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Children playing during recess

 

During recess children often played games. Baseball was a popular game for boys. Another popular game was Ante Over. A ball was thrown over the schoolhouse, and the first person to find it was the winner. In the winter children could play Fox and Geese. To play this game, make a circle in the snow with 7 or 8 paths going to the center of the circle. The person who is chosen to be the Fox stands in the center of the circle. The other players are Geese and run in one direction around the outside of the circle. The Fox chases the Geese and whoever is caught becomes the Fox.

Other popular games were Drop the Handkerchief, London Bridge is Falling Down and Ring around the Rosy.

Playing at Recess
--Photo courtesy of the State Historical Society of Iowa, 402 Iowa Avenue, Iowa City, IA 52240 http://www.iowahistory.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boys building a fence

 

Children also helped their teachers during recess. These boys are helping their teacher build a fence around the school. Other duties students performed were filling the coal or wood box, starting a fire, carrying water and cleaning the school.

Boys Building a Fence Near Their School
--Photo courtesy of the State Historical Society of Iowa, 402 Iowa Avenue, Iowa City, IA 52240 http://www.iowahistory.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boys Playing Tug of War

 

During recess boys and girls often played separately. In the book, The Long Winter , Laura and Mary walked to school for the first time and saw a group of boys playing ball. One of the boys, Cap Garland, threw the ball to Laura. She longed to play ball but she refused because girls didn't play boys' games. The boys in this photograph are playing tug-of-war on their way to school. Where do you think the girls are?

Boys Playing Tuf of War Near Their School
--Photo courtesy of the State Historical Society of Iowa, 402 Iowa Avenue, Iowa City, IA 52240 http://www.iowahistory.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

A School Class on the porch of their school

 

These children are posing with their teacher on the front porch of a house.
What special occasion do you think they are posing for?

Children in Anita, Iowa

 

 

 

 

 

 



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