Traditional Games of Newfoundland and Labrador

Designated in 2015 as a Distinctive Cultural Tradition and Practice.

Nominator: Dale Jarvis, Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador

Traditional games are an essential part of Newfoundland and Labrador culture. Games and play are important formative aspects of childhood socialization. Games such as “Skin the Pudding”, “Witch in the Well,” “Tiddly” and “Copying Ice Pans” speak to the unique facets of life in the province. Aboriginal communities in the province have their own unique games that include “Ring & Pin,” “The Bridle,” and “Waltes.”  These games were played by children in communities and regions throughout the province, perhaps under different names or with slightly different rules, but all contributing to a common culture.