What Games Did the Ancient Egyptians Play?

Much like modern societies, the ancient Egyptians played board games and various sports, and children played with toys. Many artifacts have been discovered that relate to games and play, including a board game that was found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun.

Senet was a popular board game played with a checkered board and a set of seven pieces for each player. Players threw sticks or sheep knucklebones to determine the next move. Another board game involved 20 squares and five pieces for each player, but the exact rules are unknown.

Popular sports included boxing and wrestling. It is believed that children played games with balls as well as a game called "pressing the grapes," which was apparently played by girls who held hands and danced in a ring. The rules of these games are also unknown.