Category Archives: Come Out and Play

Come Out And Play – Box Ball

Foursquare, or Box Ball as it was known in much of Philadelphia, is a popular playground game across the United States. The game has been compared to a miniature version of tennis that originated in Europe centuries ago. The Foursquare that is common today became popular around World War I and World War II. Of course, the rules […]


The Berbers, or as they call themselves the Amazigh, are an ethnic group native to North Africa. Amazigh is thought to mean “free people.” They are related to the ancient Egyptians and they live throughout Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Mali, Niger and Mauritania. In previous years, they were much more populous, but they have […]

Come Out and Play- Ulama

Ulama is a Mesoamerican game that was popular in ancient Central America. The Mayans called the game Pok a Tok and the Aztecs called it Tlachtli. Today, it is called Ulama. Originally it was a very harsh and violent game. People were often harmed and some even died. It is the oldest team sport in […]

Come Out and Play – Bowling

Bowling can be a lot of fun. Did you know that children in the Colonial era bowled, too? e game they played was a little different, though. Instead of going to a bowling alley and using a ball to try to knock down 10 pins, they played a game called Nine Pin. […]

Soviet Games

From 1922 to 1991, Russia was called the Union of Soviet Socialist Republic, or the U.S.S.R. For many of the nation’s citizens this was a very difficult time. There were strict rules to follow and few goods to purchase. It was difficult for families to get food, let alone toys for the children. Even though […]

Double Ball

As Louis and Clark travelled exploring the Louisiana Purchase they faced many obstacles. They had to find, food, shelter and water in an unfamiliar landscape. Often the land itself made it difficult for them to travel with tall mountains and thick rivers. Along the way they met many Native American people who helped them survive. […]

The Golden Gate is Open

The Golden Gate Is Open is a fun and easy game to play with a few friends. It can be played outdoors or inside, wherever there is enough room to run around a little. It is a simple and easy game without any real winner or losers.

How to play:
• To play the […]

Come Out and Play – Queimada

Queimada is a game popular all over South America. It is similar to the popular American game dodge ball and has variations played all over the world. It is a simple game that can be played with just a few or many friends. It is easy and fun to play, which is why variations of […]

Come Out and Play – Trompo

Trompo or Trompos is a traditional game popular in much of Latin America, including Ecuador. Children of all ages can play this game. The Trompo is a special top. They were originally made of wood, but they can also be made of plastic or metal. The tops are pear-shaped amd fat on the top […]

Come Out and Play – Tiger Gamer

Bagh-Chal is the national game of Nepal. It is a very old strategy game that was originally created by Himalayan herders. The name of the game can be roughly translated to “Moving Tiger” and it mimics the daily work of the herders. It is played by two players with unequal forces. One player controls 20 […]