The First Ball Games
The first interesting thing for sports use was the ball.
In ancient Egypt, as in everywhere,
throwing stones was a favorite children's game.
But a stone could hurt a child.
Looking for something less dangerous to throw,
the people in Egypt made,perhaps,the first balls.
At first,balls were made of grass or leaves held together
Later they made balls with animals' skin.
They put the pieces of animals' skin together with thread
and put in some birds' feathers or grass.
This kind of ball was soft and not heavy.Everyone liked to play with it.
Although the people in Egypt liked fighting and wars,
they tried to save time for sports games.
Before long they could play a lot of new ball games,each with its own rules.
Perhaps they thought
the games were useful to help the young men run faster in wars.