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Historical Games

  • 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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  • Pieces of Eight

    Ahoy, matey! Your little pirates will want a few of these reproduction coins to run through their fingers when dressing up as a pirate. Makes a fun educational tool for the classroom too. Features Reproduction Pieces of Eight Includes: 8 Bits, 4...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Battledore and Shuttlecock Game Set

    Eighteenth-century tennis anyone? A relative of both modern badminton and table tennis, this game includes two soft-wood paddles known as "battledore" and two feather and cork "shuttlecocks." Ideal for adults and children aged 8 and up, the game arrives...

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  • Bilbo Catcher

    Toys of the cup & ball family had already been favorite childhood amusements for many centuries by the time of settlements in the North American colonies, and they have remained popular throughout American history. In the more difficult bilbo catcher...

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  • Slate Board with Natural Wood Frame | The Shops at Colonial Williamsburg

    Slate Board with Natural Wood Frame

    Imagine the squeak of a stylus or chalk on slate as a room full of Williamsburg children practiced ciphering and arithmetic. Our board is made of smooth slate, held in a simple, 5" x 7" wooden frame. Chalk not included. Features Smooth Natural...

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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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