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What most people do these days for entertainment usually includes sitting on a couch or chair staring at a screen, but what did people do for entertainment when they didn't have a television, l

What most people do these days for entertainment usually includes sitting on a couch or chair staring at a screen, but what did people do for entertainment when they didn't have a television, laptop, or cell phone? They couldn't have tried doing what many people do now, they would have ended up just staring at a wall.

 

One thing they did that's still really popular is playing sports, like basketball, baseball, football, swimming, biking, running, and lots more. When people did sports, though, a lot of times they would have no uniforms or coaches. Although, while most people know how those sports work, not everyone knows how horseshoe, another sport, works. You stand a certain distance from a pole and throw horseshoes at it. You get no points if you miss, one point if the horseshoe is leaning up against the pole, and two points for a ringer, when the horseshoe makes it around the pole.

 

A few other games included water fights, racing, going frogging, which is hunting for frogs, and Red Rover. How Red Rover works is a group of kids stand in two separate lines. Everyone is holding hands. Then, one team would yell, "Red Rover, Red Rover, send someone right over!" The other team would send a person over, and that person would try to run and break through the other team's line. If they did, they would take a member of the opposing team to their team. If not, they would have to join that team. In the end, the biggest team would win. One other game is kick the can, and the person to kick a can the furthest would win.

 

There were also games that people made up. For example, I know someone who used to capture bugs in a jar. One day, he caught a fly and a bunch of ants. The ants would climb over the fly, and the fly would try to get them off. As he and his brothers watched, they got a few neighborhood kids together and made a game called fly. One person would be the fly, and all the others would be the ants. At the start of the game, the ants would jump on the fly and he would try to get them off. The game ended when everyone was tired. Another game was snake. One person is the snake and has a can filled with beans. Everyone else had rolled up newspapers and they were all blindfolded, except for the snake. The snake would shake the can of beans, and everyone else would hit the snake with the newspapers.

 

Some quieter games that were played include jumping rope, dress- up, drawing with chalk, and paper dolls. There was also putting on plays, make-believe town, board games, puzzles, cards, reading, and marbles. If there was one child, he or she could entertain themselves by playing with a jump-rope, or drawing. When three or four children were together, they could do a lot more than that. With a large group, one might decide that the number of people they had would be just right for a play or make- believe town.

 

Although some kids think there would be no life without electronics, people used to survive just fine without television, so the next time there's a rerun on your favorite show, no one's responding to the texts your sending them, or your tired of IMing, just gather some friends up and play a game or two.