Going back in time with old fun and games

Victorian Christmas party at the Scarborough Art Gallery.'Sisters Ana,left and Jausmin Whitehead having a ball playing marbles.'Picture by Neil Silk  115091c'17/12/11
Victorian Christmas party at the Scarborough Art Gallery.'Sisters Ana,left and Jausmin Whitehead having a ball playing marbles.'Picture by Neil Silk 115091c'17/12/11

VICTORIAN toys, parlour games and greetings cards proved a hit with youngsters at Scarborough Art Gallery’s period Christmas party.

The event gave five to 11 year olds the chance to step back in time and experience a taste of Christmas through the eyes of a Victorian child.

Victorian Christmas party at the Scarborough Art Gallery.'Joseph Moment gets to grips with the art of Tiddlywinks.'Picture by Neil Silk  115091b'17/12/11

Victorian Christmas party at the Scarborough Art Gallery.'Joseph Moment gets to grips with the art of Tiddlywinks.'Picture by Neil Silk 115091b'17/12/11

The youngsters played with original pieces from the gallery’s collection, including marbles, yo-yos and tiddly winks.

They made traditional Victorian Christmas cards and played parlour games, including charades.

The session concluded with a chance to make Christmas crackers.

Learning assistant Zoe Spring said: “They enjoyed it and I think they got a lot out of comparing newer toys with the older ones.

“Many of the children already had a good understanding of the Victorian era having studied it at school.

“A lot of them are regulars at our Saturday Art Clubs and love doing creative activities.”