For those of you who don’t know, I grew up in a big family: four sisters, one brother, and me. Six kids in all.
I have many happy memories from my childhood: bunkbeds and jumproping, pizza nights and afternoon movies on Sunday, soccer games and bikerides.
We were an imaginative bunch. Because we didn’t have a TV until I was about 8 and because our income was stretched (six kids, remember…), we were “forced” to be very creative and we “made up” games all of the time. These three were among our favorites…
ORPHANS: Looking back, this game is a bit depressing, but my sisters and I absolutely loved it. Inspired by the Orphan Train Adventures series (one of my favorite book series as a tween), The Wolves of Willoughby Chase (probably one of my all-time favorite books from my childhood- especially the audio version), and Oliver Twist, we had a rather odd fascination with orphans and orphanages. Our game consisted of the same basic plot almost every time: our parents die (morbid, I know, but I assure you that we loved our parents very much and didn’t want them to die in real life), we are left in a frightening orphanage without food and water under the direction of an evil headmistress, we escape by train and then encounter various adventures along the way.
SUPERHEROES: I mostly played this with my brother, but my sisters sometimes joined in too. Essentially, we’d attach towels around our necks using rubber bands, carry Cheerios around as “power food,” and save the world.
CLUBHOUSE/SPIES: We usually created a secret clubhouse (it was always secret – clubhouses can’t be public, you know) either in our closet or out of a huge cardboard box. My brother was never allowed in the club (oh, the trials of having five sisters and being the only boy!) and our activities consisted of spying (usually on my brother), writing and delivering secret messages, and creating various spy devices. Oh, and we solved mysteries…lots of mysteries.
Right now, you can play lots of online games inspired by childhood favorites (bowling, puzzles, water balloon fights, etc.) on the Nestle website or you can play the Nestle Crunch “Hit it To Win It” Instant game for your chance to win one of 10,000 Crunch bars or 2,500 small toys. Smash that pinata before July 31. You can only play once.
You can also enter to win something really cool right here at Metropolitan Mama – a Nintendo Wii!!! Here’s how: just list YOUR three favorite games/pasttimes from childhood in the “comments” section. As usual, “unimaginative” entries will be disqualified (“enter me,” “so cool,” “love it,” etc).
P.S. If you prefer to blog about your three favorites, feel free to do so and just leave the URL as your comment. I’d love to read your post!
WIN IT! There will be two winners. The Grand Prize winner will receive a Nintendo Wii. The First Place Winner will receive a pinata full of Nestle Crunch candy bars. To enter, leave a comment on this post prior to Friday, June 13 at midnight (don’t forget to follow the rules). * Winner must provide a U.S. mailing address.
*UPDATE* The winner of the Nintendo Wii is #552 Sharon Jones and the winner of the pinata full of Nestle Crunch candy bars is #748 Amy G. Congratulations!