The Oldest Game on Earth?

Humans know how to have a good time but we certainly don’t have a monopoly when it comes to fun. Play behavior has been documented in just about every animal out there. So I got to wondering – what’s the oldest game on earth?

After over three minutes of exhaustive research I think I have my guess as to what the answer might be. Here’s what I’m thinking:Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, beach, Chicago

Hunting has been around forever. Sure there’s instinct, but the only way to get good is practice

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, beach, Chicago

Generally speaking, the hunted are not eager to help the hunters. So what’s a creature to do? Penny’s impish grin might give you a hint 

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, beach, Chicago

The answer is to practice hunting your friends, of course!

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, beach, Chicago

Penny loves nothing more than a good play-hunt at the beach

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, beach, Chicago

As with any good game, it’s important to take turns. Sometimes you chase, sometimes you get chased

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, beach, Chicago

Tag: the world’s oldest game

Welp, now it’s just time for me to sit by the phone and wait for the Nobel Prize committee to call. While I wait, let me know what you think. Can you think of a game that might be older and more universal than tag?

25 thoughts on “The Oldest Game on Earth?”

  1. We play that every day in our back yard. It’s really fun to run around the shrubs and trees and try to fake out the other one as to where you will come out next.

    Millie & Walter

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  2. Gosh, I love all of Penny’s expressions so much! She never lets us down on her facial expressions! Over here at our house, we play hide-n-seek with the dogs! They always find us, but some times it takes a little whimpering on their part when they can’t find Mommy and I have to let out a “peep” sound for them to find me. It is always tons of fun!

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      • Nikita and Bella love playing hide and seek with Mommy! Hiding behind the bathroom door is one of my best spots, but sometimes I fool them and jump in the shower and close the door. They sniff and sniff, but can’t find me in there! It is so much fun to play with them! But, it is more fun when they find me because they are so super happy!

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