Summer is a great time to play games – indoors and outdoors. We have collected lots of ideas linked to our collections at Macclesfield Museums. From an Ancient Egyptian Board Game, to traditional Victorian school playground games, through to our online jigsaw challenge – There’s lots to do – Have fun!


The Ancient Egyptian board game Senet

Learn how to make and play the Ancient Egyptian game of Senet; one of the oldest known board games

Online Egyptian Jigsaw Challenge

Have a go at our Shabti and Shebmut Mummy online jigsaw challenge. How fast can you complete them? Challenge your friends and family!

Choose from 24 up to 300 pieces, or go custom size.

How to make a Yo-Yo

Have a go at making a yo-yo!

Why are they called Yo-Yos?

In the 1800s, the English term for a yo-yo was a bandalore, and English royalty made it their toy of choice. In the United States, two Ohio inventors filed an 1866 U.S. patent for a product they referred to as a “bandelore” and a “whirligig,” which was made of metal.

Fast forward to the 1920s in California, where Pedro Flores, a young Filipino man, sold hand-carved yo-yos and staged demonstrations to show how the toys worked. Flores trademarked the name “yo-yo,” which means “come come” in Tagalog. In 1928, Flores’ yo-yo business caught the attention of American entrepreneur Donald F. Duncan, who purchased both the company and the trademarked name “yo-yo.” And the rest is history…

Victorian Games

We have compiled lots of different games, both indoor and outdoor, that were popular in Victorian times and are still played in playgrounds today. Download our Free Activity Sheet and have a go!