Tackling the household laundry was a long and laborious process for the Victorian housewife.
The replicas in this set will provide plenty of ideas for history mystery, enquiry opportunities and role play.
•Wooden Dolly Peg: This 91cm-high dolly made of sycamore would be used to plunge and spin the grime out of clothes in a washtub. Interesting to note that the design of the handle is uneven in length to allow spinning (an action washing machines replicate today).
•Wooden Laundry Tongs: A pair of wooden tongs, essential protection for mixing and pulling items of clothing from the boiling copper or boiler. 38cm long with galvanised steel spring.
•Carpet Beater: A 75cm willow tool, ideal for role play as an energetic feature of many homes of the period. As a history mystery for younger children, this has been known to serve up to eight functions including a rat chaser!
•Laundry Brush: This type of very tough, bristled brush was one of the items used for removing stubborn stains from clothes. Other uses include attending to many of the kitchen surfaces.
Age Range:Suitable for 5 to 11 years
19 Dec 2018
”I have not used them with a group of children yet, but they look sturdy enough. I also remember these from my childhood so they are authentic!”
24 Oct 2017
Easy and also very swift delivery.
09 Jun 2016
03 Jun 2016
Brilliant,Carnt beat the old style wooden tongs.
05 Feb 2016
OK - we'll see how they last
08 Sep 2015
I returned it. This was a travesty of a dolly peg. I remember using a dolly peg as a child in our no-electricity house, and I can tell you the bottom round bit was too small, the pegs were not flared out and the top handles were too wide and altogether out of proportion. It seemed to me that it had been adapted to fit the packaging.