Wooden Doll, c. 17701775
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Of all the toys in colonial times, dolls would be close to the top of the list in popularity, variety, and availability. Dolls, or "babies" as they were referred, could be made by hand out of materials like corn husks, or could be made of finer things and purchased, sometimes at great price. Milliner's shops also kept dolls to show off the latest fashions.
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Learning about the lives of children of the past can help modern children connect and empathize with their ancestors. Toys especially emphasize that while the world is always changing, some things have stayed the same through generations. In this lesson, students will analyze pictures of colonial toys to determine the type of toys available, what they were made of and how they were used.
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Quotation of the Month
"Play-things, I think, children should have, and of divers sorts; but still to be in the custody of their tutors or somebody else, whereof the child should have in his power but one at once, and should not be suffered to have another but when he restored that. This teaches them betimes to be careful of not losing or spoiling the things they have; whereas plenty and variety in their own keeping, makes them wanton and careless, and teaches them from the beginning to be squanderers and wasters."
—John Locke. Some Thoughts Concerning Education. Vol. XXXVII, Part 1, §130. The Harvard Classics. New York: P.F. Collier & Son, 1909-1914.
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