Toys of Common Children
The common children of the Elizabethan era did not own many toys or games. They were limited to simple toys, such as dolls, and toy soldiers, and the toys they could make. Many of the poorer common children did not have time for play as they were either working on the farm, or working as an apprentice. Imported toys were very expensive and could not be purchased by those with less wealth. Girls who did not have the money to purchase real dolls, played with dolls made of paper. Likewise, many boys who could not afford toys played outside with other boys more. If boys could get their hands on the proper tools, they would enjoy hunting or fishing. The children in the picture below are dressed and accessorized less flamboyantly, and are playing and fishing with a makeshift rod, showing their lack of the latest gear.