Before classrooms were littered with iPads and other fancy electronics, teachers resorted to old-fashioned indoor classroom games that wasted a lot of time.
Anything was better than studying or completing worksheets, so we went along with it, but not all these games were as hype as teachers tried to make them. That being said, not all were that bad either.
Let's be real though, the ones that were more competitive were the most fun. Here are 10 indoor games that will open the floodgates to some of your favorite, and maybe most-hated, childhood memories.
Seven Up (Heads down, thumbs up!)
This is probably the most loved and hated indoor classroom game of all time. If your classmates weren't a bunch of cheaters who pretended their eyes were closed, this game was awesome. But utopia doesn't exist, so this game was only fun for the first few minutes until everyone was irritated by so-and-so who fluttered their eyelashes while classmates walked by.
This one wasn't too bad if it didn't stretch on for more than 10 minutes. If your teacher chose the words, it was probably more organized and less unruly. If students were chosen, then you had to stick your forefinger in your ear to drown out the noise.
Did you know that this game dates back to ancient Rome? It was originally called "Cicero says do this" until an English nobleman, who happened to be so powerful he imprisoned King Henry III, inspired the name change. I'm proud to say that now I can pat my head and rub my tummy at the same time. Clearly, I learned so much.
The only aim here was to have fun. All you had to do was wiggle your body to the age-appropriate music until it stopped playing. Then it happened all over gain. Maybe it was fun until you hit middle school.
The glory days! Nothing felt better than shrieking bingo at the top of your lungs. The prize may have not been so great, but those jealous glares as children pushed away all chips from their paper was worth it.
The best is yet to come!
This game was nothing like the picture below, but it always made everyone in the classroom laugh.
Playing four corners felt like you were out running with your friends at recess. Also, don't deny that your fingers were crossed hoping the person in the middle would not call out the number of your corner.
This is perhaps one of the most infuriating games to play. There's always this one person, usually a guy, who thinks he's funny and screws the game up. The point of the game is for people to screw it up so we can all have a good laugh after, but not when that one person ruins the game on purpose.
Whether it was word slap or relay race to the board, these two games got extremely competitive. We can all recall a time someone got hurt.
If you were the boy on the left in the picture below, I'm deeply sorry for you. This was, hands down, the best indoor game ever.
Indoor games were pretty good overall, but the best time killer was this:
If only you could play parachute games in the classroom!
Which games did you love or hate?