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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 18th 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

    Add some old-world charm—and fun—to your next gathering. A traditional game of counting, addition, and probability. Shut-the-Box dates back to the 18th century when this game was enjoyed by Norman fishermen after a long day at sea. Roll the dice and lay...

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  • Alphabet Dice Game

    It comes as no surprise that learning is best achieved when the process is enjoyable. Even John Locke, 17th-century philosopher and educator, encouraged the use of alphabet dice so children would learn their letters while thinking they were simply...

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  • Reproduction Wooden Checker Set

    Checkers has been a family favorite for centuries. A must-have in every home, this wooden checker set was adapted from an antique set in the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation collection. The checkers illustrate different fables from Aesop. Aesop's fables...

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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...

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  • 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. WARNING: Small Parts. Not for children under 3 YRS...

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  • Pieces of Eight

    When donning the eye patch and bandana, they'll want a few of these to run through their fingers. Authentic lead-free pewter replicas of the quintessential pirate booty. Comes with the equivalent of 3 full coins, 2 halves, 4 quarters and 8 wedges of...

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  • Cup and Ball Game

    Trying to swing the wooden ball into the cup has been a favorite amusement of children (and adults) for many centuries. The game was very popular in 18th-century Europe and the American colonies. Turned solid maple, 10 3/4"L. For ages 3 and up...

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  • 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,...

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  • Mini Captain's Mistress Game

    Legend says that Captain Cook played this game nightly to relax with his fellow shipmates. In fact, he spent so much time playing the game, it came to be known as the Captain's Mistress. The object of the game is simple, yet the strategies are endless...

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