Playing children’s games of yesteryear

From left are Donay Jonkers, Mia Petersen, Alexa Barron, Courtney Goedeman and Lamar Gamba.

Drie blikkies, nickies and five stones were just some of the children’s games from yesteryear that young and old took a crack at in Rocklands on Youth Day.

The event in Kraai Street was organised by the Rocklands sub-forum of the Mitchell’s Plain Community Police Forum.

Linda Jones, the sub-forum’s project coordinator, said the children and their parents had enjoyed the games.

“All those games of our years and our generation were really fun games and a great time to be a child. Some of them didn’t know about the games, such as five stones. We are grateful to those who assisted us in making this day possible for the community,” she said.

Sub-forum chairwoman Hilary Pieterse said physical fitness had been at the heart of the games they had played as children

“We want to empower them to put down their phones, come outside and experience play. Children don’t really play anymore, but this space has allowed them to do so.”

Parent Sherry-Lee Gamba said the games had brought the children together.

“It keeps them from doing wrong. It’s a privilege to see how the youth come together. It is also important as parents to encourage playing with our children, to be present in their lives and show that we love and care for them.”

For more information, contact the Rocklands sub-forum secretary, Natasha Thwaites, at 081 512 7693.

From left are Rocklands sub-forum members, Linda Jones; Washiela Sardien; Captain Mornay Kleinhans, the sector commander for Rocklands from Mitchell’s Plain SAPS; Natasha Thwaites; Elizabeth Ontong and Hilary Pieterse.
The children in the sand pit from left are Arshaad Daniels, Ezekiel Foute, Elijah Erasmus, Jaleom Nil, Zya Quickfore, Zuriena Vermeulen, Jayvon Solomons and Nayum Erasmus.
Children, parents and members of the Mitchell’s Plain CPF’s Rocklands sub-forum played indigenous games on Youth Day.