Games & Activities
(The things we used to do & play)

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  • A. C. Gilbert Chemistry Sets
  • A. C. Gilbert Erector Sets
  • Board Games:
    • Candy Land
    • Checkers
    • Chinese Marbles
    • Monopoly
    • Mr. Ree
    • Parcheesi
  • 'Bobby Soxs'
  • Building 'Leaf Houses' in Bancroft Parkway
  • Black & White Saddlestrap shoes
  • Burning "PIC's" in your car at the drive-ins.
  • Buying the green baby box turtles
  • Cans & String Telephones
  • Catching 'Lightning Bugs' and collecting them in jars
  • Crystal Radio Sets
  • Driving to Hoopes Dam & Valley Garden Park on Sundays
  • Driving to Newark seemed like an all-day trip!
  • Flipping Baseball cards
  • Hopping automobiles and trolley cars with your sled in the snow
  • Ice Skating on a pond near Hansen's Sinclair on Gov. Printz Blvd.
  • Inviting all the kids on your block to your Birthday Party and play 'Spin the Bottle' and 'Pin the Tail On the Donkey'
  • Lighting 'Punk Sticks' and Cattails at night
  • Lincoln Logs
  • Making 'Scooters' from skates and orange crates
  • Mexican Jumping Beans
  • Mounting a playing card on your bike so the spokes would create a 'motor sound'
  • Neighborhood Block Games:
    • Buck, Buck How Many Horns are Up
    • Giant Step
    • Hide 'n Seek
    • King of the Castle
    • Left Hand Out
    • Mother May I?
    • Red Light
    • Relievio "Olly-Olly"
    • Simon Says
  • Paper Dolls
  • 'Penny Loafers'
  • Playing:
    • Army
    • Badminton
    • Ball games against a wall
    • Cowboys & Indians
    • Croquet
    • Curb Ball
    • Hopscotch
    • Horseshoes
    • Jacks (Jack & the ball)
    • Jump Rope - Double Dutch
    • Kick the Can
    • Marbles
    • Pick Up Sticks' on the front porch
    • Quoits
    • Stick Ball
    • Tether Ball
    • Territory (with your pocket knife)
    • 'Wire Ball' using the utility wires
  • Pogo Sticks
  • Printz Roller-Way, 7006 Gov. Printz Blvd.
  • Pushmobiles
  • Roller Skating
  • Sitting on the curb and try to name the next passing car model and year
  • Sledding on "Monkey Hill " near the Wilmington Zoo
  • Sledding on Banning Street
  • Sledding, playing baseball & horseshoes, swinging and watching men play checkers in Woodlawn Park
  • Swimming at Head Gates, Big Baby & Second Dam
  • Swimming at 'The Sand Pitt'
  • Swimming at the Shellpot Creek Dam
  • Tinker Toys
  • 'Twin Lakes' on Kennett Pike for ice skating
  • Wearing 'Dog Collars' on you ankles to show you were 'Going Steady'.
  • 'White Bucks'
  • 'Whip' ride trucks that went into the neighborhoods
  • Zoo-Bee Land (a very popular night spot hangout in the 60's - secluded in the hills of Montchanin)


Revised: June 22, 2009