Our grandparents remind their childhood as a time relativelydifficult for the reason that it was the time following the SecondWorld War. They had to produce their own toys and they oftenneeded adults’ help. They sewed dolls and balls and curved pipes bythemselves. They had to produce their own dolls’ prams andwooden cars. Girls made wreaths of plants. While our grandparentswere taking care of cows and geese, they used to play gamesconnected with singing like: „We’re buildingbridges”, „Sycamore”, „An old bear is sleeping fast”, which werepopular then. The following games were also popular: pick-a-stick, draughts, countries and cities. People used to play with coinsand stones. They also played: dodgeball, hop-scotch, catch, a typeof baseball named in Poland „Palant”, seek-and-hide and blind man’sbuff. There were also ohter plays: drawing in the sand with astick, creating patterns by means of pouring colourful sand, a gamenamed „kolarzówka” (rolling stove-lids with a stick. In the evenignsthey used to tell stories together with their parents (eg. about ghosts)and to sing songs.
Playing with coinsA player puts a coin at the edgeof a table. He leansdown, blows on the coin andtries to make it move. The neststep belongs to the oppositeplayer, who makes use of adifferent coin. The oppositeplayer tries to blow on his coinin such a way, that his coincovers the first player’s coin. Ifsuch a situation happens, hetakes both coins, gets a pointand a new game is started. Theplayer who who takes morecoins or gets more points wins.
CompositionOur grandparents usedto make compositionsof stones, glasses, sticksand flowers etc. and ofother things of thiskind. They created inthis way mosaics andpictures of variouskinds. They picked uplong blades of grassand made dolls.
We’re building bridgesChildren are standing next toeach other and are holding theirhands in the air. They create abridge in this way. Each childdoes its best to go under this„bridge”. They have no muchtime. They have to manage to gounder the bride while the otherchildren are saying the followingpoem: „We’re building bridgesfor a village headman, We let athousand horses go and one ofthem we’re going to catch. APolish version is much shorter, ofcourse. The child who doesn’tmanage to go within a givenperiod of time, has to give aforfeit and after the game he hasto buy it out.
Making toysOur grandparents madetoys with their own hands.Boys createdvehicles, fireworks orsoldiers. Girls sewed dolls ofvarious pieces of clothing ontheir own. They learned toknit and to embroider. Inwinter they produced theirown skates and skis.
People who are nowadays about 40 used to play with their parents:they used to play boardgames and various games in the air. Theytold stories, sang songs and read fairy tales before sleeping. TVseries of those times (e.g. „Four Armoured and a Dog”) were aninspiration to many backyard games. We should emphasise a factthat children of those times had a lot of freedom. Parents willinglyagreed their children to spend a lot of their free time outside.Children of those times used to play the following: plays –domino, tiddlywinks, draughts, chess, ludo, cards, countries andcities, Chinese whispers, thematic games –army, home, AmericanIndians, four armoured, a shop, a cinema (displaying slides), attailor’s (sewing clothes for toys), other activities – throwing aknife, playing caps (a race in a room), a catapult, beatervolleyball, contortions on a beater, playing jump rope games, Polishbaseball ( called in Poland Palant), hockey, skates, sled, bicycle, seek-and-hide.
Pick-a- stickPlayers spill sticks on a tableand later on they have totake one spill in such a waythat other sticks do notmove. If a player manages totake one and other sticksdon’t move, the same playergoes on trying. If a playermakes another stick move, heloses a turn.
LineChildren drew achalk line on theground. They wentback and threw acoin towards the line.The one whomanaged to throwthe closest to the linewon.