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Family Portrait, (c)Reproduced by permission of Oxfordshire County Council, Ref:HT12953
This family photograph was taken over 100 years ago, in 1900.  It shows the two parents and their four children, who are posing with their favorite toys.

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Worksheet: Toys in the past

Teaching Idea

Are my toys different from toys in the past?

Ask pupils to look at this family photograph that was taken in 1900.  Ask them to try and spot any toys in the photograph.  The toys in the picture are a doll and a horse and cart.  Ask the pupils if they still play with toys like these.  You may want to bring in a modern doll and toy car, to help them make comparisons between the old toys in the photograph and ones today.  Then ask them to look for similarities and differences between the old and new toys, such as the doll's clothes, why a horse not car? You could also ask what they think the toys might be made of.

Learning Aims and Outcomes

  • Describe the characteristics of old toys
  • Ask questions about toys in the past
  • Infer information about toys in the past
  • Recognise similarites and differences between old and new toys

Prior Knowledge

  • No prior knowledge is require for this Teaching Idea, as new concepts will be introduced

Extended Learning and Useful Links

  • Using the same photograph you could ask pupils to bring in a photograph of themselves with other people who they consider to be their family.  Then compare the two, looking at clothing, size of family and other aspects, such as how formal/informal the pictures are
  • Link - Museum of Childhood

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Keywords: family, toy, clothing, past
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