Toys and Sports
When colonists had work they asked neighbors to help them so they could have leisure time. Colonial children had few simple toys such as dolls, marbles, and tops. They played tag, blindman's bluff, and stoolball.
Bees and Frolics
Colonists combined work and play by organizing "bees and frolics." New settlers might hold a “chopping bee” in which all the neighbors helped clear the trees off their land. Other frolics included corn-husking bees for men and quilting bees for women. Sharing the work made it faster and more fun.
The children played tag in their free time when they didn't have to help.
They went sledding down the snowy hills in the winter.
Fairs were held throughout the colonies. At these events, colonists competed in contests of skill and artistry. There were footraces, wrestling matches, dance contests, and wild scrambles to see who could win a prize by catching a greased pig or climbing a greased pole.
Adults Play Games
Adults enjoyed several sports. Almost every village had a bowling green. Here, men rolled egg-shaped balls down a lane of grass toward a white ball called a jack. Colonists also played a game similar to backgammon called tick-tack and a form of billiards (pool) called trock.