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Jigsaws

There are two jigsaws from the 1880s: 'How jolly it is to be at the seaside' and 'Skipping-time comes after lesson-time'. Jigsaws have always been used as educational toys, helping children learn not only how to put them together, but also through the pictures they show.

In the classroom:  

Look at the 'Seaside' jigsaw: Look at the different types of clothes being worn by the women , boys, girls and entertainers. Do you think the lady in the front is hot or cool? Can you spot - a boy catching a crab? A girl getting ready to make sandcastles? Two children burying themselves in the sand? People paddling? What are the wooden huts for by the sea?
Look at the 'Skipping' jigsaw: The children are skipping after lessons - what do you do at break-times? Look at the clothes they are wearing - do they look different from what you wear to school?

seaside jigsaw

skipping jigsaw

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    Having a shower in Victorian times meant a line of maids passing water up a ladder to the final one who poured it over your head whilst you stood in your metal frame or tent contraption - you can see one at Erdigg, an historic house near Wrexham, North Wales.

     

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