I was sitting in front of the laptop yesterday morning and I looked up at Dale and Hannah and sighed and said, “I need a topic for Ten on Tuesday.” Hannah thought for about half a second and said, Ten Favorite Games from your Childhood. Perfect and just the thing for the cold wintry days of January.
- Life. It was long and fun and I always wanted the highest paying career with the largest number of kids.
- Aggravation. This was our favorite game to play as a family. We took great relish and sending each other back “home” to start over. I’m sure Freud would have a field day with what deeper meaning behind that.
- Mouse Trap. I was actually too young for this one but I loved to watch my brothers play.
- Kerplunk. Pick up sticks, but with marbles. And it was noisy which made it all the more fun.
- Monopoly. My brother always won and I can’t help but wonder if that’s why he grew up to be a slumlord. Ha!
- Chinese checkers. This was my mom’s favorite so we played it a lot.
- Operation. You hit my funny bone!
- Risk. We would play this on vacation and make it go on for days.
- Clue. Colonel Mustard in the ballroom with the candlestick.
- And, for Dale, Racko. I actually never played this is a kid but it was a favorite of Dale’s and we all play it now. The new cards don’t have the numbers in opposite corners, though, and we just can’t get used to that.
This was fast and fun. I hope you all enjoyed it, too.
I loved all of those games (well, maybe not so much with Risk)! A few years ago, I found Racko! and bought it to play up at our cottage.
Shows what a difference a few years can make (well….20). Except for Monopoly and Chinese checkers we never played any of those games.
My parents first dog was named Racko after the game. That was a long time ago! 😉
I was a big fan of Battleship and Clue. At my grandparents’ house we played a lot of cards. I still love cribbage and canasta! I’ve never heard of Racko. I’ll be on the lookout for that one.
I’m old enough to say my favorite games from childhood were not all board games. Cowboys and Indians, Treehouse, Mudhouse (we built houses for our dolls out of mud), Ride your bike as far as you can and still find your way back home by lunch time). 🙂 We also played Candyland (with the small kids), Parcheesi, Chinese Checkers, Checkers, Monpoly and Old Maid (through in Hearts and Poker as we grew up).
I hope you’re feeling better!!
How could I have forgotten Kerplunk and Mouse Trap?! And Operation? Great list!
I squinched my eyes shut as soon as I read your title, so as to come up with my own memories. I did pretty good – I only have one of yours on my list. I have a few of Margene’s. Nice boots!
Cathy R says
We played marathon games of Payday, and had another game called Acquire (kind of like Risk, but with hotels). Battleship was fun, but always full of controversy.
My brother and I invented a game called “Uno-Chess” which was fun. Too bad I don’t remember the rules.
We also played a lot of card games. Which worked out well until a game of SlapJack got a little physical and we were banned for life.
Oh, Risk was a good one, too!
I’ve heard of Racko but can’t remember if we ever played it. Nice boots, I am on the hunt for some decent winter boots, if not this year then at least for next year.
I love Battleship and Hungry Hungry Hippos! Nice boots, we were at LLbeans yesterday after we dropped off our son back at school in Maine. We miss him so much already – the house is too clean and quiet!!
Life!! I can’t believe I forgot Life!
I adored Life when we were little…got it when my kids were of age and couldn’t stand it. I found that it was TOO long for an adult – it got to the point the only way I’d play was if I had a glass of wine. They now offer me a glass before asking to play! Too funny.
We also got a lot out of Twister growing up. Sorry was also a big hit. It’s funny but I grew up playing board games and my husband did not – as a result, I’m quicker to play them with the kids and he’s less likely to want to if he doesn’t know the game.
Currently, Uno, Trouble, and Uno Attack are regular games in our house.
This was a wonderful trip down memory lane! I’d forgotten about playing games with my Mom and Dad, and thinking of it now is making me feel all warm and fuzzy. Great topic suggestion, Hannah!!
I must be of the same era because I played all of those games, too. Although I hate (yes, HATE) playing Monopoly because of the leftover trauma from childhood. It always ended in frustration and tears. My sister and I can’t play it to this day (we blame our older brother).
I also played lots of card games, from poker to crazy eights.
Racko! I’d forgotten all about Racko. We played it a lot. I remember introducing it to a visiting cousin one summer and she misunderstood the directions to be that you had to get the exact numbers 1-10. And she did!
Kristi aka FiberFool says
Man, I totally forgot about Racko! We played that a fair bit. I think it was a fav of Dad’s.
kathy b says
Oh that was such fun carole I loved it
fun topic and fun list! (darn, I forgot aggravation on mine!)
Chutes and Ladders. Definitely Monopoly. Parcheesi. Card games and card tricks. Checkers.
scrabble and clue. two favs 😉
Wow. I thought I had covered my faves pretty well but then I read your list and was reminded of games I haven’t thought of in ages.Operation was a really good one. Mousetrap was a game that always looked like such fun but I never had a chance to play.