Play time has always been an exciting part of growing up for us all. I recollect with happiness my childhood games and gadget free days. Even though we did not have any gadgets, we never got bored.
My Childhood Memories
Back in the days we had games that I don’t see any more. Kids played games like Kho-Kho, Kabaddi, Langadi Tang (one-leg hopping), Skipping,Kanche (marbles), Hide and seek and many more. These games didn’t require any expensive equipment or gadgets. Everybody could play them. Playing in the mud and climbing trees are simple pleasures that have defined childhood for generations.
Hide and Seek and Bante (Marbles or Kanche) used to be one of my favourite. I remember, my friends Ashiq and Aejaz counting the marbles every time we returned from our successful battles.
There are different versions of this game. We would dig up a small hole on a levelled even ground and take positions some two yards away from it. The player will kneel down and try to roll the marble into the hole.
The Pros And Cons
Comparing my childhood with kids today, I feel sad that these kids have confined their entire world in a small screen. The kids today will never know the joy of playing in the mud or climbing trees. I am not saying what the kids today indulge in is complete wrong. It is a joy to see that the kids today are tech savy and are so quick at learning things. You can often find the older ones asking how things work on a computer or their new cellphone to a ten year old.
A child, while growing up, needs a balance of both outdoors and indoors. Unfortunately, we get only 24 hours in a day. If the kids spend all the time with their gadgets, they will miss out on a big part of what childhood means. Hence, it is very important that a lot of nature and outdoor activity is also included in a child’s growing up life.
Edited by: Himesh Saraf