ON SCHOOL HOLIDAYS AND WEEKENDS, I USED TO ....... engage in lots of fun activities with my brothers, sister, or friends. These included:
and used TV and Movie stars that we were familiar with from our favourite shows. We used house related magazines to choose the rooms for where the 'murder' occurred in the game.
I always enjoyed going to other family friends' houses to play different games that the kids had made up themselves or they may have had board games that we didn't have. I often would put it on my list for Christmas but I knew 'Father Christmas' or 'Santa' could not deliver everything.
We play differently too, with different people.
With my siblings - I had the opportunity to play with cars and train sets and blocks all of which my 2 brothers owned.
Grandparents-at Nanna and Pa's I played with the toy from the cereal packet that walked mechanically with a string across her kitchen table. I played the piano (creating my own tunes), and did some singing at the 3-mirrored dresser in the bedroom.
Aunties and Uncles (cousins) -I loved playing with my cousins' toys - the ones they brought back from their travels in America such as Mickey Mouse themed games, unusual stickers, and gadgets not yet sold in Australia.
Peers-I would play with similar toys and games to what we had at home but perhaps a different color, size, or theme. Comparing toys was not uncommon and of course wanting what someone else had was certainly something we experienced back then too.
What were your memories of play as a child? Do you still have any of your own toys? Are you keeping them to pass on or just for memory sake?
I remember as a child watching the midday movies or on a weekend when we could stay up a little later I watched:
'Charlie & the Chocolate Factory'
'A Girl Called Sooner'
'Little House on the Prairie'
'The Sound of Music'
After school, I would watch 'I Dream of Jeanie', 'Bewitched', 'The Brady Bunch'. My favourite TV series as a child was the wonderful Australian series of 'The Sullivans'. It gave me such an insight into World War 2 and family life in the 40s when fathers and brothers went to war.
I was so addicted to 'The Sullivans', that there was one holiday staying in a caravan park and my biggest worry was how I was going to be able to watch 'The Sullivans'....
My brother and I found a black and white tv in the recreational room alongside the table tennis and pool table. When we turned it on, it had sound but due to glare and a poor quality picture, it was so hard to see the screen clearly, we went in search for something to make it more 'watchable'! My brother returned with a chenille bed spread he had just found hanging around. We placed it over our heads and the tv, watching the episode under the chenille, attempting to also block out the noise from the other children playing. We didn't want to miss 'The Sullivans'.
And just a comment on the word ‘television’, children in primary school may not necessarily know what this word represents. This generation may have always called it the ‘TV’, not realising that name was only an abbreviation.
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