They did not have as much time as we do today to read or play games. Even young Pilgrim children were needed to work their parents farms, hunt, fish and participate in the every day life of their community.
Religious activities, school and helping around the house with daily living activities also took a part of their time each week.
During what little free time they had, Pilgrim children were allowed to play games.
They probably played games with each other and their new friends, the Native America children on Thanksgiving Day. They may have played a game called naughts and crosses, that we know as tic, tac, toe, and a game they called draughts that we know as checkers.
Pilgrim children may also played other games such as ball games, shooting marbles and a game similar to hide and seek, called blind man’s bluff.