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Chutz
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   Posted 5/14/2010 10:14 PM (GMT -7)   
What was your favorite activity at the playground when you were a kid? Swings, teeter-totter, merry-go-round, slides... something else? Or maybe you played ball or just chatted with friends.

I was always on some equipment. My favorites were the swings and the slide. Back in those days we had a huge slide...that thing must have been well over 12' at the top of the ladder. And if someone got hurt you just helped dust them off and we kept on going. No law suits...imagine that! shocked wink But I always had to be doing something physical. Didn't much care for baseball or competitive sports but give me something to climb and I was all over it.

What did you like on the playground?
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Acheybody
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   Posted 5/14/2010 10:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh, I loved the playground! The slides and swings, or climbing, or just running, or being chased by the boys! In P.E. there was this cool round contraption with a seat that you could sit in and go upside down as it moved forward or backward. That was my idea of Heaven. Now I'm sure I'd throw up!

Chutz, I wasn't much for competitive sports, either. I'd likely as not start kicking the ball the wrong way .... (yes, even back then!)

It makes me so sad that recess for kids (at least around here) has gotten so shortened to make more time for the all-important literacy program. They just don't let kids be kids anymore.
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Southernlady
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   Posted 5/15/2010 7:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I always loved the swings at the playground.  I had an accident on a see-saw when I was really little.  My cousin was holding me on her end of it and let me fly over the top when I went up.  It mashed my mouth and caused it to bleed.  So from then on I was scared of a high see-saw but I loved the swings.
 
Achey, I agree about the kids not having much recess time anymore.  I work at a school and they have 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the afternoon and one school in the next county have already cut the morning one out.  That is pathetic.  Then they wonder why we have so many obese children.
 
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Acheybody
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   Posted 5/15/2010 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Shannon,

Yes, it is pathetic! I work in schools too as a sub. No decent recess and then they wonder why the kids can't concentrate or sit still.

I forgot, my absolute FAVORITE thing at the park was what we called the maypole. It was a tall metal pole that had chains with bars you could grab onto hanging down from the top and the top spun around, so about 6 people could be on it...we'd run around it a few times and then liftoff and fly through the air. I could do that for hours. Must have been too dangerous (I did walk into the pole once - dum de dum!) because I haven't seen one in 40 years.
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Libby08
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   Posted 5/15/2010 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Before we moved down South we lived right outside Chicago in the suburbs and the school I went to was very big and old.  There was a ledge type of area on the side of the building where we had recess and I remember it was a big deal to climb the ledge and just sit there and hang out with everyone.  Of course nowadays that would be a huge hazzard and not allowed.  I don't remember anyone getting hurt ever doing this but I'm sure it happened.  Also double dutch jump rope was a big thing at the time and I use to love that.  When we moved to GA when I was in the fourth grade Red Rover was a big thing and much enjoyed too.

jujub
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   Posted 5/15/2010 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I was very uncoordinated, but I alway loved playing jacks. It was the big deal starting when I was in third grade. We played with golf balls instead of those wimpy rubber balls. Much easier to do 'Round the world or Eggs in the basket with a golf ball.

crazykitty
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   Posted 5/15/2010 12:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I loved it all! I could spend hours playing with my friends on the swings, slides, merry-
go-round. We grew up less than a block from the park and the whole neighborhood
hung out there from morning till dusk. Growing up I was always on the girls softball
team. Kids back then really played!!!
 
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   Posted 5/15/2010 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Boy the good old days. The playground. I loved the monkey bars and the swings. But my all time favorite was to play marbles. I had aquired quite a bit of bolders and puries, they were my favorite. I even had a little marble bag that my grandfather gave me.

Chutz, I love your topics. Brings back memories.

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steppingstone
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   Posted 5/15/2010 9:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I always loved the swings. We had the tall, old fashioned metal swingsets where I went to grade school, and we could really swing high. I also liked the monkey bars. Back then, they were metal bars suspended from the swing sets several feet above the ground. We could climb up on these and swing on them, or hang upside down. Sometimes, we would fall, or even hit our heads on them when we had gotten off of them and they were still moving, but it was no big deal!

I agree with the rest about recesses in the schools. At a young age, recess is as important as any of the classes. It helps children to develop social skills as they learn to play cooperatively with others. I think it is also important for a child's health, as they have cut back on PE in many states.
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