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I remember, I remember

I remember, I remember all the games we used to play,
The hopscotch and the clapping games
Kiss chase and Yes you may.

I remember, I remember games we played for fun, leap frog,
cutter, kick the can, blind mans buff,
and then British Bull Dog.

I remember, I remember of the times we used to run,
In Tig you’re it; tin can copperp>
And Dib, Dib, Dob, Dob fun.

I remember, I remember but now they’re going away
The children just don’t play most games
They’ve not been shown the way

I remember, I remember and I’ve spread them around
Can you? So children can remember -
Within their school playground?

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Children just don’t get out and play as they used to, they don’t know how. All the old familiar games we used to play in our youth are slowly disappearing. When I used to work in school as an under 8’s LSA, whilst on playground duties I would teach the children old games I played as a child, children otherwise left aside would flourish, all could learn to interact, and breaktimes you’d hear the children as they flocked around can we play such an such today or have you got a new game for us today miss. A pleasure to give something so small back to only gain respect and smiles. Today those children are teenagers and still they stop to speak, forever respectful and grateful. I only hope these games will be passed on to occupy their own in time to come….

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Comments

  • Pagly2
    Pagly2over 6 years ago

    ohh so well done……YES I remember and have passed them on to Grandchildren who have now taught them to school friends in Australia……..so they go around still..lol
    Thank you…

  • Cathleen Tarawhiti
    Cathleen Taraw...over 6 years ago

    Dead right, and I’m keeping this to remind me.

  • anaisnais
    anaisnaisover 6 years ago

    ;) Thank you both for your kindness of commenting and reading. Glad it is evoking response and memories, I do hope it will encourage and inspire others to share.

  • EddyG
    EddyGover 6 years ago

    Yes we also make sure the the kids in school can either play alone or come to a cetain corner of the playground where we have the “game of the day” Which everyone is welcome to join in. There’s far more laughter in our corner. But if they weren’t encouraged, they wouldn’t do it themselves, and such games would be lost forever! I love your poem.

  • anaisnais
    anaisnaisover 6 years ago

    Good for you. It keeps the children occupied ouy of school hours then as they develop in confidence to arrange group play themselves – well worth the peace in itself, and the youngsters stay out of trouble too!

  • Roger Sampson
    Roger Sampsonover 6 years ago

    Yes – Yes and Amen!

    Rog

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