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Toys from the Past

A hands-on activity looking at the similarities and differences between toys today and toys in the past. To reinforce concepts of ‘old’ and ‘new’ and to provide a wide range of opportunities for children to develop their speaking and listening skills. A chance for children to discuss changes to toys and the way people played that has happened within living memory.

Learning Outcomes

Children will be able to:

  • Draw conclusions about the types of old and new toys
  • Add new words to their vocabulary and reinforce prior learning and experience
  • Identify materials used to make toys in the past and toys today
  • Handle old toys from the Museum Loans collection
  • Gain an understanding of the different mechanisms and forces used to make toys work (i.e.: clockwork, push, pull etc)

Suitable for Key Stage 1 – Max 30 children per workshop

Cost = £120 per half-day plus travel expenses (45p per mile from County Museum to school) / £210 per full day plus travel expenses (45p per mile from County Museum to school).

For more information or to discuss a booking please contact Su Vale on 01299 250416 or e-mail