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Colonial Toys

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During the settlement of the North American colonies, children developed fun ways to pass time. Unlike today, where we simply log onto our phone, computer, or another electronic device, Colonial children were forced to be a bit more creative. Common toys that are still used today were used, such as dolls and "action figures" (soldiers). However, many of their games involved a more "hands on" approach such as ring toss and Battledores, which is similar to Badminton that is still played today. Many of their toys consisted of materials and objects you would find around the house.

Colonial doll (fully dressed)

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Animal blocks

Colonial Williamsburg Museum

Drummer crank toy

Colonial Williamsburg Museum

Wooden soldiers

Colonial Williamsburg Museum

Rattle (toy ball)

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Playing card

Winterthur

Dominoes

Winterthur

Dice cup

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Wood Buzz Saw

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Bilbo catcher

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Clay marbles

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