What was life like for children in New France? Did they wear wooden shoes? What games did they play?
The students will experience the lives of children in those days here on Montréal’s very birthplace, at Pointe-à-Callière. They’ll have fun getting a taste of the past, playing the games and doing the chores that were once part of the everyday lives of young people in New France.
It’s a chance to play with tops and bilboquets, try on a cape or a jabot, darn a sock … just like back in the 18th century!
The guide will even challenge them to tell some old-time objects and foods apart from more modern ones. The answers are sometimes surprising. All in all, it’s a workshop that makes learning child’s play!
What will the students do at the Museum?
- Explore a unique site, Pointe-à-Callière, the Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History, where traces from the past come alive to tell them about history.
- Experience everyday life in the 18th century, by playing with quality reproductions.
- Dress up to learn about the roles and duties of different people in New France.
Concepts covered during the workshop
- Demographic characteristics of the population.
- Cultural phenomena: linguistic expressions of the era, diet, men’s and women’s clothing and how it related to their roles within society, entertainment, daily household chores, and customs.
- Economic phenomena: agriculture, business, and the fur trade.
- Influence of certain public figures.
The activities during this workshop are in line with the Quebec Education Program and help develop the following subject-specific competencies at the elementary school level:
Geography, History, and Citizenship Education