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Travelling to the Past for Children and Adults

25.11.2016

The museum classes devoted to the culture, life and traditions of the Upper Don Cossacks took place in the excursion and exhibition centre “People’s House”.

The classes were joined by disabled children who came with their parents from the Sholokhov District villages and the children of the Sholokhov Centre of Help for Children. The program developed by the museum workers was varied. The children learned about the way of life and traditions of Cossack families early in the XX century and tried to carry out daily pursuits about the farm: they carried buckets on a yoke, got the pot out from the oven using a long handle and did other works.

After the merry competitions the children and adults played lotto, and the parents taught their children how to play this game. The table game was followed by active games which in old times were played by little Cossacks: “Biryulki”, “Kubar” and “Kalechina-Malechina”. The program was ended with a master-class on making souvenirs and the children painted a miniature on clay picturing Fair characters.

“It’s a real wonder for contemporary boys and girls to learn about daily pursuits of Cossacks living early in the previous century. We thank the museum workers for making a wonderful holiday for children and showing the old traditions”, – these are the words about the classes from the specialists of the Centre of Psychological and Educational Assistance T.Shpynyova and L.Shevchenko.

N.Sitnyanskaya, a social teacher of the Sholokhov District Help Children Centre, shared her impressions: “Our children like the museum classes very much. They are happy to play forgotten Cossack games. The girls are fond of “Biryulki” and the boys liked “Kalechina-Malechina” most of all.”

Olga Karghina