For more information on counter-intuitive facts of ancient and medieval history, see Anthony Esolen’s The Politically Incorrect Guide to Western Civilization.
Children from poor Roman families had to work hard, but they still found some time to play.
Children from rich Roman families did not have to work and had more time to play because they had slaves to do all the work in the house.
The Romans favourite toys and games were:
Models of people
Models of animals
Knucklebones (like Jacks)
Children also played with their pets