The following are the favourite things we loved when we were children, and a couple that our parents thought would be good for our education (yes, chess and draughts, we’re talking about you!) See how many of these take you down memory lane…


1. KerPlunk

Such a brightly coloured noisy game, which is probably why we enjoyed KerPlunk so much. It consists of a transparent plastic tube and you have to pull out sticks without dislodging marbles. If you don’t, the marbles all come rolling out! The person with the fewest accumulated marbles wins. See the nerve-wracking game here…

2. Hopscotch

A favourite with mums and dads as it was simple and cheap. You just needed chalk and pebbles. You’d draw out your grid and throw a stone to land in numerical order up the grid. Once you’d landed the stone in the correctly numbered square, you’d hop to it, pick up the pebble, then hop back. This continued until the first person got to 10.



3. Buckaroo

This is an exciting never-know-when-he’s-gonna-buck stacking game! The object of Buckaroo was to load up the mule with a blanket, saddle, and as much other stuff as you could pile on him. You had to be gentle, though, or he might buck it all off and you’ll lose! Now check out the mule in action…

4. Skipping Rope

Not solo skipping with a rope on your own, but the risky activity where two people turned the rope in unity and you jump in and began skipping as they continued to turn it. You’d often trip going in, but it was still good fun!



5. Operation

An odd concept for a kids’ game – removing someone’s vital organs! You operate on a patient nicknamed Cavity Sam, but if you don’t take out the ailments carefully with the tweezers, Sam’s large nose flashes and buzzes. There are amusing problems to solve like water on the knee, in which you have to get rid of a pail from Sam’s leg! Watch Sam’s procedures here…

6. Chess

Being honest, we struggled to understand chess. This is the game our parents encouraged and tried to teach us. It involved planning, logic and following rules. They hoped it’d be good for our education and got cross when we called the Pawns ‘Prawns’ and the Knight ‘Horsey’!



7. Draughts

Another grown-up board game. But, unlike chess, we sort of got this one a bit! It involved jumping your opponent’s draughts and getting to the other side of the board. Once there, another draught was placed onto the existing one, hence crowning you. So you now had the power to also move backwards. The object of the game is to capture all your opponent’s pieces or block them so they can’t be moved.



8. Mouse Trap

Playing this made us feel like an inventor! During Mouse Trap you have to build an ingenious course and, once assembled, players attempt to trap opponents’ mouse-shaped game pieces by turning a crank. This then sets off a genius chain of events climaxing in the mouse being trapped under a basket. However, on some annoying occasions, the trap failed. Witness a successful capture for yourself…

9. Frustration

This game does exactly what it says on the box! What we enjoyed was the clever pop-o-matic dice bubble. You click it and your number’s selected. You then have to be first to move all four of your coloured pegs round the board and into your Finish line. The Frustration comes when you need to pop a 6 before you can move a peg out of home and again, at the end, when you must pop the exact number required to get into the Finish spaces. See what we mean here…

10. Monopoly

Parents liked it when we played Monopoly, because it kept us occupied – sometimes for days! But, despite the lengthy duration, the game with the unusual counters, like a boot and the dog, is still as popular today as it was when we played as kids. You can also get variations on the original. This recent ad encouraged families to reconnect by playing a game of Monopoly…

11. Hula-hooping

This activity is used today as a way to keep in shape. However, when we played with our hula hoops years ago, it was to try and keep swinging the hoop around our waist for as long as possible. But, looking back, we guess that, ironically, it probably did burn off a few of the calories from those Hula Hoop snacks we loved to scoff!



12. Spirograph

This is described as a geometric drawing toy, which sounds very maths-y. However, for us, it just meant that even though we weren’t artistic, using the Spirograph we could produce beautiful creations that amazed and surprised us as they evolved. See that demonstrated here…

13. Cluedo

Long before Midsomer Murders hit our screens with the most-amount of bumpings-off in one area ever, there were murders to solve with Cluedo. So the questions were: Whodunnit? With what weapon? In which room? One mad-sounding but realistic scenario is that Colonel Mustard killed Mr Black in the library with the candlestick! The game’s board represents the layout of a mansion and this atmospheric ad sets the scene intriguingly…


What games did you love us a kid? Let us know below…