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Historic Games

Thought your favorite game was invented by a modern toy company? Probably not! Shop for historic games and toys with histories that date back millennia. Many of the 18th century games you will find here were the same games played by kids and adults in eighteenth century America. 

  • Travel Mini Shut the Box Game | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Travel Mini Shut the Box Game

    A traditional game of counting, addition, and probability, Shut-the-Box dates as far back as the 12th century when this game was enjoyed by Norman fishermen after a long day at sea. Roll the dice and lay down any numerical combination of tiles that match...
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  • Toy Wood Canteen | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg.

    Toy Wood Canteen

    Fun for role playing games and dress up, our Toy Wood Canteen is made of all natural materials, including lightweight unfinished wood, a sturdy cotton canvas carry strap, and leather string and bindings. The canteen measures 6.5"H x 4.75"W x 2"D and the...
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  • Travel Mini 4-Player Shut the Box Game | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Travel Mini 4-Player Shut the Box Game

    A traditional game of counting, addition, and probability, Shut-the-Box dates as far back as the 12th century when this game was enjoyed by Norman fishermen after a long day at sea. Roll the dice and lay down any numerical combination of tiles that match...
    $31.99
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  • Game of Graces | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Game of Graces

    The Game of Graces is a fun outdoor game that kids and adults can play. Opponents send gaily beribboned hoops towards each other to be caught on the tips of slender wands in this exciting and elegant sport. A wonderful way to enjoy a day outdoors with...
    $33.00
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  • Folding Wood Mancala with Glass Stones

    Folding Wood Mancala with Glass Stones

    Need something new for a road trip or family game night? This high-quality, travel-sized African Stone game, also known as Mancala, is based on a 7,000 year old game that was played by scooping out pits and callas in the sand and, in many instances,...
    $27.99
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  • Wooden Top | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Wooden Top

    A childhood classic, this wooden top is adapted from an eighteenth-century example found by archeologist during excavations of a Williamsburg well belonging to Colonel John Custis. Still a favorite of the young and young-at-heart...
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  • Shut the Box Four Player Game | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Shut the Box Four Player Game

    Modeled after dice games played by Norman fishermen in the 12th century, Shut the Box is a fast-paced game that is all about matching dice rolls and finishing the game with the least points possible. Made from solid wood with a felt lined playing...
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  • Shut the Box Game

    Shut the Box Game

    Add some old-world charm - and fun - to your next gathering. A traditional game of counting, addition, and probability, Shut-the-Box dates as far back as the 12th century when this game was enjoyed by Norman fishermen after a long day at sea. Roll the...
    $29.99
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  • Numbers Dice Games

    Numbers Dice Games

    Similar to games played in the 18th century, this fun numbers dice  game reinforces spelling, counting and math skills. Simulated ivory dice come with instructions for several ways to play. Features Used to Educate and Entertain Set of 8 1"...
    $16.95
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  • Alphabet Dice Game educational toy | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Alphabet Dice Game

    It comes as no surprise that learning is best achieved when the process is enjoyable, and our Alphabet Dice Game is sure to please. Even John Locke, 17th-century philosopher and educator, encouraged the use of alphabet dice so children would learn their...
    $19.99
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