Toys & Playthings
Medieval Children

Growing Up in Medieval London

Pleasures and Pastimes in Medieval London

The Medieval Household: Daily Living c.1150-c.1450

Material Culture in London in an Age of Transition: Tudor and Stuart Period Finds c. 1450-c. 1700 from Excavations at Riverside Sites in Southwark

This topic is divided into sections: balls, dolls and doll clothes, figurines, games, hobby-horses, hoops, miniatures, noisemakers & rattles, puppets, scopperels, stilts, swings, tops, toy boats, toy horses, and toy knights.

Spielen und Spielzeug im Mittelalter features more photos and descriptions of medieval toys and other related artifacts.

Also take a look at the BNF's online resources for L'enfance au Moyen Âge, as well as the related articles posted at the bottom of this page.


DOLLS AND DOLL CLOTHES (see also Figurines, Miniatures, and Puppets)

Additional articles: "Jointed Dolls in Antiquity" (American Journal of Archaeology #34) and Medieval Dolls.


FIGURINES

HOBBY-HORSES/STICK-HORSES (see also Toy Horses)

HOOPS

MINIATURES

NOISEMAKERS & RATTLES

PUPPETS (see also Fools' Baubles)

SCOPPERELS (a sort of pinwheel or whirligig, often on a long stick held like a lance while riding a hobby-horse; some seem to be shorter, and mounted on a ball held in the hand)

STILTS

SWINGS

TOPS

TOY BOATS

TOY HORSES (see also Toy Knights and Hobby Horses)

TOY KNIGHTS

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