After a brief introduction to old fashioned toys, children will enjoy learning through play, discovering how toys worked before battery power and computer games and be inspired to make their own Victorian thaumatrope toy to take back to school with them.

Our popular hands-on workshops are led by a member of the Museum Learning Team and have a mixture of replica and original objects for your class to explore and enjoy. Plus, children get to make something to take home on the day.

Key learning outcomes:

Students will ask and answer questions and see how historical artefacts can be a primary source of evidence of the past. Using the familiar context of ‘toys’ will enable children to develop empathy for past lives, identifying both similarities and differences.They will identify and name everyday materials present in Victorian toys and will explore toys to determine basic forces which make them work- such as push, pull, twist and other similar actions.

Main learning approaches:

Active learning
Collaborative learning

Planning a visit:

Workshops last approximately 1 hour.

Most leave plenty of time for schools to combine led sessions with independent exploration of the Museum, especially our treasured Victorian Street.

£35 per workshop (up to 30 children), plus £1.50 museum admission charge per child.

Spaces to eat packed lunches are provided when booking led sessions.

For further information about this workshop, how to book and the wider school offer at Preston Park Museum and Grounds please visit the website and contact the Learning Officer.