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Mark took the girls with him to Canadian Tire yesterday to pick up a few things we needed. CanTire has a promotion right now called JumpStart. The money from the sales of a special $2.00 tennis ball (pictured here), will help kids in need participate in organized sports and recreation. A great idea. Customers are given this info […]

Supplies needed: chalk or sidewalk paint, stones/bottlecaps or bean bags. Flat stones are best. They don’t roll!  Playing hopscotch is easy. First, make the paint to create your hopscotch grid. The one above was made with equal parts cornstarch and water and a few drops of electric blue food colouring. But chalk works just fine too. If you’re […]

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I was teaching the girls how to play 7-Up (rules to follow) and it occurred to me that these games are (a) fun (b) a part of our culture and (c) in danger of being forgotten. I have decided that I’m going to try to archive the outdoorsy games that I used to play as […]

24 May, 2007

The play we used to play

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: - Archive of playground games

I’ve been thinking a lot about that list of simple pleasures I posted the other day, and how they affect my sense of happiness in general. One of the things I forced myself to do that day was strip the bed and hang the sheets outside for a few hours before bedtime. When I got […]


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