In spite of the latest gadgets modern technology now provides for youngsters the games and toys of yesteryear still held plenty of attraction for those children taking part in the recent Kauri Museum school holiday programme.
The programme had an international flavour with visitors from Holland joining travellers from Auckland and local children in the daily activities.
Children had the chance to use stereoscopes - a device for viewing a stereoscopic pair of separate images, depicting left-eye and right-eye views of the same scene, as a single three-dimensional image, make windmills and traction engines as well as learning to play knucklebones and hopscotch.
Spokesperson for the museum Diane Macdonald says "gum polishing turned out to be very popular" with the participants.
Other activities included colouring in competitions, hopscotch, and a visit to the pioneer school house - where children noted not only the differences in furniture and school equipment, but the far stricter rules that had to be observed.