Childhood in the Soviet Union
Before the advent of the Internet and smart phones to children born in the USSR, it was necessary to be more creative, to have a good time - and the court in which they lived, was their oasis.
The small cozy inns, wedged between the city blocks were the whole universe for most of the urban children in the 1990s. In such places, long before the advent of social networking and virtual world, children were playing with friends, quarrel, reconciled and have fun day and night, until my mother would call them home.
Soviet children from Kaliningrad to Vladivostok played almost the same game, and in spite of the distance, their children's dreams are one and the same. What was this magical world of Soviet childhood?
Games usually were different for girls and boys, but there were others that were played, and those and others. In general, any game gave the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities and skills. Playing in the "classic" jumps honed skills, and the "cops and robbers" taught the children to hide, seek and run.
Soviet girls could jump for hours playing "rezinochku". The game was to jump through a narrow double rope or rubber band, stretched at different heights. Two players stand inside the gum, pulling on it, and the third player performed a number of jumps through it - from simple to more complex. Once bouncing wrong (got lost, clung to the gum, stepped on gum, etc...) - he got inside "rezinochki", holding it for the next jumper. Another favorite game - "bouncers". Two "bouncers" stand opposite each other at a distance of about 10-15 meters. "Bouncer" stand in the center of the site. Bouncers task - to get the ball to all players (if you touch the ball, leaving the field). Bouncer task - to be nimble and quick and dodge ball.
Boys often played in "war games", sometimes "enemies" were the boys from next door. As in the real army, there were soldiers and generals, as well as spyware and coders (the team came up with their own code to communicate).
saying, rhyme and Counting
In each game had its own rules, often accompanied by children's games and rhymes Counting and sometimes obscure introductions. Take, for example, the famous "rock-paper-scissors." When the children began to play, they shouted something absurd, "zu-e-Fa". This meaningless phrase, in fact, in Chinese means "please begin." The game came to Russia from China in the 1920s.
When the children had to choose "of driving" in the game, they pronounced Counting:
ENIKO-Benik ate dumplings
ENIKO-Benik - Klets!
Came a Soviet sailor.
Another popular Counting:
On the porch sat with gold:
King, prince, king, prince, shoemaker, tailor -
Who are you going like this?
Chewing gum has been a scarce commodity in the Soviet Union. Instead, the children chewed ... flowers. Lungwort had a pleasant honey aroma and was sweetish taste. It was considered a great success found in clusters of lilac Five-flowered believed he possessed magical properties and could help get the "five" in the examination of such flowers hunted and ate them in large quantities.
In winter, the children played in the snow, building snow forts. No one was sitting in the four walls, there's just nothing to do, in winter and summer, enough outdoor activities. Active games and live chat with friends giving a rich life experience.
Home not pound
Mother looked out from the windows of their children and called them home when it was time for lunch or dinner. From the windows of high-rise buildings yard was visible, at a glance, parents were assured of their children playing in the yard. All residents knew each other. Children were playing in the yard playing, guys with guitars flirting with girls, old women were sitting on the benches and discussed teenagers.
That's what was Soviet childhood.