In his Sports and Pastimes of the People of England (1801) Joseph Strutt included a whole chapter on children's games, many of them simple in conception, dependent upon little or no equipment, and involving running, jumping, catching, chasing, and the like. These would be played in the outdoors, and at fairs, and in later years in school playgrounds. Forms of such pre-modern children's games survived into the 19th and 20th centuries, in schools and some smaller communities, but modern urban conditions, mass communications, and media-based leisure forms have changed the context in which such games flourish. In contemporary sporting culture of the early 21st century, children's games are associated with very young children, and the public culture of children's game-playing is all but obsolete. See also street games.
Subjects: Sport and Leisure.