What Did the Pilgrims Do for Fun?

Activities that the Pilgrim children engaged in for fun included word games, riddles, blowing bubbles and playing with toys, such as marbles, stilts, hoops and tops. Adults also took part in some games and dances during celebrations.

Pilgrim children did not play as much as today’s children. They spent most of their time working hard and attending to other family tasks. Playing games was perceived to be a way of resting from work. Therefore, most parents encouraged their children to take part in games that would improve on their skills. They didn’t want children to take part in games that involved luck as that was much like gambling.