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Toys and Games

Experience play time in the past through active participation with a range of old toys and games, comparing the museum's toy collections with the toys of today.

A 3 x 45 minutes programme for a maximum of two classes led by a facilitator 

Suitable for KS1 classes

Lunchroom included

1:5 adult:pupil ratio requested

Information about the organisation of the session 

The session is split up into two 45 minute long led sessions, and one 45 minute session of free time. Both the 'Toys' and the 'Games' sessions are led by a Costumed Interpreter in role as a toy shop owner, immersing the children in living history. 

Session plan

Session objectives

  • To be able to identify differences between old and new toys and games
  • To experience play time in the past through active participation with a range of toys and games from within living memory

Session outline

The children will need to be divided up into small groups as there are different activities for the children to take part in. Each group will need an adult helper to support them when working on the activities.

The Costumed Interpreter leading your session will introduce themselves to the children as the toy shop owner. They will explain that the children are here to learn about toys from the past and to compare them with toys from the present.

The Costumed Interpreter will then give a brief outline of each of the different activities the children will be taking part in. With the class divided up into small groups and the activities explained, the groups will then rotate  to participate in some of the activities described below. Instructions are provided with each activity to support the adult helpers working with each group.

Some of the activities in which they may participate include:

  • Toyshop Timeline - using Milestones' toyshop which displays toys through the decades, look at ways that toys have changed and developed over time
  • Traditional outdoor games - in the street or the park, these are games that children have played for decades when larger space was needed
  • Games from nothing - no preparation, no resources and no materials. How children entertained themselves in the past with nothing to hand
  • Traditional indoor games - ways that parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents may have kept themselves occupied on rainy days
  • I Spy amongst the Simpsons Bears - find answers to the clues by looking carefully at this collection of teddy bears of every size, shape and age and all with different personalities
  • Toy sorting - the toy box is full of toys but which are old and which new? Which should be kept and which thrown away? Lots of debate and discussion to be had!
  • Make your own toys/games from the resources provided - imagination, creativity and resourcefulness required! How much fun can be made from only the items provided?