Playing Like It’s 1889

I’ve been meaning to post some pictures of the old-timey toys available for visitors to test at Slate Run Living Historical Farm.  Some are extra cool (love the kinetic rolling ball thingamabob), some are challenging (the stilts!) and some make you pity our forefathers because it seems like your existence would have to be fairly grim in order for the whole get-the-ball-in-the-cup toy to be entertaining.  Also?  Rolling a hoop is much harder than you’d think.

We really tried to get a picture of the 3 of us up on the stilts at once. Nothing doing, alas!

M was actually pretty good at the stilts.

K and I eventually gave up on the whole rolling-the-hoop-on-the-ground bit and entertained ourselves by hula-hooping it on our arms instead.

Testing out some indoor game options. My favorite? I was pleased by the fact that the checkers were slices of dried corn cob, painted around the edges.

A stereoscopic viewer, minus one of the special cards.  They are supposed to make the images on the cards look 3-dimensional, but I couldn’t quite see it.

A swing hanging from a grand old tree is timeless.


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