Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Bowl Game - Thanksgiving Games

Another game played by the Wampanoag, around the time of the first Thanksgiving (according to the Plymouth Plantation site), was the "bowl game", or "hubbub".

Small, flat, marked pieces were bounced in a wooden bowl (we used plastic). Some sites claim the Native People used plum stones for this game. We used 10 pumpkin seeds, marked on one side with a blue marker. But, Phyllis at All Things Beautiful suggested using Lima beans, which I think would work even better.

For our play, each team was assigned dots, or plain.

The bowl was bounced against the floor, while all players chanted "hub, hub, hub".

When, the bouncing stopped, the number of plain, or dotted sides, were counted, and points tallied for each team.

Score was kept, and play continued until one of the teams reached 50 points.

This is probably not exactly the way it would have been played, if it was played, at the first Thanksgiving, but it was close enough for our purposes.

Speaking of the first Thanksgiving, we were alerted by Live The Adventure, this morning, of Scholastic's virtual field trip, to the Plymouth Plantation, at 1:00 PM Eastern Time, today. Click, here, to check it out, or sign up for the free Webcast.

If you read this later than the webcast, I understand it will be available for replay, here.

It's great to be a homeschooler.


Ticia said...

Ooohhhh, totally checking out the field trip later.

Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

Virtual field trip - what a 21st century idea :) Interesting game for kids to play!

Phyllis said...

That does sound like a fun and simple game. Thanks for posting it. I will be gatheing my materials for it for Thanksgiving! Okay, I can see where lima beans would work for it.

phasejumper said...

Awww...I missed it!

Christy Killoran said...

Virtual field trips are very cool.

We are planning to actually go to Plymouth Plantation next week.

Sandra said...

Enjoyed reading how your kids played the game. We saw the webcast at 12 PM central. We enjoyed it.

Yesterday we started our Thanksgivng unit by setting sail on the Mayflower.