Monday Missions: a simple idea to add a little magic to your week.
Does the idea of taking your kids to an antique shop make you shutter? Think again. As long as your kids are not knocking stuff around like bulls, antique shops are some of the best places for kids to learn about history and consumer culture. They are like libraries for material culture.
Kids learn about old toys, kitchen tools, cars, clothes, food packaging and more. They can connect better to the stories that their grandparents have told them about radios and old Barbies.
I think the main key to hanging in a shop with kids is to let them lead and give them plenty of time to look at whatever interests them. Follow them to the knives and old purses even if you are looking for postcards. See what catches their fancy.
Old spinning wheels and butter churners make stories like Little House on the Prairie come alive.
Antique stores often have a lot of taxidermy animals, fur coats and bags made from whole animals, which leads to so complicated conversations.
I am really curious if anyone else has kids who like going to the antique store?