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Year 1 Visit the Magical Toy Museum

A facilitator from the Fresh Water Theatre visited our Year 1 children on Monday 9th March to give the children a history lesson all about toys of the past and present.

Our Year 1 children became toy experts as they entered the Magical Toy Museum and bought toys from the past 100 years to life using their bodies and voices, before inventing their own original toy.

The facilitator played the role of a museum curator, using drama activities such as role-play and tableaux to explore the different toys. She used different rooms in the museum to find out about different types of toys from the past century. 

The children looked at:

  • Teddy bears (looking at bears up to 100 years old) 

  • Dolls

  • Moving toys (wind up, springs, pull/push toys)

  • Inventing toys (children get the chance to imagine their own)

The children loved the workshop and were engaged the entire time. They learned a lot and were able to write a recount describing the different types of toys they saw and what they were made of.