Sheep - Household Materials Object Reg. No: SH 990215

Summary:
Home-made sheep, made from everyday household materials - body is an orange kitchen sponge, head is a steel wool pad, eyes are two unused matches, legs are two white pegs, and tail is a white pipe cleaner. There is a yellow ribbon tied around the body of the sheep. Made by a child, and donated to the ACFC in 1991.

This object is part of the Australian Children's Folklore Collection. The ACFC is unique in Australia, documenting contemporary children's folklore across Australia and in other countries, reaching back to the 1870s. The Collection has a strong component of research material relating to Victoria.

The use of recycled or found materials to make playthings is common to children all over the world. In many instances, the process of making the object is as important to the child as the end result. The use of ordinary household materials gave rise to playthings such as matchbox furniture, button spinners, cotton-reel 'tractors' and peg dolls, which were familiar objects to children earlier this century and until approx. the 1960s. Children today make their playthings from contemporary materials, but the common ingredient is imagination. This object was made by a child, from ordinary materials found in the kitchen or the laundry.
Description:
Home-made sheep, made from everyday household materials - body is an orange kitchen sponge, head is a steel wool pad, eyes are two unused matches, legs are two white pegs, and tail is a white pipe cleaner. There is a yellow ribbon tied around the body of the sheep. Acknowledgement: Australian Children's Folklore Collection, Museum Victoria.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Dr June Factor, 1999
Acknowledgement:
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 12.00 cm (Height), 4.00 cm (Width), 12.50 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: amusements, children s play, domestic equipment, handmade games toys, making do, making history - australian childrens folklore
Themes this item is part of: Australian Children's Folklore Collection, Childhood & Youth Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Leisure Collection
Primary Classification: GAMES & TOYS
Secondary Classification: Farm Toys
Tertiary Classification: animal figurines

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