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Board game - The Day's Doings of a Little Mouse, An Amusing Game for Learning French
  • The Day's Doings of a Little Mouse, An Amusing Game for Learning French
    Chad Valley Company Limited
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The Day's Doings of a Little Mouse, An Amusing Game for Learning French

  • Object:

    Board game

  • Place of origin:

    Birmingham (published)

  • Date:

    1924 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Chad Valley Company Limited (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Chromolithographed paper on card

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Mears

  • Museum number:

    MISC.459&:1 to 6-1980

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This game has 100 playing spaces and is played rather like Snakes and Ladders. Players follow a young mouse from the time he gets up in the morning until he goes to bed at night. The instructions are printed on the game board, which is all in French. The illustrations are by Margaret Tempest, who is very well-known for her illustrations of children's books about animals.

Physical description

Design: chromolithograph, mounted on card; with all directions and numbers in French.
No. of squares: 100
Squares illustrated: some
Square numbering: all
Squares titled: all
Subject of starting square: mouse in bed
Subject of ending square: mouse in bed

Place of Origin

Birmingham (published)


1924 (published)


Chad Valley Company Limited (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Chromolithographed paper on card

Object history note

The illustrations were done by the illustrator, Margaret Tempest, later Lady Mears who retained her professional name when working.

CGG-Games & Puzzles, 1991

Historical context note

Rewards: forward movement, extra turns
Forfeits: backward movement, missed turned
No. of Players: any
Equipment required: markers, printed card in the form of a mouse staning on a card disc of different colours.

The game is played to its own rules and directions which are one the playing surface . However, the game is played roughly to Snakes and Ladders rules. All numbers and rules are in French and the game was designed to teach the language.

Rules placement: on playing surface

Descriptive line

Chromolithographed game, La Journee d'un Souriceau, made in England by the Chad Valley Company in 1924



Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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