What the Colonist Did for Fun!
Most of the colonist had a simple life. There was so much work to be done that there was little time left for play. When families got together to build houses, they often spent time “playing” when the work was done. Men and boys had foot races and shooting contests. The women had corn husking contests and quilting bees. At a quilting bee the women would sew pieces of cloth together to make a quilt. One quilt was made at every quilting bee. The young children played hopscotch and marbles. They made kites to fly.
The colonists did not have movies, or TV, but they still found ways to have fun. The children would play a game that was similar to soccer and baseball that we play today. The adults would race horses. Families had puppet shows. There was a traveling circus that went from town to town. The people would get to see wild animals and watch acrobats swing from the church steeples.