Playthings and Pastimes from Long Ago

Your lesson will take place in One History Place, the museum’s child-sized, 19th-century kitchen, parlor, attic, and train station. Hands-on play opportunities provide children with the chance to learn the way daily life has changed over the past 100 years.

Lesson extensions for before or after your visit

The following activities are designed for your class to enjoy before or after your museum visit. Familiarizing students with the lesson concepts can enrich their museum experience.

Play time

Talk with your students about what they do when they are not at school.

Ask students: “What toys do you like to play with?” “What activities do you like to do at home?” “Do you play alone or with others?”

Help students create a “Favorite Kinds of Play” chart. Make a list of their suggestions and have each child vote for what he or she likes to do. Create a bar graph to show which types of play and activities are most popular in your class.

Games to play

Students can learn a lot about play simply by playing fun games together. Talk to them about what they would do if there were no television shows or video games; list their suggestions, and have an afternoon of play!

Some possibilities of nineteenth-century games:

  • Duck Duck Goose
  • Twenty Questions
  • London Bridge