Beyond Play

Life on the farm was no game, but the Dyckman family did play some. Today, we encourage children to play, but that was not always the case in the past. Built in 1784, children growing up at the Dyckman farmhouse worked when they were as young as 5 years old. It wasn’t until the 1800s that childhood became a distinct phase in life. Time for play allowed children to learn social skills, follow rules, and improve physical abilities. Similar to today, many children played outdoor games like tag or hide-and-seek. Manufactured toys were just starting to become available, so games were handmade.


On exhibit Fall 2021 in the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum Relic Room