Explore through play
Set up a toy shop in your setting or classroom.
Children could help sort the toys into different types – wooden toys, moving toys, cuddly toys…
They could make labels and a sign – what will you call your shop?
Perhaps your shop also has a toys workshop, making toys to sell.
Split pin acrobats
Children can use split pins to create their own moving paper acrobats, or a different toy such as a teddy bear or a doll.
They can draw and cut out their own design, or use our template and step-by-step guide here.
Make a display of their acrobats, or other toys, in different poses – some might even be flipping through the air.
Use our grid of ‘Toys and games from our past’ to make a pairs game.
- Print out two copies of the grid – you can find it here.
- Glue the grids onto card and cut out each image, to make 12 pairs of old toys.
- Mix up the images and lay them face down on the table.
- Children take it in turns to turn over two cards.
- If the cards are a pair, they keep them and have another go.
- If the cards are not a pair, they put them back exactly where they found them and it’s the next person’s go.
- The player with the most pairs at the end wins.
Encourage children to talk about the toys while they are playing the game. What are they called? What do they look like? What are they made of? What do children think of them? Would they like to play with them..?
Try making a similar game, matching each image to the toy’s name.