How many games are really NEW games?

How many games are really NEW games?
It’s not surprising to find that children through the ages have played with toys, but it is surprising to find that some of our modern toys and games have their roots way back in the past.  

Although the underlying values of entertainment and learning have remained, the change has been the way games are presented, wht it’s made of, the way it’s played, the media used and how is it powered. 

Over 10,000 years ago in the Stone Age it’s likely that children would have played with dolls made from feathers, fur, sticks and clay and probably made gourds into rattles and invented games with shells, pebbles or seeds. 

4,000 years ago the Ancient Egyptians’ children played with toy animals, spinning tops and brightly coloured balls made of papyrus reeds or rags. 

In Ancient Greece about 2,500 years ago they played with rag dolls and clay models of people riding on geese or donkeys.  They also played with yo-yos! 

Most toys in Roman Britain were made of wood or rags, but girls’ dolls were often carved from wood or bone, or made from pottery.  Dolls’ heads may have been covered with human hair.  Boys also played with dolls, but these were of gladiators and had moving limbs - Action Man!  Gladiators were like today’s sports stars having their own following. 

Romans enjoyed board games and the favourite was ‘three stones’, a bit like noughts and crosses while young women used to play knucklebones, something like today’s ‘jacks’. 

One of the most popular games of the Middle Ages was Nine Men’s Morris, a board game for two players still available today in many forms - magnetic, travel size, wooden or plastic.  The Vikings brought a board game to England called hnefatafl.  Sometimes called Viking Chess, the king has to escape from the centre throne with soldiers and bodyguards battling it out. This game or a very similar version can now be played online!  


Created On  29 May 2014 17:38 in Education and Learning  -  Permalink

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