Here are the names of games that children played in 17 th -century England and that children still play today. In the 21 st century,
however, we know them by different names. Can you guess which is which?
A. naughts and crosses 1. Keep Away
B. draughts 2. Hide and Seek
C. all hid 3. Tic, Tac, Toe
D. hop frog 4. Checkers
E. Lummelen 5. Leap Frog
What else might Pilgrim children have done for fun? They might have played word games, like gliffes. Gliffes are tongue twisters.
Here's one from the 1600's. “Dick drunk drink in a dish; where's the dish Dick drunk drink in?” Blowing bubbles was also a popular
pastime for children. Children might even have played with toys like stilts, pinwheels, tops, hoops and marbles.
It's pretty safe to guess that children in Plymouth Colony probably played the same kinds of games that were played in England
and Holland at that time. Historians aren't sure how often children in Plymouth played. Children in Plymouth Colony began at an
early age to do important work for the family like working in the corn fields, cooking, fetching water, taking care of the animals,
and watching younger children. Some children also learned to read and write at home; there was no school in Plymouth for many
Next time you play one of these games, stop and think how amazing it is that you're playing the same game that children played
400 or 500 years ago!