Children's Games since 1900: Playtimes website from the British Library

By Rachel Hayward | 14 March 2011
British Library Playtimes website screenshot showing a still from a video with the hands of children making fist shapes to play the one potato two potato game.
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Here's a great interactive website for teachers and children about playtime games past and present....

Playtimes is the British Library's latest microsite and features unique recordings and footage of children’s games and rhymes from 1900 to the present day.

There's a Teachers' section with helpful suggestions for curriculum-linked classroom activities linked to the Paytimes content.

We loved the archive footage available on the site, especially the 1900 film of the boys playing leapfrog. Do not try it at home folks!

We also recommend the Your Stories section where pupils can send in video film of themselves playing games - or write in too. This would make a perfect classroom project linked to KS1 or KS2 History.

Click on the link for a pupil-friendly version about Playtimes on our kids' site Show Me.

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