Period Childrens Toys and Activities
- Hello Angela,
I think that replies might be a bit slow this weekend with the Grand Tactical underway at Fort George so here is my halfpenny worth from the UK.
Slates and different coloured chalks go down well with the children in our Napoleonic camps. Make sure that the slates have a wooden surround so the little darlings don't cut themselves.
Has your husband got a fretsaw. Draw shapes of animals and people on to a piece of wood and cut them out. The children can colour them with the chalks and make a farmyard.
A Draughts board, or do you call the game checkers, can be easily be made up from sewn squares of fabric and wooden buttons used as the playing pieces.
If you want to teach kids to count, cribbage is another good game. Only problem is that period playing cards do not seem to have numbers on them. I love playing crib. I do so every Wednesday evening in the "Dog and Partridge", our village pub. I am a good player but you have to really think with period cards, so perhaps give that one a miss.
The youngest recruit to HM IXth Regiment of Foot came to an event when he was three weeks old.
We find generally that the children find their own entertainment especially with the unused cooking pots and plates, wooden of course, and any "big stick" they can find.
Good to see the family all getting invovled.
Your most humble and obedient servant,
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