Old Fashioned Games

Today’s post was inspired by one of the events in ‘Dare to Explore’, Auckland Libraries’ summer reading adventure that this blogger took part in earlier this morning.
Dare to Explore runs over December and January and encourages participants to read every day over the holidays to try and avoid the “summer slide” whilst completing some fun challenges along the way.
This morning’s event was called ‘Old Fashioned Games’, and it was an opportunity to show some local children games that were played before PC and console gaming became dominant leisure pursuits.

Although seesaws are still enjoyed by us today so don’t really count as old fashioned, they’re not commonly seen in many people’s front or back yards anymore: 

The games we played this morning included old favourites like: what’s the time Mr. Wolf?, hopscotch, musical chairs, giant Connect Four and even a water balloon Olympics. Health and Safety issues prevented us from trying out homemade seesaws and stilts...

This nostalgic morning led me to look back further in our Footprints database for some examples of even older games that children have enjoyed playing. Footprints can be browsed by theme which made finding images on this topic simple, as one of the themes is ‘Leisure’. Footprints is our image database for the South Auckland and Counties-Manukau regions. For more detailed information about this wonderful resource, please see our previous posts about it.

Have I missed out any games you remember playing? Please let us know in the comments if there are any glaring omissions.

Playing with toy boats was evidently popular: 

Author: Andrew Henry


  1. marbles, conkers,

  2. If you are interested in other kinds of old games the Internet Archive has over 2000 MS-DOS games that are playable in your browser: https://archive.org/details/softwarelibrary_msdos_games


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