Sunday, February 07, 2010

Street Games

Remember when all we had was a pink .25 cent ball,
a wooden broom handle, white chalk, crayons, bottle caps,
Yoo Hoo's and Suzi Q's. Those were the days.

My heart warmed when I came upon this chalk drawing
at Shore Road Park in Brooklyn. It really reminded me
of the day when life was simple and carefree.

We fired up our imaginations.

Anyone remember the street game "Skelly"? now this
board here is a sophisticated screen-printed permanent
park floor installation.

When we were kids we'd draw this out with our white
chalk. It never looked this good but we got the idea. We
would melt crayon wax or tar into our soda bottle caps to
give them weight, then we would scuff them up on the
street to make them slick enough to slide.

There was a start line some 2 1/2 feet away from the actual
square. You'd slide your bottle cap from the start line
into the square marked number 1 and work your way
around until you made it into the center, number 13.

There were many quirky, fun little rules to make it
challenging and you always had to remember to grab
your skelly cap out of the street before a car would
run it over.

If you want to learn more about this awesome street
game and others check out: New York Street Games.

Let's keep these street games and our child spirit alive.

Thanks for stopping by and reminiscing with me.

~ Andrea- my other blogspot is here "ThE ArTful EyE"