Story: Children’s play

Boys playing marbles, around 1900 (1st of 3)

Boys playing marbles, around 1900

These boys are playing a game of marbles, around 1900. Marbles has been played since ancient times and was a common children's game in the 19th and 20th centuries. The game continues to go through phases of popularity in the schoolyard.

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Peter Clayworth, 'Children’s play - The playground and the path to school', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 10 December 2023)

Story by Peter Clayworth, published 5 Sep 2013