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OLD TOYS AND GAMES – CUP AND BALL / BILBO CATCHER


Cup-and-ball (or ball in a cup) is a traditional child’s toy. It is a wooden cup with a handle, and a small ball attached to the cup by a string.

The game was loved by King Henry III of France; he was often seen playing in public. After his death, the game went out of fashion. For 100 years the … Continue reading


OLD TOYS AND GAMES – GRACES


‘Graces’ The traditional American game of Graces, also known as ‘French Hoops’ or ‘The Flying Circle’, is an historic outdoor game, primarily designed to develop feminine grace. At one time, ‘Graces’ was also considered an acceptable boys activity. Young ladies were encouraged to play this historic game outdoors and to keep score. Young gentlemen were encouraged to play this game … Continue reading


OLD TOYS AND GAMES – GAME OF JACKS


PLAYING JACKS Jacks has existed for over 2000 years. Early jacks were made of small sheep knuckle bones. The game was actually called knuckle bones many years ago. The American colonists called it “jackstonesis.” You can buy a set, which includes six 6-pointed metal jacks. Or you can be like colonial children and use six small stones, pumpkin seeds or … Continue reading


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