Monday, September 13, 2010

Jump board. Jump plank. Call it whatever, but it's a game children of the 1940's played at school. Picture this, a seesaw with a child standing on one end, another child climbing a fence, tree, anything high enough to jump off and land on the opposite end and send victim sailing through the air. Clowns in a circus made it famous. Children with no other playground equipment made it fun.

No one ever broke a leg, not that anyone has reported to me. One girl said she fell into the open pit the school was in the process of digging for a new outhouse location. She skinned her leg, the teacher didn't blink. So she cleaned herself up and went back for more.

Catch of the day,



  1. Oh, I can hear the gasps of parents who are watching the playground, arms crossed, sure to never take an eye off their child, in today's world... horrors!!

  2. At my kids grade school you can't even throw snow balls anymore.

  3. Hi Gretchen,

    Did you ever play? I didn't. But I bounced someone up in the air on the other end of a seesaw plenty of times.

    This is a fun post. You're doing a great job with this project and gaining interest with this blog. Congratulations!

    Linda A.

  4. Haha, I totally did this with my friends! Of course, I didn't know the official name for it. Now I do. :) Fun post!

  5. I did this too! I didn't know the name either.

    I'm new here. *waves* Nice to meet you. :)

  6. It didn't take all that much to entertain kids once upon a time!
    Thanks for your comments everyone. I enjoy hearing stories.

  7. Thanks for the snippets. Love the olive story. I'll have to look for the mtn. next time I'm driving in the area!