One day I realised my homeschooled children were missing out. I remembered one very good experience of my days at school and my children knew nothing about it. I decided it was time to catch up with their education. It was time to pass on some old fashioned traditions.
I ignored protests such as, “It’s really cold outside, Mum!” and said, “Nonsense! We’re going to have some fun.” Actually, I was tempted to stay inside in the warm too. But I didn’t. I headed out into the cold wind with all my reluctant children in tow. And soon we were enjoying ourselves so much, we didn’t even notice the weather.
I searched my memory for the rules to all those games I’d played in the playground during my school lunch breaks: skipping songs, elastics, chasing games, hopscotch… Lunch time was certainly the best part of the school day.
Of course, I had to demonstrate everything. I got my legs tangled in the elastics. I got a stitch in my side after a round of skipping games. A feeling of panic overcame over me as my eldest son came closer and closer in a game of tag. Would I be able to reach ‘bar’ in time? I soon realised I needed to get fitter. But I had lots of fun. And I learnt it’s much more enjoyable to join in than stand on the side-lines shouting out instructions.
We had a wonderful afternoon together in the garden playing games. I passed on some traditions of my childhood, we all got lots of exercise and we created a few happy memories.
I’ve found a few resources you can use if your children have also missed out on all the fun of playground games.
There’s lots of other sites that are easily found online, but this is a start.
So gather your children, get outside, and have some fun.