March 2018

On the 13th and 14th March year 1 went to Weston Park to find out about Victorian Toys. We had a fantastic day! When we arrived we all dressed up in Victiorian clothes. Some of us were dressed as rich people, some of us were maids or butlers and some of us dressed as Victorian children. We learnt how Victorian people greeted each other- the boys would bow and girls would curtsey. We found out about a Victorian Houses- Did you know they only had a toilet at the bottom on the garden so they had to have a chamber pot under their bed at night?

We had a lot of fun exploring and playing with Victorian toys both indoors and outdoors.  We noticed that the toys were very different to the toys we mainly play with today. They did not have any iPad’s or any Lego! We were shocked to hear that lots of the toys we play with today were not played with because plastic had not even been invented yet! Victorian toys were mainly made from wood and string, they cost a lot of money and were made by hand not in factories like today. Some poor children even had to make their own toys and dolls from objects such as old brooms and socks because they could not afford to buy toys!

 

The children shared their thoughts on the Victorian toys they played with.

Chloe ‘ I enjoyed playing with the hobby horse, I liked galloping around’
Lucas ‘ I was the champion at skittles, I scored 9 points!’
Ellis ‘ I liked the tumbling monkey, it looked funny when it fell down’
Ethan- ‘The hoops were the best but it was tricky to control them’
Leela- ‘ I learnt how to play skipping games’
Evie- ‘ I liked the dolls house because it had lots of rooms’