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March 22nd, 2024, is International Goof Off Day!

Even though there was a lot of work to do on the prairie in the 1800s, they still found some time to do the things that they loved. They probably had much less free time than we do today, but folks back then took advantage of it by enjoying things like reading, fishing, sewing, visiting with neighbors, and playing games. Sometimes they would get families together for Quilting Bees, or Bees for short. Women would work on making quilts together, while the men might work on building a barn or any other work that needed done. They would end the day with a meal together and then often some music and dancing. Children would enjoy each other's company and play lots of different games.

Here are some games that kids played in the 1800s. You probably recognize some of them. Try some out!

  • Hopscotch

  • Hide and Seek

  • Marbles

  • Tag

  • Shadow Tag: this is where the person who is it has to step on your shadow to tag you

  • rolling the hoop: you must roll a hoop with a stick. In the 1800s, they often used a barrel hoop.

  • Jack straws: this is like pick up sticks

  • spinning tops

  • Checkers

  • Chess

  • Cat's Cradle: games with string

  • Jacks

  • Dominoes

How will you enjoy Goof Off Day? Here are some ideas for inspiration:

  • Wear goofy clothes (a shirt, hat, or silly socks)

  • Tell lots of goofy jokes!

  • stay in your pajamas and read lots of your favorite books.

  • Have a game day.

  • Go outside and enjoy nature. (Take a walk, ride your bike, or visit a nature trail)

  • Have you ever tried geocaching? For tips go here: August 19, 2023, is International Geocaching Day! (

  • Go window shopping.

  • Build a blanket fort and have some adventures.

  • Have a Lego building contest.

  • Play at the park.

  • See who can make the funniest faces.

  • Make the goofiest obstacle course you can think up. Then, see who can complete it the fastest! For even more fun, wear goofy shoes!

  • Play a ridiculous amount of video games.

  • Watch a double feature of goofy movies. (Or, watch The Goofy Movie!)

  • Go for ice cream. (Share a great big sundae!)

  • Watch the sunset together.

Have a great time taking a day off from your regular routine being goofy!!


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