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Where we are in place and time: Toys and Games

The Earth Group's interest in what pioneer children did for fun led us to explore toys and games.  Having no toy store to shop at, pioneers were resourceful and made their own toys.  We made button whirligigs by threading string through one button hole and then through the hole across.  As simple as the whirligig sounds, using it was a bit more difficult.

Here are pictures of some of the other activities we had fun exploring.
Handkerchief doll

Tin cans and string make great stilts!

Marble games!

Who can keep a feather in the air the longest?


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