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Yes. Obviously the children do, how could children ever being kept from playing games? The children go to school from first grade to eight grade (we will go into the children’s education in a future blog). During that time the kids get to play games during recess. Understand that recess is done almost every day. Yes, sunny days, rainy days, snowy days, etc… I have been very surprised at showing up to one of my Amish Families to pick up an order and seeing children running around playing outside in the Rain.
Regarding the adults, the answer varies. Surprisingly, many of the adults play Checkers, Monopoly, Scrabble, and Dice Games. More of the younger adults play games than the older adults. Eli B., a 24 year old, loves to play checkers and Mississippi Marbles. For more information check out this link: http://www.ehow.com/facts_5568991_rules-mississippi-marbles.html . The games are played for fun never for money. The majority of the senior adults “pull away” which is Amish for they do not participate in games.
No matter what happens, the Amish really know how to enjoy themselves.