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European History: 1600s-1800s
Leisure Time



Leisure Time
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     challenging words:    penny-farthing, promenade, seaside, teatime, finding, rugby, croquet, backgammon, outdoor, poetry, indoor, fans, sociable, fairground, especially, bands
     content words:    Victorian England, Simon Says, Musical Chairs, Laughing Game, Victorian Era


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Leisure Time
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     Caption: Two gentlemen ride penny-farthing bicycles
 
2     The people of Victorian England enjoyed a variety of leisure time activities. Whether it was a tea party with friends, a stroll in the park, or a game of charades, there was always something enjoyable to do.
 
3     There were sports to play and to watch. Cricket, golf, rugby, tennis, bathing (we call it swimming), bicycling, skating, badminton, and croquet were just some of the popular sports. Some were organized team sports like cricket, which was a little like baseball but with a flat bat. Others were backyard games that anyone could play. Croquet, with its wooden mallets, wooden balls, and willow hoops was one of these.
 
4     Swimming was especially popular at the seaside, and there were other types of recreation available at seaside towns as well. There were outdoor bandstands with brass bands, and there were attractions like you might see at a fairground today. Another favorite activity at the seaside was strolling along the promenade, which was something like our boardwalks.

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