Fun and games

Board games- Board games in the early 1900s lacked the technology used in board games today. Most board games involved dice and pieces that you moved from space to space. These games are won by the first person whose piece reaches the finish space.
Tag- is a game where one person is "it". This person has to touch someone else then that person is "it". This game usually involves running.
Hide and go seek- This a game where someone is "it". This person has to find the others playing the game. The tricky part is that the others hide from you. The better hiding spot you get the better chance of not being found.
Kick the Wickey- The game is played with a foot long stick. One person kicks the stick. Whoever catches the stick wins.
Marbles- In marbles you would make a circle of string. You would put all the marbles in the circle except each player would keep one. With this marble you would try and hit other marbles out of the circle. The person who gets the most marbles wins.


Doll- Most girls and some boys had dolls. Dolls were like an extra friend who always agreed and never fought.
Jack in the Box- On a jack in the box there would be a crank that you would turn. The box would play music and then jack would pop out of the top of the box.
Kite- A kite is usually a triangular shaped piece of paper tied to a string. On a windy day you would run pulling your kite behind you. It will eventually lift off the ground and fly in the air.

Match the game or toy to its correct sentence.
1. Building blocks
2. Tag
3. Kite
4. Kick the wickey
5. Dolls
6. Hide and go seek
7. Marbles
8. Jack in the box

A. This game is played by hiding from another person.
B. These toys are like an extra friend.
C. This game was played by kicking a foot long stick and trying to catch it.
D. This toy has a crank you turn that plays music.
E. These toys are used to build.
F. This game is played with small round objects and string.
G. This toy will fly if you pull it while running.
H. In this game, that involves running, one person is “it”.

For a long list of games and how to play them, click on this link:'s_games

For a taste of home made entertainment click on this link to see a video reconstruction:

The 1900 Olympic Games

180px-1900_Olympic_Games_Official_Postcard_Paris.jpgThe 1900 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the II Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event which was celebrated in 1900 in Paris, France.
No opening or closing ceremonies were held but competitions began on May 14 and ended on October 28. The Games were held as part of the 1900 World's Fair. Over a thousand competitors took part in 19 different sports. Women took part in the games for the first.

The decision to hold competitions on a Sunday brought protests from many athletes, who travelled as representatives of their colleges and were expected to withdraw rather than compete on their religious day of rest.
Most of the winners in 1900 did not receive medals, but were given cups or trophies. Professionals competed alongside amateurs

Some unusual events were contested for the only time in the history of the Games. The equestrian high and long jumps, swimming obstacle race, two-day cricket and live pigeon shooting being foremost among them.
20 disciplines, comprising 19 sports, were part of the Olympic program in Paris. 13 new sports were added. Swimming and water polo were considered to be two disciplines within Olympic aquatics.
  • Archery
  • Athletics
  • Basque pelota
  • Cricket
  • Croquet
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf

  • Gymnastics
  • Polo
  • Rowing
  • Rugby union
  • Sailing
  • Shooting
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Tug of war
  • Water polo