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20 07, 2017

Indian games: ancient India

By |2019-09-17T11:36:24-07:00July 20th, 2017|India|2 Comments

Indian games: A die found in excavations at a Harappan period site. Note that the six is not opposite the one. The first games in India People brought the idea of throwing the knucklebones of sheep or pigs to tell the future, or to play a game of skill like jacks, when they first came from Africa to India about 40,000 BC. [...]

23 06, 2017

Who invented board games?

By |2019-02-20T21:11:22-07:00June 23rd, 2017|Africa, Games|0 Comments

King Tutankhamon's Senet Board (ca. 1300 BC) When were the first board games? People were playing board games earlier than we have any records. Probably the first board games were scratched into dirt. People played with stones or fruit pits for pieces. History of games Games in ancient Africa All our Africa articles What's [...]

11 06, 2017

A day in ancient India – India project

By |2017-06-11T01:07:15-07:00June 11th, 2017|Games, India|0 Comments

Indian Snakes and Ladders game (1700s AD) If you're a teacher, parent, or day camp counselor thinking of spending a week or so on ancient India, here's some ideas other people have found useful: For clothes, a long t-shirt over loose pants like sweatpants is good for boys, or wrapping a long piece [...]

31 05, 2017

Central Asian board games

By |2018-04-16T12:31:30-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, Games|0 Comments

Kids playing knucklebones (Burma) Central Asian people played a lot of active games, but they also played games sitting down. Because Central Asian people spent a lot of time herding cattle and sheep, their most popular games involved small animal bones, mainly vertebrae, and the games were like the American game of jacks, or knucklebones. [...]