Do you remember spending your summer days queuing for a Flake 99? Did you play hide and seek, conkers and hopscotch? Could you climb the tallest of trees?
Back in a time when ‘fun’ wasn’t synonymous with phones, tablets and televisions, children would play outside using only their imagination.
Whether it was rolling down banks (and getting grass stains), checking if people liked butter (using a buttercup), or blowing dandelion clocks (and wishing for 10 more wishes), children would be outside all day long – returning home when the streetlights turned on, just in time for an evening meal and a bath.
Spring Chicken Facebook Followers have been recollecting the days of ‘playing out’:
‘I loved my childhood, I was always out playing and never got bored. We used our imaginations, two balls and hopscotch runouts. There were loads of kids my age on my street, so we used to knock on everyone’s doors and ask if they were coming out to play.’
‘I was rarely bored. I was always upside down doing hand stands or bouncing a ball against the wall.’
‘Although TV was there when I was a kid, we never watched it in the day time. We were too busy outside skipping, climbing and playing marbles. One of my favourite games was two ball: you can play it on your own, so it was great when you were waiting for your pals to finish dinner!’
Which was your favourite: doing handstands and cartwheels, competing in a football match in the street, or making daisy chains? Did you ever find a lucky four-leaf clover?