We had a fun time today talking about toys. We shared what we found out our parents and grandparents played with when they were kids. I shared a couple of my favorite toys I had as a kid. I was interrogated by the kids about Baby First Step. I shared that her foot was broken after my dad stepped on it. So many questions. I'm sure it was an accident, but I do remember my dad breaking my record player too during the Donny Osmond phase I went through. The turntable wouldn't turn and it was plastic, so when my Dad tried to fix it, well, it broke too. Anyway, in the afternoon we finally had time to play with old toys. I quickly showed the kids the kids the toys and they had time to try them out. We'll play more next week. I showed some friends how I could still almost play jacks. I thought I did a pretty good job! Jacks are a little hard for kinders. We had wooden tops, Lincoln Logs, tiddlywinks, marbles, tabletop wooden pin bowling, cup and ball, ring toss, and Jacob's Ladder. It is so much fun to watch these kids play. They take turns, encourage each other and are persistent, as you can see in the pictures below. They are so easy to work with as a class. It was free choice for them as to what they tried out, and they stayed in control, were gentle with the toys and played with them appropriately. Some of the kids stuck with just a toy or two, practicing with it until they got better. Others sampled all the games. I hope you enjoy the photos!
I haven't been to Rose Hill Manor in a couple years, but if you are looking for something to do on the weekend, Rose Hill Manor is Frederick is really geared toward you children. There is a manor house, a log cabin, a blacksmith workshop, an ice house/root cellar, and a carriage museum. When I have taken classes there, the children get to play with old-fashioned toys. They also see how people cooked over the fire in a big fireplace in the kitchen. It's not a huge place which also makes it just right for a visit with little kids.
Have a great weekend!