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Greetings, Friends!  Welcome to dVerse Poetics.  Mary here, happy to be tending the bar today!  I have been thinking this week a bit about the toys I had in childhood & the games I played when I was a kid.  I was comparing them to the toys and games my grandchildren have.  And what a difference there is…..especially when I think about the difference the computer/digital/electronic age has made for children.  (iPods, iPads, Wii Systems, X-Boxes, Nintendo 3 DS, etc.)

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What board games did you play when you were a child?  I played board games such a Monopoly, Candy Land, Go to the Head of the Class, Scrabble, etc.  What card games did you play?  I played Highest Card Takes It, Go Fish, Old Maid, Crazy Eights, and started in playing some adult games such as Canasta quite early.   What toys can you remember really loving?  Most of all I loved my dollhouse.  I also liked plastic cowboys and horses.  Of course, dolls. And a few stuffed animals. (I still have a few!) And I had a favorite old rocking chair.

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I had a microscope set, American bricks (before the time of Legos), and I enjoyed the chemistry set that the the boy next door shared with me.  In summer outside I played a lot of games with neighborhood kids:  hopscotch, stoop tag, poison tag, statue maker, starlight moonlight, and more.  I remember marble tournaments & playing jacks.  Sometime we made up our own games.  One we made up was called ‘driveway to driveway witch.’  I won’t bother to explain.  Smiles.  We played softball in the street or in a nearby field, pretended our bikes were spaceships, used a picnic table as a hospital or a school when we played doctor or teacher or made it into a tent (using old blankets) and pretended we were camping.

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I thought it would be kind of fun to write a poem that made use of a childhood game or activity that was enjoyed. (Or more than one!)  I thought this would be particularly fun because we have poets from so many different countries in the world.  What did you really enjoy doing / playing  when you were a child? Take a look back into the past and write about the fun stuff / memorable things of your childhood!!  Let’s share.

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• Post your poem to your blog

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• Above all- have fun!