Pioneer Games

This summer try playing some of these fun games that pioneer children used to play. For more fun pioneer activities see my blog Celebrate Pioneer Day.

Shadow Tag
This game needs to be played on a sunny day. The person who is it tries to step on another player’s shadow. If their shadow is stepped on they have to stand still. The game continues until every person has been tagged. Then the first person tagged becomes it. If a player gets tired of running they can lay down. Then the player who is it can’t tag them.

Ducks Fly
This game is similar to Simon Says. One child is chosen to be the leader. The other players face the leader. The leader tells the other children what to do. Then they copy the actions and sounds that the leader makes. The leader will say “ducks fly” and flap his arms. The players also flap their arms. The leader continues with other actions like “cats meow”, “dogs bark,” etc. But the leader also tries to trick others by mixing up the animal and sounds. If he says “sheep oink” the players must remain quiet until the leader says it correctly. If a player oinks then they are out.

Poor Doggie (or Poor Kitty)
The point of this game is to make a player smile. The player who is “it” is the doggie. They must try to make someone smile or laugh. The players sit in a circle and the “Doggie” goes to each player and barks, whines, and imitates a dog. The players have to pet “Doggie” and say “Poor Doggie, Poor Doggie, Poor Doggie!” The player must not smile while saying this or he/she will become the next Doggie. Players are allowed to laugh and smile when the “Doggie” is not visiting them.

Races
Have a sack race or three-legged race. For a sack race you will need a burlap sack or old pillowcase. Have the players put their feet inside the sack and then race to a finish line.

In a three-legged race two people stand next to each other. The two legs next to each other are tied together. Then they have to race to a finish line.

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About Teresa McEntire

Teresa McEntire grew up in Utah the oldest of four children. She currently lives in Kuna, Idaho, near Boise. She and her husband Gene have been married for almost ten years. She has three children Tyler, age six, Alysta, four, and Kelsey, two. She is a stay-at-home mom who loves to scrapbook, read, and of course write. Spending time with her family, including extended family, is a priority. She is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and currently works with the young women. Teresa has a degree in Elementary Education from Utah State University and taught 6th grade before her son was born. She also ran an own in-home daycare for three years. She currently writes educational materials as well as blogs for Families.com. Although her formal education consisted of a variety of child development classes she has found that nothing teaches you better than the real thing. She is constantly learning as her children grow and enjoys sharing that knowledge with her readers.