Toys and Games                   What did my parents & grandparents play with?     Look at toys and games that were played with by parents and grandparents. Explore how  television, film and changing technology has influenced trends in toys.  Look at different materials used in the production of toys. Play with toys and games that parents and grandparents would have owned.

In this 2hr workshop pupils will travel back to the start of the 1960’s in a ‘time machine’ to discover a child’s bedroom with a toy box. Pupils will find out what is in the box and help to demonstrate the old toys. They will meet Dylan and Peter Rabbit.

Next stop in the time machine and pupils will land in the early 1990’s. They will see the change in toys and games and learn about developments in technology.

Pupils will take part in a carousel of activities:

  • 1960’s Hoopla game competition.
  • Sketching toys.
  • Playing with toys that parents and grandparents would have had.


The workshop will focus on

  • What toys and games were popular in the past
  • How trends in toys and games have changed due to the influence of television and film
  • How technology had developed and the influence it has had on toys and games
  • The different materials used to make toys                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “A wonderful morning, the children were captivated and engaged throughout all of the activities. Perfectly pitched, hands on activities which all children (and adults!) enjoyed. Very knowledgeable, great presentation and really lovely with the children. Would definitely book and and would recommend.”

Elizabeth Sowerby  St Winifred’s Roman Catholic Primary School  Stockport

“An excellent interactive workshop with links to old/new/past/present in history, with great links with materials and their properties in science. Great quality resources for the children to explore. Great for KS1”

Jenna Hickman  Pikes Lane Primary School Bolton

“The children were very enthusiastic with the toys! They all commented on how enjoyable the lesson was. Very pleased”

Chris Telford   Tyldesley Primary School Tyldesley