A comprehensive Victorian Children history guide with facts and information on how the Victorian times impacted children in work, play, education and home life. This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser. In the 19th century, rapid changes in employment, housing and social welfare brought about a huge change in peoples’ lives. The period of adjustment led to many. BBC Primary History - Children of Victorian Britain - Toys and games. Victorian Children's Toys and Games for: Jacksonian Era, Dickens, Mexican War, Antebellum, American Civil War (Confederate / CS / CSA & Union / US / USA). The Victorians were quite creative when it came to play time. Not just children, but adults would participate in victorian games during the evenings. The Victorian era of British history was the period of Queen Victoria's reign from 20 June 1837 until her death, on 22 January 1901. It was a long period of peace.
Herbert Learning Herbert Art Gallery & Museum. Coventry www.theherbert.org/learning Victorian Outdoor Toys and Games - KS2 A Teaching resource. Christmas in the Victorian times is featured at the Doll's House Museum. [Photo courtesy of Puppenhausmuseum Basel] The Victorian Age.
Christmas in the Victorian Times (PHOTOS) Christmas Eve is the day on which the closest family members, grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews meet up. It was a holiday, dedicated to the family, an important social foundation in the Victorian age. During the afternoon, the doors of the lounge would open and the long- awaited moment had arrived: at long last, everyone could see the wonderfully decorated Christmas tree with its burning candles. Hanging on the tree alongside pretty die- cuts, lametta and glass ornaments were baskets of sweets and strings of popcorn.
Small gifts were also hung on the Christmas tree while the larger ones were placed beneath the tree. All were elaborately packaged in beautiful, coloured paper and richly decorated with ribbons. On Christmas Eve, people exchanged gifts and no- one would be neglected. Depending on the recipient, they would be impatiently or carefully unwrapped. The handiwork would be admired and tried out while toys would be put into operation or tested.
After the gift giving began the entertainment. First came the popular Christmas crackers, after which each family member played a part. The youngest recited a poem, the older ones and adults amused themselves with role- playing games or short performances. There were also musical renditions or they would sing together.
Party games were also extremely popular. Christmas Day began with a visit to church. Afterwards, the Christmas goose or other meat was bought and cooking the Christmas dinner begun. What was served varied from area to area. Farming regions enjoyed beef, goose or chicken. The famous English вЂњChristmas puddingвЂќ (plum pudding) was baked on the Sunday preceding Advent.
The traditional recipe for a Christmas pudding included suet, raisins, prunes, sultanas, currants, nuts, eggs, sugar and flour. The mixture was placed in a pudding basin and then boiled. The most exciting part about plum pudding is that it is flamb.
Г©ed with brandy and carried burning into the darkened room. A decorative sprig of holly is considered essential. Tradition demands that a silver coin, a button, a ring and a thimble be concealed in the plum pudding. Care should therefore be taken when eating it. According to legend, the finder of one of the objects will become rich, marry within a year or remain a bachelor or spinster. Once the celebrations at home have come to an end, the revellers move on to friends.
Victorian Christmas Ornament. Photo courtesy of Puppenhausmuseum Basel]Christmas is very much about charity. This is apparent in the streets that are full of people because the shops are open. All are prepared to share with the weaker members of society. The less fortunate go from door to door, in the hope of food, drink or money gifts.
Families like to go from neighbour to neighbour and serenade them.
BBC - Primary History - Victorian Britain. Toys in rich homes.
During the 1. 9th century, factory- made toys, including tin toys and clockwork toys, went on sale. Rich children had more toys to choose from: train sets, toy soldiers, rocking horses, dolls and doll's houses, tea- sets and toy shops with toy fruit, vegetables, meat, hats and medicines.
Other popular toys were alphabet bricks, sailing boats, jigsaw puzzles and Noah's Arks. In many homes, children were not allowed toys on Sundays - except Noah's Ark, because that was in the bible. Back to top. Toys in poor homes. Most Victorian toys were made of wood, paper or metal. There were no plastic toys.
Poor children usually played with home- made toys. A clothes peg might be turned into a doll, and a lump of wood become a toy boat. A piece of rope could be used for skipping, and rags stuffed with sawdust might become a ball or an animal to cuddle. As a treat, families sometimes bought cheap factory- made toys from a 'penny stall' in the market. Back to top. Outdoor Games. The Victorians were keen on outdoor games, such as football. The first FA Cup Final was played in 1.
Schools encouraged team games to 'build character'. The Victorians made up rules for many games we still play. An example is badminton, which developed from a old game called battledore and shuttlecock. If they did not have a proper football, poor children kicked around a blown- up pig's bladder, from the butcher's shop. Back to top. Indoor Play.
Indoors, children played board games such as Snakes and Ladders (which became a popular toyshop game towards the end of the 1. Ludo and Draughts, and also card games. A popular card game was Happy Families, introduced in the middle of the Victorian period.
There were also pencil and paper games, such as Noughts and Crosses, which we still play today. Children played table games, such as Tiddlywinks, a new craze in the 1. Shove Halfpenny and Bagatelle. At parties, children played traditional 'ring' games like Oranges and Lemons and Kiss in the Ring. In quiet moments, they pasted pictures into Scrapbooks.