Toys From The Past


A hands-on workshop looking at toys throughout the ages, followed by a practical activity making your own peg doll. 


Best school trip I have ever been on.

Etherley Lane Primary School Teacher

Session Plan

10.00 - 11.30 Children visit the toy gallery for a guided tour before sketching their favourite toy. The children also have the opportunity to play with a variety of toys which encourage them to talk about the different materials they are made from and how they move.
11.30 - 12.30 Lunch (a room is provided)
12.30 - 2.00 Children design and make a peg doll to take back to school.
2.00 Silver Swan performance (optional)
2.15 Depart museum

National Curriculum Links

Science (Everyday Materials)

Year 1 - Distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made

Year 2 - Identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials, including wood, metal, plastic, glass, brick, rock, paper and cardboard for particular uses

Art and Design

To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products

To use drawing to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination

Design and Technology

To design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria

To generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking and drawing

To select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics

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