Historic Toys

Discover the history of play

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batteries, and electricity? In this program, students explore interactive nineteenth-century toys, and make their own to take home. For a one-session program, choose from the themes below. This program may also be scheduled as a multi-session program that explores a different topic each week.

Air- and Gravity-powered Toys
Make a pinwheel and a parachute toy.

Optical Illusions
Make toys that trick the eye, including a thaumotrope that blends two pictures into one, a top that mixes colors, and a flip book that creates moving pictures.

Puppet Theaters
Create a puppet theater using a cardboard box and cut paper. Write your own story to perform.

Board Games
Play historic games and design your own based on items in Historic New England’s collection.

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Program Details

Available weekdays, year-round, for ages 8 – 12.
Length: 60 – 90 minutes

Cost:
• $100 per session
• Add a second session on the same day for $50

Type of Program:
Programs to Go, Summer Programs, After School, Scouts

Related Topics:
Family, Story & Crafts

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