When you look back at Colonial America, one thing we think about is how their life is different from ours. We think about Colonial Games, and in my mind, that is capitalized, even if that’s incorrect grammar. We picture kids playing with a wooden hoop or maybe playing jacks. Then we marvel at the idea of those same games still being played today. Well, we did it. We had a fun Colonial games lesson with our kids for our history lesson in co-op, and it made a fun addition to our Colonial America lessons.
Future Ticia here, we actually had so much fun with this lesson, we repeated it when we reached this point in history again, so some of these pictures are from our more recent Colonial Games lesson.
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Our Colonial Games Co-op meeting
We got together a few weeks ago and played some of the games that colonists played, but since I had a migraine and the other Mom had two million things going on that day our GRAND AND OVERARCHING PLANS failed……
Instead, we did two easy to reenact games, especially if you’re a former teacher who did the old “marble in the jar trick” for every time you caught someone being good. Seriously I have a big huge box of marbles……..
Originally I had grand plans of making toys, and playing jacks (totally linking to this one because of the cool tin), but that didn’t happen. I’ve since gone on to make some of those with the kids, and play some of them, but it didn’t happen at the co-op.
Supplies needed for our Colonial Games
This lesson in particular (when originally done) was part of the Time Travelers Colonial America Unit
Future Ticia here, my kids did this lesson again and a few other colonial games a second time around right before our last visit to Colonial Williamsburg.
How we started our colonial games co-op
We discovered that it was super easy on our paved concrete driveway with a slight tilt downhill to get marbles out of the circle. Since that is not at all how the colonial kids would be playing games, it was time to move to the patch of mud in our backyard.
Not so easy on the not completely level and bumpy mud that the colonists probably played on. The kids all agreed they did not like playing it like this.
They all enjoyed playing hopscotch, which we couldn’t agree on what the rules are, which led to a discussion on variations on rules in different areas, and how games evolve over time.
Extending the Colonial games lesson
Then I challenged them to come up with a game of their own involving chalk and marbles.
The first group with a lot of eye rolling and “Do we have to’s” came up with a sort of Pictionary with marbles.
The second group came up with a combination of hopscotch and marbles. You rolled the marble and got that many points for the number your marble stopped in.
Future Ticia here again, another time I’ll have to tell you all about our second time learning about this and how we played quoits and Nine Men’s Morris.