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Subject: History

Timeblazers: History and More Series

"Highly Recommended. Each episode provides an interesting, engaging history lesson packaged in a kid-friendly format. Viewers can discuss what we can learn from history. What lessons have historical events taught us? How have things we take for granted today evolved over the centuries? Viewers can have fun looking Click for more

32. Fun and Games: From Dominoes to Hopscotch

32. Fun and Games: From Dominoes to Hopscotch

Alex (Stephen Joffe) has ideas of inventing a new board game, but really has no idea how to start. Enter the Timeblazers, Jen (Heidi Leigh) and Sam (Mike Ackerman), who first take him to Valley of the Kings in Egypt, where in 1921 Howard Carter made the greatest archaeological discovery of all time, King Tut's tomb; and part of that discovery were dominoes and a board game, called Senet, which many believe is an early version of Backgammon; another archaeologist, Sir Flinders Petrie, also discovered the ancient Egyptians played marbles and bowling. Next, in North America, they see the Plains Indians played "Counting Coup," which was a non-violent game of poking with a stick; then, in Central America, they learn that the Maya place a ball game called Ulama, using balls made of rubber, which may have given Canadian James Naismith the idea for inventing the game of basketball. Lastly, Alex learns that hopscotch dates back to Roman times and was a game used to train their warriors. 05/10DE IJ 30 min.

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