Many eighteenth century games are already familiar to twenty-first century students. Colonial children played tag, hopscotch and leapfrog. Encourage your students to create new versions of these well-known games.
Bring the old times into your classes with hoop-rolling. Instead of large wooden hoops, use plastic Hula Hoops. Students race against one another from one place to another, keeping the hoop rolling in front of them. Hilarity will ensue as the hoops “escape" from the children, and they have to chase them outside the shortest lane to the finish line.
Another eighteenth century game the children will enjoy is Nine Pins. Similar to bowling, the game was played on a lawn. The pins were placed in rows of three and children tried to knock them all down with a ball.
Colonial children also played with flying kites. Incorporate a math lesson into making the kites, as children explore which shapes and proportions produce the highest fliers. You can also add art and science, language arts, or history to the activity by having students create graphic review sheets on the kites for the unit topics currently under study. For example, ask students to create one section that shows the setting of a novel, another with the characters, yet another with the conflict and the resolution and so on.