We used white chalk to draw our game board on the asphalt street. Our pattern was 1-2-3, 4/5, 6, 7/8, 9, and a big circle for 10. Each person took a turn and had to throw a rock or bottle cap into the sequential numbered block. Then you hopped forward on one foot in the vertical blocks. You landed with both feet in the two horizontal sets of 4/5 and 7/8. On the way up to 10 you had to skip over the block with the rock. Then we turned around and hopped back to 1, picking up our rock on the way. The challenges of the game were to be able to hop and balance, and to throw your rock exactly where it was needed. We played this for hours, running off the street when any cars came through. I recall at least one time when my dad came home and was quite upset with all the chalk in the road. He made me take a broom and a bucket of water out to wash it all off. I was so embarrassed and hurt.
Chalk in the street games also included hangman, and something with initials. We drew a large block and divided it into a grid. We each filled several blocks with initials, like M.M. for Mickey Mouse. Then we took turns and threw our rock into a block and had to guess the initials. If correct, we got to put our initials in the block and claim it. The person with the most blocks won. After awhile it was difficult to come up with unique initials.
Marbles were best played in the dirt. The boys in the neighborhood played this more than the girls, but I liked the shared collection my brother and I had. One 'marble' was really a large metal ball bearing.
Some school games didn't adapt well at home without a large group like Freeze Tag, Red Rover, 1-2-3 Red Light, Hot Potato, Mother May I, and Simon Says.
Another great game we played at my grandparents' house was croquet. My grandfather made the wooden mallets and we used regular softballs. He enjoyed mowing the grass to get the yard ready for a few fun matches with my parents and brother. He was expert at playing, and just laughed and laughed when he got through the wire pickets with his trick one-handed slam.
"You who are young, be happy while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth."