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A Child's Life in Early America

from The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts

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What was it like to be a child living in the early 1800s? Was it very different from how children live today, or are there similarities? Participants will experience and act out a day-in-the-life of a child living on an early 1800s farm, problem-solving the challenges they faced and comparing it with their lives today.

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About This Program


Multipoint: $100.00
Point to Point: $100.00
By Request: $100.00

For an additional per-student fee, this program can include the supplies for children to make clay marbles. Please indicate interest in this optional craft add-on at time of booking for more information.


45 minutes. Can be modified to suit your scheduling needs

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

No minimum

Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Problem Solving

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)
Google Hang Out
Microsoft Teams

Booking Information

Teacher/coordinator must schedule a test call prior to the date of the program in order to ensure a good virtual connection and to discuss other logistics

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

No refunds within 14 days of program date. In the event of inclement weather, please contact the Education Department at 973-377-2982 ext. 12 to discuss rescheduling.

About This Provider

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The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts

Madison, NJ
United States

Drawing on its rich collection, METC Education programs inspire learners of all ages to ask questions about the world around us. We explore American history with a focus on the life and stories of early New Jerseyans and craftspeople with programs emphasizing the intersections of history and cultural heritage in NJ.

Hilary May
973-377-2982 ext. 12

Program Details


1. This program begins with a comparison of daily life in the 19th versus 21st centuries
2. We then act out altogether the daily chores of a farm child in the early 1800s
3. We discuss how toys and games would have been different from today.
4. Time is allowed for questions and answers


Participants will:
1. Use objects as a source of information and inspiration by role-playing daily life in the early 19th century with common household tools.
2. Compare their lives to the lives of early American children by stating similarities and differences.
3. Understand how early Americans used innovation and creativity to live in a world before the invention of electricity, phones, cars and many other modern technologies.
4.. Communicate effectively to classmates and teachers.

Standards Alignment

State Standards

New Jersey
Social Studies

6.1.2.EconET.1: Explain the difference between needs and wants.
6.1.2.HistoryCC.3: Make inferences about how past events, individuals, and innovations affect our current lives.