by Denise Weimerhttp://deniseweimerbooks.webs.com
- Hop Scotch – called “Scotch hopping” during Colonial days
- Peg games – these included Solitaire, Fox & Geese and Nine Men’s Morris
- Tops – five types were known in England by the 1500s, the most common being the turnip-shaped peg top
- Jump rope
- Marbles – most made of clay, with glass ones highly prized
- Ninepins – early bowling game brought to the Hudson River Valley by the Dutch in the 17th Century
- Jacob’s Ladder – wooden squares
that moved mysteriously down the attached ribbon
The Jacob's Ladder
- Whirligigs – various objects twirled on a string, could be carved wooden, worn-out coins as excavated from early American towns and plantations, or even buttons
- Draughts – checkers
- Bilbo Catcher – the ball attached to a cup by a string, with the more challenging option being to balance the ball on the opposite point using a hole drilled in the ball
- Battledore and Shuttlecock – much like badminton, used wooden paddles to bat back and forth a feathered cork “birdie” shuttlecock
- Fivestones – later called Jacks. Originally used animal knuckle bones, then wooden, then metal pointed pieces, with the “Jack” being replaced by a wooden, then rubber, ball.
- Quoits – ring toss game with rope rings tossed onto a wooden peg on a base
- Trundling Hoop – a large hoop rolled with a long stick (note: requires a LOT of running!)
- Graces – wooden ring, often
be-ribboned, was sent flying to another player with the pull of crossed sticks.
The other player was expected to catch the ring on a stick, then send it back.
Fun when played in a group. This game was considered a girls’ pass-time and was
expected to encourage graceful movements.
Graces at Traveler's Rest GA