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The One, Two, Threes of Pioneer Life

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Nine boys

   A group of boys are
lined up, ready to
play baseball

9 boys with their baseball bats

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9 boys with their
baseball bats


Although pioneer children had many chores to do, they also had time to play. They played Crack the Whip, Kick the Can and Drop the Handkerchief. They played baseball, marbles, tag and hide-and-seek. In the winter children played Fox and Geese and went ice skating and sledding. Sometimes they argued over which game to play. In On the Banks of Plum Creek, Nellie Oleson went into the schoolhouse crying when Laura and the other girls refused to play Ring-around-a-Rosy.

 

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