18th Century Childhood in the Hudson Valley

During this hands-on, interactive lesson, students will travel back in time to experience a variety of chores and games familiar to many 18th century children. Using reproductions of period clothing, tools and toys, as well as the site’s authentic art, artifacts and architecture, museum educators engage students in discussion of the many differences between colonial life and their own lives. Students will participate in chores such as picking and carding wool, churning butter and hauling water with a yoke and buckets. When the work is done the real fun begins! “Pass the Slipper,” Puss in the Corner,” and a variety of group games and individual toys make the program fun as well as educational.

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