Victorian Playground Games that Children Love Today
Even in the Victorian era children loved to play outside and always got the best of their creativity when it came to coming up with new and interesting games to play and have fun with. Even today many of those games that were created back then are still played today and are in fact quite popular, often proving to be a firm favourite. Let’s take a look at what those games are and why they are so entertaining.
The Jumping Rope
An all-time classic and favourite. We have all played it and it is an absolute blast for many children around the world. It’s quite surprising to know that jumping rope has in fact been around for centuries. The only thing that’s needed for this game to be made possible is a skipping rope or just a simple rope abandoned on the ground for the children to use and play with. Jumping rope has always been around and was one of the very first games that children learned how to play. It is easy, fun and can even come with different levels of difficulty, as the children easily get used to jumping for a long time. From double dutch to criss cross, it’s an amazing way to provide them with the levels of physical activity they need!
Yes, football. One of the most popular, modern, most watched and played games of all time! Football has been around for many years and was also very loved by the children in the Victorian era. Back in the day, the balls were usually made by real animal skin and leather. They were usually played where there was more free space – most commonly on the streets. The game has proven to be an amazing way for children to stay physically active while having lots of fun and also enhancing their coordination and social skills. It has even become one of the most desired and dreamed of professions for many children!
Tug of War
Enormously popular now as well as back then! In the Victorian era, tug of war was also an extremely well known and enjoyed playground game by many children. It is easy to learn and play, but also very simple to set up. All you need is a long piece of strong rope and enthusiastic players to take part. You need two teams in lines opposite one another, evenly spaced to make it fair. A line is drawn on the ground and the children have to pull with all their strength in order to win. The team that pulls the rope over the line wins. Easy, entertaining, and great for the muscles!
There are a lot of games that have been played for a very long time. Most of them are still children’s favourites, and even adults find themselves playing them sometime. They don’t require too much equipment to be played and are sure to provide your pupils with lots of fun and giggles – and this is exactly what makes them so awesome!