The Garden full of Kinder

“We’re not in this life just to work, we’re in it to live.”
Cecelia Ahern “The Gift”

We’re talking Child’s Play today…

Where do I start? I grew up in a block of apartments, with lots of kids around. School finished at about 1 pm and there was always someone around to have a play with. It was great. Obviously we played all sorts of games, the simple ones from hide and seek, to ball games, snow fights in winter, table tennis, we had a small sandpit in front of the house, I remember we (more the older kids though) built a massive “spaceship”. It was super cool. I loved loved loved Chinese jump rope. I think we did that day in and day out.
During Winter, we were out tobogganing most days.
On weekends when most of the kids were around, we did the big games like a mini version of baseball, soccer or other group games. I have very fond memories of that time!

At home, we usually played board games. Mum always made sure we got a board game for Christmas – the traditional ones from Monopoly, Cluedo, Mastermind, Scrabble, Scotland Yard, Rummy or a game called (translated!) “Europe Travel”. It was possibly my favourite.
Then of course, we had a small Carrera race track, Playmobil and the good old Barbie 

There was tons to do… shame the kids nowadays are missing out on it.

Tell me, what was your favourite toy/game when you were a child?

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About Iris B

Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germany and only immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living in Scotland, London as well as Canada where she actually had met her future husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only recently emerged, but now her laptop is a constant companion. Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her beautiful two daughters as well as her dog. Next to her job at a private school she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio
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8 Responses to The Garden full of Kinder

  1. I love how I recognized some of the games you played, and others, well, even with the translation I’ve never heard of them! Sounds like it was good times, though! 🙂

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    • Iris B says:

      Yes, I did. I had a wonderful childhood, or at least my mind has only stored the goo memories 😉
      As for the games ….I suppose there were years when certain games were popular and years with other games. There are only a few that survived generations.

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  2. pjharjo says:

    Sounds like you had a very happy childhood with LOTS of memories to reminisce about! 🙂 My favorite game/toy was statue horses and related paraphernalia. (more on that tomorrow) 😉

    What are your favorite playtime memories as a child?

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  3. jeff7salter says:

    I recognized quite a few. We had kids in our neighborhood, but most were younger than me. My older brother and I often played together in the woods. I also played with my school friends, some of whom lived within a mile.
    And I played with my younger sister.
    Didn’t every really have enough kids to play many sports which involved teams, though.
    I loved board games then, and still do.

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    • Iris B says:

      I still love the board games, too, especially the ones I can still win 😉
      Yes, playing out in “the bush” with friends … something so many kids miss out on today … sadly!

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  4. I pre-wrote my Friday post,Iris, before I read yours. Mine also includes fond memories of being young in an apartment building.Say all they want to about yards,(and I had fun in mine later on), but a ‘family’ apartment building was a good way to always have friends about.

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