Story: Children’s play

Playground games, Kaitāia, around 1910

A group of children play outside a Kaitāia school in the 1910s. While the photograph has clearly been posed, it does illustrate a number of different playground games. The boys in the front are playing a version of leapfrog. Behind them a number of boys are wrestling. Groups of girls at the back hold hands in what may be a game of 'Ring a ring o' roses'.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Northwood Collection (PA-Group-00027)
Reference: 1/2-030573-F
Photograph by Northwood Brothers

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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