Pioneer Games

Pioneer Games

Jen (thanks Jen for sharing these with us)
Kona, Hawaii Stake

I Have a Basket

To play this game the players for a circle.  The first player begins the game by saying “I have a basket.”  The person beside him or her asks, “What’s inside?”  The first player has to name something that starts with the letter A.  The seconds person has to name an object with a B and so on.


Post Office

In this game each player chooses the name of a city.  One player is the postal clerk.  The rest of the players sit in a circle.  The clerk calls out “The mail is going from Salt Lake City to Chicago” (or any other two cities).  The players who chose those cities have to exchange seats without letting the postal clerk steal either or their seats.


Ring Taw

Draw a large ring in the ground.  Draw a smaller circle inside it and place several small marbles, called nibs, in the circle.  The players crouch outside the large ring.  From there, each player takes a turn flicking a large marble, called a shooter, into the circle.  The goal is to knock other marbles out of the circle.  Each player keeps the marbles he or she knocks out.  The winner is the player with the most marbles.



Shinney was a popular boys game.  It was similar to ice hockey but was played in the open fields or on empty lots.  Each player had a stick and used it to hit a small ball into a goal area.  Most children used tree branches for sticks and everything from a ball of yarn to a crushed tin can for a ball.


Other Toys and Games

Hoop and Stick


Jump Rope

Battledore and


Kick the Can

Hide and Seek





Puddle Jumpers




Card Games (Old Maid)


Jacob’s Ladder

Cat’s Cradle

Pecking Chickens

Buzz Saw

Cup and Ball

Corn Cob Darts

Climbing Bears

Jack Straws (Pick up Sticks)


Dancing Man


Jaw Harps

Pendulum Toys

Stiching Blocks

Spool Loom

Dro Spindle

Tin or Wooden Whistles



Square and Folk Dancing