The taft children played with many types of toys most were made from wood and string, some all wood with moving parts.Williams Grandfather made quite a few toys while living in the Taft home atop Auburn Ave.
Discuss with your class that toys made during the early 1800's were much different than toys of the 21st century. Have students apply their skills by demonstration in front of the class or in small groups. Some toys recommended are the following: Ball and Cup, Jacobs Ladders, Spindle -Tops, and any other wooden toys from that era that you may be able to provide for the class to experience.
Generate a list of old toys from the Victorian Era as well as more modern day toys. Combine the names of the toys together on the dry - erase board and have students to decide which of the toys are old versus which ones they think are more modern toys.
Example: Ball and Cup Transformers Spindle - Tops
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