I see that Fairlynch Arts Centre and Museum in Budleigh Salterton is holding a Victorian Toy Workshop for children aged 7-11 on Saturday 24 April 2010.
Noah's Ark, children's bricks, a rocking horse, cup and ball and other games long forgotten will be explained, along with a Teddy Bears' picnic.
Nearly every wealthy Victorian family had a wooden Noah's Ark, with pairs of animal figures, usually made in Germany where a cottage industry grew up specialising in their manufacture, with carving skills passed down within families from generation to generation. Due to their biblical theme many were played with only on Sundays.
The workshop will run from 10.00am to 12.00 midday. There is a charge of £1.00 to cover materials. To reserve your place call 01395 442666.