Peterborough Museum has a large selection of toys dating back from Victorian times to the 1970s - perfect for topics looking at playtime, childhood and materials.
Take part in two museum-led activities:
In this handling activity, a range of toys are looked at; focusing on type, material, how it works and how it compares with toys within living memory. Then pupils explore further with real and replica toys and games through enquiry-based play and discussion.
A toy from the collection is used as inspiration for this craft activity. Follow a set of simple instructions and select from a range of material to make a pop-up toy to take back to school.
A museum-led drama activity is based on the story ‘The Magic Toyshop’ where some of the toys that the children looked at during the handling activity, come to life!
Take a toy trail around the museum. We have a selection of toys from the past in our permanent collection. Taking the toy trail will allow the children and accompanying adults to view and discuss these, as well as seeing the rest of the museum. This is a self-led trail and copies will be available on the day.