A little bit about
“…play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.”
Joseph Chilton Pearce
Childhood Development Researcher
Regimental Colours were inspired by the books “Floor Games” and “Little Wars”, both by H. G. Wells. They are short, highly entertaining reads, and full of good ideas for children’s play. Parents can feel good about their children playing with these sorts of toys - a growing body of scientific study highlights the many benefits, such as stimulating the imagination and tactile senses, encouraging interest in history and math, and fostering development of motor skills and eye-hand coordination.
All younger children delight in “setting ‘em up and knocking ‘em down”, playing with the soldiers like old fashioned “skittles”. These colorful formations also appeal to the older child, who may appreciate the more structured play offered by the challenging and educational world of miniature gaming. Gaming (or in this case “floor-gaming”) is a fascinating way to discover history; it reveals why such events occurred, why they concluded as they did, and what might have been. Such an undertaking is also an excellent exercise of the math muscles – fractions in particular. Rules for such games abound, and interested children will happily adopt them or create their own. Wells’ books are an excellent place to start.
Regimental Colours are designed to resemble old-fashioned toy soldiers. They are made from durable hardwoods and birch ply. Water-soluble paints give them a bright, eye-catching appeal, and a water-soluble clear coat ensures they will continue to look good for generations of use. Every production batch is tested for compliance with the US CPSC standards for lead-free coatings in children’s toys.
To give you some idea of size, the soldiers are about 3.5 inches tall, and the wheels of the cannon are about 4 inches in diameter. Perfect for small hands. This equates to a scale of about 90mm, or 1/20th.
“You have only to play at ‘Little Wars’ three or four times to realize just what a blundering thing ‘Great War’ must be.”
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