Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Good Stuff

There are probably things in your house that would fascinate your children but you haven't thought to offer or they haven't found the good stuff yet. Consider interesting things you have that might be of interest for being old, foreign, specially made or obtained under special circumstances:
dishes / pots /molds
silverware—even one old piece you know something about
egg beater
flour sifter
can openers (“church keys”)
old bottles or other containers
old clothes from the 60's or 70's
recordings—reel to reel, 45's, 78's, 8-tracks
manual typewriter
push mower
pre-transistor radio
More of that list, and the parent article are at
photo by Holly Dodd
(one of the cover images on the first edition of The Big Book of Unschooling)



  1. Your museum page is my favourite! Thanks for sharing it today! :)

  2. It's one of my favorites ever, too. It's the first one I used photoshop for (to make that title art, and the background) and the first one I used scanner art for (the record and drawer-stuff, with a white rabbit fur over it to keep it from having deep shadows with it was scanned).

  3. Old or broken down cars are hours of fun!

  4. I just saw the comment about old cars (a few years late). Our neighbors had something totally rusted out, but the steering wheel was still there, and some of the dashboard knobs. That was the 1960's, and it was old, so it was probably from the 1930's or early 40's, but we would sit and sing and "go places." It was either a convertible or the top was long gone. :-) It faced no sensible direction.

    For a while our fifteen passenger van wasn't being driven (engine trouble) and was parked behind the house. Holly was nine or ten, I think, and used it as a playhouse. Some of the seats were in, some were out. She made it into a hippie van, with hangings and a Grateful Dead poster, and used to listen to Alice's Restaurant out there, on a boom box.


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