We used rocks when I was a kid.
Do any of you remember that. We used to have to make ourselves a hat and dance around a pole holding a piece of ribbon to unite with our communist brethren.
I had no idea about the communist tilt until adulthood and wondered why it vanished.
We too. Once I got nailed just above an eye and took several stitches. We also used bamboo spears, but I don't recall any serious mishaps from that. The worst mishap of all, while playing chase games. was running full speed into the metal cable of a clothesline positioned at my eye level. They had to glue that wound. There were no fat kids in my circle of friends and we all somehow survived childhood.