Children's Parties in 1896
Students will view a "slice of life" in the 1890s by
reviewing the "party etiquette" of birthday parties
in the 1890's including how to write the proper invitation and
what games should be played at the party.
- How did children of the 1890s celebrate their birthdays?
- What are the differences and similarities of birthday parties
in the 1890s with the 1990s?
- Ask students to share with the class different ways they have
celebrated their birthdays. Did anyone have a party? How did you
invite your guests? What plans did you make? Did you have a cake?
What games or activities did you play?
- Share with the students the information for a successful children's
party and the examples of proper invitations. Discuss the examples
including comments on the formality, words used, time and length
of the party, and location.
- Share with the students the different games that would be
played at the party. What type of games did they play? How are
they different? How are they the same? Would you have fun at this
party today? Why or why not?
- Assignment: Have students plan a birthday party celebration
for Cleveland. They are to design the invitation, plan the refreshments
and games to be played. They should incorporate games from the
past as well as games from the present, and perhaps develop a
game of the future. They could invite other classes or parents
to join in their celebration.