What Did the Egyptians Do for Fun?

While Egyptian adults played games like dice, senet, checkers or sports for fun, children played with dolls, spinning tops and also enjoyed outdoor games. Sports, such as wrestling, boxing, boat competitions and fencing, were also an important part of Egyptian leisure life.

Senet was a very popular board game that is an ancient version of snakes and ladder. The object of the game was to move a piece through a snake-like path and finish on a square that represented either good or bad fortune. Another board game played by the ancient Egyptians was 20 squares.

Children enjoyed outdoor games like ball, tug of war, racing, shooting arrows, and piggyback. Girls danced and played with dolls and other toys.

Egyptians also had fun at parties where there would be flute or harp music. Dancers used rattles called sistras while dancing.