Games our Grandparents Played: Childhood in the 1930s



Before television leisure time by Family Line Video Imagine a time before computers, cell phones and flat screen 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 so leisure time was spent together or with other kids in the neighborhood.

Outside Games, Toys and More

  • Baseball
  • Football
  • Box Ball
  • Relevio
  • Marbles
  • 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
  • Red Rover
  • Tops
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  • 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
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  • 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 – For popular radio shows, visit ‘1930s Radio Shows’.
  • You may recognize a few!

Did you grow up in the 1930s? How did you spend your free time?


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9 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?

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