October 2016 - People mean a lot of different things when they say Roman games. Sometimes they mean the sitting-down games people played with each other, like dice and checkers. Sometimes they mean the athletic games people played, like ball games.
Learn by doing: play a game of checkers
More about Roman gladiators
More about Roman chariot racing
Spend the Day in Ancient Rome: Projects and Activities that Bring the Past to Life, Ages 8-12 by Linda Honan (1998). But the project to make knucklebones seems silly. Ask your butcher for real bones, use pebbles, or buy jacks. Easy reading.
Ancient Rome (Eyewitness Books), by Simon James (2004).
Kids Around the World Play!: The Best Fun and Games from Many Lands, by Arlette N. Braman (2002). Easy reading. There are lots of ancient games in here too, even though the title doesn't say so.
Children and Childhood in Roman Italy, by Beryl Rawson (2003).