Chapter XV cites the most indications of some macabre childhood games Puritan children used to play. The narrator describes Pearl as being at no loss of amusement while waiting for her mother. Pearl "had flirted fancifully with her own image in a pool of water, beckoning the phantom forth."
Later, she "picked up her apron full of pebbles, and, creeping from rock to rock after these small sea-fowl, displayed remarkable dexterity in pelting them."
Thet also might have laid out jellyfish to melt when the sun got hot.