom’s game. She is wicked scary good and can do amazing things with those triple letter scores!
10.) Make Believe – My sister and I would play make believe games like circus or school for hours on end with games that would continue over days. We would also “play Legos” like this too. We would make “people” and houses and set up scenarios and situations to act out with the “people” (They didn’t actually have Lego people back then they were 2-ers on top of 4-ers and how many 4-ers would indicate their age ( a 1 high would be a young child, a 2 high a teen, and a 3 high an adult). We would also make tee-pees, covered wagons, and other types of “homes” out in the back yard and woods.
11.) Pool – When we were really little, we had a “pool room” in our house. This room later became my sister’s bedroom, but prior to that it housed a pool table. Relatives would come over to play with my dad and my sister and I would play pool sometimes. Sometimes we would use it has a house for make believe and other times it was the holder of piles of laundry.
12.) Chinese Checkers - This was a favorite game of ours when we were home for sick days or snow days. We also used the Chinese Checker board for make believe games too. (And yes, the photo above is our actual Chinese Checker board. Can this be called vintage?)
Okay, I could probably go on, but I seem to have hit 12 already. I’m sure I’ll think of more in the middle of the night (and maybe even think of the one that I really can’t remember the name of or even enough about it to Google search it). So what were your favorite games? Any of these?