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Games through history…

Games through history…

Games have been around for donkey’s years but have you ever wondered where some games originated from and how they became so popular? We will take you through the history of a few classic games that have become firm family favourites in the UK over the years:

Noughts and Crosses

Noughts and Crosses is an ancient game that has been played in Britain for centuries. There’s evidence that the game even dates back to being played by the Egyptians in 1300BC! Did you know there are 255,168 possible outcomes to a game of Noughts and Crosses which maybe makes it a little more complicated than it first appears!

Snakes and Ladders

The board game that today is known commonly as Snakes and Ladders originated in 16th century Indian where it was called Mokshapat. Originally the game was about moral instruction for children where it focused on the teachings of morality and spirituality but as time went on the game became more about success and a basic race to the finish line!


This game involves hitting wooden balls through hoops with a mallet, it may seem very simple but the game has been hugely popular in the UK since it originated in the 17th century. Here’s a fun fact for you about croquet- Rapper P Diddy held a croquet party to celebrate becoming the first rap performer to be given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!


Now we’re fast forwarding to the 19th century… during the Victorian era children tended to play outdoors in the street (before the emergence of cars zooming down the streets like today) and this is where classic street games were devised! Children shared and threw toys like hoops, marbles and skipping ropes, played chasing games such as tag and played catch with balls. They also played Hopscotch which you still see kids playing in the school playground today.

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