Make a "Jumping Jack"

children intently coloring their jumping jacks
Young artists work on their creations.

NPS photo

Spend the 4th of July making traditional toys called “Jumping Jacks.” Jumping Jacks are early mechanical toys that use string to move jointed body parts. Innovative toys like these were made in New England in the 1820s and 1830s. At that time, a father may have made his child a “Jumping Jack” out of scraps of wood. This weekend young artists will be able to create these toys themselves using heavy paper, crayons and brass fasteners. Saturday and Sunday, July 4 & 5, look for the toy making table between 1:00 and 4:00 pm on the porch behind the Visitor Center.
A child proudly holds the jumping jack he made.
The final product.

NPS photo

Last updated: March 31, 2012

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