The PLAYGROUND

Child playing in Alexandra townshipToday, I was having some thoughts of what we did as kids. When we were young you could sense as an adult that this younger ones would be inventors and innovators in future because of the creative things we did. This days kids are left in the comfort of their bedrooms playing video games which in itself is not a bad thing. We are in the technology age!

But back to those days the tire we rolled round the street, the sand castles, suwe, boju boju, moto Boris, tinini tanana, police and thief, ten ten, the list could just go on but having the thoughts of this today seemed we could color our streets with these games again. Times have changed but the past does leave us with an amazing trail of the future. All that mattered to us then was play and this days kids are just having maybe a better experience than we did. Though when it comes to that PLAYGROUND where we play our hearts out every generation seem to acknowledge that theirs was a better experience. And this is because its the definition of what we’ve become.

In the next few days I will be going down memory lane and analyzing each game we played as kids, the strategies for winning and what it looked like when we lose. I will also need your help as well.

What were the games you could remember you played as a kid?

Love to hear it!

  • I thought living at a boarding school for most of my childhood was torture, but thinking back now, I wouldn’t trade those moments for anything. I remember playing
    – After round one
    – Pi pi ooo
    – Tin ko, tin ko
    – S.T.O.P! (where everyone chooses a topic, name, object, place etc)
    – Fire on the Mountain
    -Ludo and Ayo

    Great post.

    • Wow! You had a good play though. Look at how technology has redefined play now, we will know what we saw as torture was actually the real play. That fun part of childhood have been shrinked as it no longer exists. It created community in our neighbourhoods. I hope we reawaken this soon. Maybe we should work on a project, what’d you think?

      • I definitely did and you are right, technology has definitely redefined ‘childhood’ and ‘play’ and in a few more years to come, it will be the poacher of innocence and childhood.
        I hope so too and if I can give one thing to the generations to come, it would be experience the perception of what ‘play’ used to be; but the true question is ‘will it be appreciated for what it is?’ because I know that growing up, I didn’t completely appreciate it myself for what it was but now I know better.

        • I think its going to be difficult convincing today’s kids that this is better. For me it was really different though because my house was actually the playground. That is where the entire neighbourhood gather to play at night and during the day. I also think it’ll be difficult for kids today to appreciate this but in a way if they get to do this without affecting their other activities. I think this will improve adventure and also bring forth connection and community.

  • abi

    I agree that I wouldn’t trade. You guys have mentioned all. Bez mentioned some in his song” stupid song”

  • Let me go check it out. Thanks dear.