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  • What did colonial kids do for fun?

    -played games -told stories

    -shared riddles -played sports

    -sang songs -danced

  • Ball and Cup Toy

    Bilbo Catcher

  • Played like volleyball (the stool, instead of a net, separates the two teams) two teams volley the ball back and forth until the ball is dropped. The person who dropped the ball must roll or throw the ball at the stool, if they do not hit the stool, the opposite team gets two points, if they do hit the stool, their team gets one point. The first team to get 31 points wins!

  • In his history, Of Plymouth Plantation, Governor William Bradford reported that several colonists were caught playing stool ball on Christmas day, 1620.These colonists had remained home to celebrate the Christmas while those who did not believe in the holiday continued the work of building the colony. When those who worked returned they found that the others, rather than spending the day in “pious devotion”, were playing stool ball and other sports. The governor took away their gaming equipment and chastised them for reveling in the streets.

  • Nine Pins

    Each player gets two turns to knock down as many pins as they can. Points are based on how many pins you knock down. The first player to 31 wins.

  • Does Nine Pins remind you of anything?…..

  • Battledore and Shuttlecock

  • is similar to lawn tennis or badminton and was quite popular in colonial and Victorian times.

  • During the time of European contact, Native Americans were playing a game that we now call lacrosse.

    Apart from its recreational function, lacrosse traditionally played a more serious role in Indian culture. Its origins are rooted in legend, and the game continues to be used for curative purposes and surrounded with ceremony. Game equipment and players are still ritually prepared by conjurers, and team selection and victory are often considered supernaturally controlled. In the past, lacrosse also served to vent aggression, and territorial disputes between tribes were sometimes settled with a game, although not always amicably

  • A version of this game is known to have been played in ancient Greece. It arrived in England sometime around 1100AD. Nine Men’s Morris seems to have been very popular with school boys since playing boards are often found carved into school desks and benches.

    Its kind of similar to tic-tac-toe…

  • The game of Graces dates back to the 1830's. This two player game features two wooden, ribboned hoops and four catching wands to fling the Graces' hoops back and forth. Graces was often referred to as a girl's game as it was meant to encourage 'gracefulness',' hence its name.

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    Late 18th

    century ice skates

  • Leap Frog is actually a a collection of hopping and leaping games that dates back to ancient times. The two most popular leap frog games are “giving a back” and “foot an’ half”.

  • Some you may be familiar with and some you may not!



    Kite flying

    Jump rope

    London Bridge

    Hunt the slipper

    Spinning Tops

    Jacob’s Ladder

    Bow and Arrow

    Blind Man’s Bluff

    See Saw

    Ring Taw



    Rocking horses



    Five Stones

  • In colonial times, dolls were called “puppets or “babies”.

    This doll is from the late 18th century.

  • Late 18th century

    In colonial times, “Jack” was a general term for a young man. Therefore, a jack- knife may have meant “a boy’s knife.

    A good jack-knife was the most highly desired possession of a boy. Lots of days of weary work and pleading were done before a boy would acquire suck a prize.

  • Doll and chest of drawers are on display at the Peabody Essex Museum.

    High chest of drawers , 1790 with veneered and painted decoration.

    “Emmeline” , 18th century, “Queen Anne wooden doll with a dress from the 1830’s period.

  • Excavation since 1994 has uncovered hundreds of thousands of artifacts dating to the first half of the 17th century. Nearly half of the objects date to the first years of English settlement (1607-1610). The site of James Fort was not washed into the river as most people believed for the past 200 years.

  • This is a lead figurine of a boy who appears to be dancing. It is about 3 cm long and was found in the It may be a toy brought for the amusement of an adult or child in the colony

    The lead boy could also be an object intended for trade with the Indians. Eight similar leaden figures were recovered during explorations of a 1596 Dutch encampment in the arctic region of Nova Zembla. These toys, which are depicting classical mythological figures, were carried as trade goods by an expedition trying to find a north-east passage to China.

  • Twelve gaming dice have been found during the excavations.

    Most are made of bone, but two are ivory and one is lead and

    was probably made by a soldier casting lead shot in the fort.

    Pass-dice was a popular game of the time in which two players

    would try to throw doubles. Every die that has been

    excavated at Jamestown is about the size of a pencil eraser.

    The dimensions may relate to the martial laws in the colony, which forbade soldiers from "dicing." The men made their dice very small so the pieces could easily be hidden from

    their superior officers.

  • This bone gaming piece or token is about 3_ cm in diameter. It could have been used in board games such as backgammon or as a gambling token.

  • Your assignment:

    You are going to select any one colonial game or toy you saw in student presentations, in this PowerPoint or in your own research, to re-create and modernize.

    Essentially, you are going to create a NEW version of that game/toy that you think kids would want to use/play today.

  • 1. Spend a little more time researching…make sure you’ve found a toy/game that you like and that you think can be re-made in a new way.

    2. Sketch out what your new game/toy will look like.

    3. Write a description of how you plan to make it and/or any playing modifications you may make.

    4. Think about your step-by step process and materials.

    5. Meet and discuss with me.

    6. Get started….this is going to be fun!

  • 1. Computer: you can submit your entire project as a PowerPoint, doing all the graphics on the computer.

    2. Clay: air dry or kiln-fire (maybe to create game pieces or game boards).

    3. Paper-Marche (for game pieces, dolls…)

    4. Wood and tech lab materials (for game boards, pieces, paddles)

    5. Found objects

    6. Cardboard/ foam core

    The materials you choose have to be appropriate for whatever game or toy you are making. (For example, you wouldn’t make Nine Pins out of ceramics!)

    Get creative! The possibilities are endless!

  • 1.Color- add/change color or painting style.

    2. Shape- changing shape of game pieces/ game board

    3. Characters- turn pieces into characters

    4. More challenging.

    5. More relevant (make a doll in amore 21st century style

    6. Make the game a computer game

    …and much, much more!

  • I KNOW you will all come up with great ideas….give yourself time to think it

    through. Ask your peers or your totally awesome art teacher if you need a little

    help focusing.

    This is going to be GREAT!