remember the games you played in elementary school? do you? you may have or have not played these games cause elementary playground games had different names depending on your geographical location and im sure sometimes the rules of a particular game varied but i think at the core, alot of the games were similar. now the word old school would be fitting right now but these games arent "old" cause im sure elementary kids are STILL playing these games today...you know, in between taking calls on their cell phones and two way paging their homies on which drinking fountain to meet up at.
now i know what youre thinking: "what kind of sick ass games did this school have you kids playing?!" the name is very misleading but truthfully this game was the shit in elementary school. the game was played with a tennis ball and you could play, oh i dont know up to 5 kids max maybe. you could in essence have as many players as you want but too many kids got crowded. and the object of the game was to simply throw the ball against the wall and thats it. kids would just throw the ball against the wall as hard as they could and someone else would get the ball and proceed to throw it against the wall as hard as they could themselves. sound boring? well to us elementary kids this was alot of fun. but if you missed the ball and if the ball(either from bouncing off the wall from a previous throw or you attempting to catch the ball coming towards you) hit the ground after touching you, you have to abandon the ball(which is now a "live" or "wild" ball) and immediately run towards the wall and touch it BEFORE another kid playing with you retrieves the ball and throws and hits the wall BEFORE you manage to touch it. if you get to the wall first then its all good, youre safe. but if you dont, then you have to stand facing the wall with your arms extended(like a policeman would a criminal) while everyone playing with you gets a shot to throw the tennis ball as hard as they can at your ass, hence the name butts up.
heads up 7up:
this game isnt a "playground game" but a classic game nonetheless. it was one of those games we played on rainy days. this game really has no winners at all. seven kids were in front of the class. the teacher would turn the lights off and the game would begin. the rest of the class laid their heads down on their desk with their eyes closed and their hand extended with their thumb sticking up. the seven kids in front went out and each touched a person. that person would put his or her thumb down. then the seven would say "heads up seven up", the teacher would turn the lights back on and each student got one chance to guess which of the seven touched him if they guessed right than they changed places. if they did not the same person got to stay up.
i love this game but when youre playing with a bunch of elementary kids youre gonna get alot of cheating, so youd often see kids with their heads down and thumbs up but their face was looking down but off the table a little so you could see the people walking around and if you got picked you got a glance of their shoes and could then figure out who picked you. it was hilarious when the round of picking was over and the lights came on the people that got picked started scanning the shoes of the kids that were doing the picking haha. in my defense, if i hadnt done this, i would have never guessed who picked me.
steal the bacon:
now this was the classic right here. this was the one. this is the epitome of all elementary playground games(even though some may argue kick ball but id have to disagree). you know the rules and if you dont you better ask somebody. seriously, if you never played steal the bacon, you were a deprived youngin. even kids that grew up without parents turn out better than kids that have never played s.t.b., being deprived of stb is a overlooked form of child abuse imo. you divide your class in half have them line up on opposite sides of say a basketball court(long ways), go down the line and number off with the kid standing parallel from you. then you place the chalkboard eraser(bacon) in the middle of the court and your teacher calls out random numbers and once your number is called you have to run out and retrieve the "bacon" and bring it back to your side before the other kid with your number steals it and takes it to their side, simple. this game provides so much joy and laughter as a kid. cause it was so suspenseful waiting for your number to be called. you constantly thinking "is my number next? is my number next?" lol, now this game is really unfair to overweight kids and you ALWAYS rejoiced when you got numbered against a bigger, slower kid. i remember always trying to line myself up against a slower kid, it was part of the game. this game also made for great rivalries. cause you knew the fast kids in your class from the daily game of tag so when you saw to fast kids paired up you know once their number was called it was gonna be good and this very game of steal the bacon would determine who was the faster of the two. this game is so dope, im thinking of calling all of my friends and getting a pick up game of street steal the bacon going. people walking by would laugh at first but within 5 minutes, theyd be playing. im telling you.
this is hands down my FAVORITE elementary playground game of all time.