Games our Grandparents Played: Childhood in the 1930s



Before television leisure time by Family Line Video Imagine a time before computers, cell phones and flatscreen T.V.s. Without the technology that occupies so much of 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 neighborhood children.

Outdoor Games, Toys and More

  • Baseball
  • FootballGames our Grandparents played by Family Line Video
  • Box Ball
  • Relevio
  • Marbles
  • Hide and Go Seek
  • Drop the Handkerchief
  • Kick the Can
  • Stink Fish
  • Mother, May I
  • Simple Simon
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  • Jump Rope
  • Duck, Duck Goose
  • Capture the Flag
  • Hop scotch
  • Red Rover
  • Tops
  • Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Wooden Wagons
  • ScootersGames Life story video biographies by Family Line Video
  • Ring toss
  • BB guns
  • Sledding
  • Peddle cars
  • Roller and Ice Skates
  • Bicycles

Indoor Games, Toys and More

  • Monopoly
  • Scrabble
  • Sorry!
  • Game of LifeGames life story video biography by Family Line Video Chicago
  • Chutes and Ladder
  • Wahoo
  • Finance
  • Anagrams
  • Easy Money
  • Stock Ticker
  • Buccaneer
  • Cards
  • Checkers
  • Dominos
  • Erector setsChicago 1940s by Family Line Video
  • Toy Trains Sets
  • Dolls- Shirley Temple doll
  • Doll Houses
  • Balsa wood construction kits – planes
  • Lincoln Logs
  • Tinker Toys
  • Radio

What games did your parents and grandparents play? Let us know in comment section below and we’ll add them to the list.


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

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

  2. 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?

  3. 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!

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