Games our Grandparents Played: Childhood in the 1930s

kids 1930s games by Family Line VideoImagine a time before computers, cell phones and flat screen T.V.s. Without the technology that occupies our time today, what did our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents do for fun when they were children?

Below are a few of the more popular games, activities and toys of the 1930’s. It was the era of the Great Depression when families didn’t have a lot of money and leisure time was spent together or with other children in the neighborhood.

Outdoor Games, Toys and More

  • Baseball
  • Football
  • Box Ball
  • Relevio
  • Marbles 1930s radio by Family Line Video
  • Hide and Go Seek
  • Drop the Handkerchief
  • Kick the Can
  • Stink Fish
  • Mother, May I
  • Simple Simon
  • Tag
  • Jump Rope
  • Duck, Duck Goose
  • Capture the Flag
  • Hop scotch
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  • Tops
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Wooden Wagons
  • Scooters
  • Ring toss
  • BB guns
  • Sleds
  • Peddle cars
  • Roller and Ice Skates
  • Bicycles

Indoor Games, Toys and More

  • Monopoly
  • Scrabble
  • Sorry!
  • Game of Life
  • Chutes and Ladder
  • Wahoo
  • Finance
  • Anagrams
  • Easy Money
  • Stock Ticker
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  • Meet The Missus
  • Buccaneer
  • Cards
  • Checkers
  • Dominos
  • Erector sets
  • Toy Trains Sets
  • Dolls – Shirley Temple doll
  • Doll Houses
  • Balsa wood construction kits – planes
  • Lincoln Logs
  • Tinker Toys
  • Radio

What games did your parents or grandparents play as children? Post in the comment section below for others to see!

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12 thoughts on “Games our Grandparents Played: Childhood in the 1930s”

  1. Has anyone heard of a game called camel, where one person bends over and holds a stick and other jump on him to try to knock him over.

  2. Need real name of this game we played in the 1930’s—with a leader or spaldeine pinkish ball first-second and third

  3. we played a game we called ‘andy, andy, over’ and you threw the ball over the school house (one room) and yelled andy, andy, over. But I can’t remember what we did next. I think it was run around the house and try to tag the other team. Does anyone remember this?

  4. My Mom & Dad taught me this game long ago so I’m guessing it might be from the 30s,40’s or 50’s? Or maybe even an old Navy game- as my Dad served in WW2. All I can remember is the # of times you repeated the word “golly” meant something in trying to figure out the answer. It also involved hand motions to give clues re which vowel was needed in sequence? (Maybe)
    They are gone now😢 & I wish I could remember-it was so much fun!
    Golly golly golly! … I hope someone can help!

  5. I am reading my sister’s diary, kept by my mom, and this entry, dated Aug 4, 1936: ‘Saw Shirley Temple in ‘Poor Little Rich Girl’. Tonight played ‘Screens’ for the first time.’ (my sister would have been 9 at the time)
    Any idea what ‘Screens’ was? I know my sister growing up was crazy about movie stars (like all of her girl friends).

    • Hi Don,
      ‘Screens’ was short for movie screens. The movie came out in 1936 so she was seeing the first release. It sounds like you have a very special family heirloom.



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