Family Life in the 1950s
Children at Play
This video shows street scenes in Hull from 1950. It begins with children playing a variety of games in the street, including British Bull Dog and pretend wrestling. There are also shots of children playing hopscotch, pavement chalking, blind man's bluff, ring-a-ring-a-roses and swapping cigerette cards.
The pupils watched the film clip 'Hull Street Scenes', which was followed up with a question and answer session, thinking about;
- What activities did they play?
- Where did they play?
- Who did they play with?
- Do we still play any of these games today?
They then had the opportunity to play with some of the games from the video themselves, including hula hoops, hop scotch and skipping.
After playing with the 50s toys and games, the children compared games from the 50s with modern games in pairs, thinking about how they are similar/different and which they prefered.