By Norah L. Lewis
“When we have been childrens we made our personal enjoyable” is a common remark from those that have been youngsters in pre-television instances. yet what video games, actions and amusements did young ones take pleasure in sooner than the mid-1950s?
memories of older Canadians, choices from writings via Canadian authors and letters written to the children’s pages of agricultural guides point out that for many teenagers play used to be then, as now, a necessary a part of early life. via play, children built the actual, psychological and emotional abilities that helped them take care of existence and taught them to get in addition to different kids.
In either rural and concrete settings, young children have been as a rule unfastened to discover their surroundings. They have been despatched outdoor to play by means of either mom and dad and academics. Their video games have been often self-organized and bodily energetic, with family animals performing as very important partners and playmates. young ones often made their very own toys and kit, and, because taking part in instead of successful was once vital, most youngsters have been incorporated in video games. specified days, vacations and companies for kids and adolescence supplied welcome breaks from day-by-day exercises. Their lives have been busy, yet there has been constantly time for play, continuously time for enjoyable.
Norah Lewis has supplied an pleasing view of the toys, video games and actions in Canada and pre-confederate Newfoundland from nearly 1900 via 1955. Her ebook could be of curiosity to historians, educators and sociologists, in addition to somebody who lived via, or desires to recognize extra about,those early years in Canada, and the video games childrens used to play.
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Additional resources for Freedom to Play: We Made Our Own Fun
McKenzie, “Growing Up in Alberta. Part One,” Alberta History 37 (Summer 1989): 15-18. 18 Isabelle (Doyle) Daley, “My Childhood Days on the Farm,” The Island Magazine 30 (Fall/Winter 1991): 3-8. O. Mitchell, Who Has Seen the Wind (Toronto: Macmillan, 1947). Mitchell captures the essence and spirit of the freedom of childhood, but he also touches on some darker experiences. 26 Freedom to Play 20 James Gray, The Boy from Winnipeg (Toronto: Macmillan, 1970), 1214, 46; Silverman, 23. Doris Spring and her friends bobsledded for blocks down local streets.
Many were the accidents and upsets which those near-by trees witnessed, if they could but tell you of them. One boy climbed out on a branch of a willow which hung over the pond. He had his feet over the branch, while he hung on with both hands. The limb was limber and tough, and behold! e’er George knew it, he was sitting on the surface. Another boy fell off the raft, and all that was visible was his head and right shoulder. Go Outside and Play 39 One day—a bitter cold, winter day—seven girls besides myself went over to the woods.
I almost drowned one time when I fell in, but our dog pulled me out. We were free to roam. We could go into the bush and pick seneca root [snakeroot], play hide-and-go-seek, or look for birds’ nests. In the summertime we’d hunt for crows’ nests because we got a bounty of a cent or so for each egg we found and destroyed. We also collected gopher tails because we got a penny or half a penny for every tail we got. We’d chase the gophers, they’d dash down their holes, and we’d try to dig them out, but we never had much success.