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Toys and Games of the Past

What toys did our great-grandparents play with? What materials were they made from? How are they different from our own toys?

Pupils will be able to see original toys of the past from our collection including china, wax and wooden dolls. They will play with an exciting variety of replica toys such as cup and ball, spinning tops, clockwork toys, and different optical toys such as a zoetrope.

Pupils will also learn fun Victorian parlour games that they can teach to their friends and families back home and at school.

"Great for the children to see, touch and play with real toys from the past."
Heathfield House
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: £125 per workshop of up to 32 children

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Learning objective

To explore a variety of toys from the past and to identify and understand the differences and similarities with toys of today.

National Curriculum links


  • Historical concepts – similarity and difference, continuity and change, making connections


  • Spoken language and listening skills, role-play, increasing vocabulary


  • Everyday materials – identifying and naming a variety of different materials, discussing their properties