The word ‘toy’ first appeared in the context which we now know in the 1580s, referred to as a “thing” (object) for a child to play with. Download the free educational worksheets on toys here.

Toys - Games  - What’s difference?

A toy is a “thing” (object) for a child to play with.   In this sense the word first appeared in the 1580s.
A game is an activity in which players have to play according to a set of rules: the game of Snakes and Ladders, cards or chess.  In this sense the word was first used about 1300.

Visit the Jersey Museum as part of your topic on Toys.  In the Merchant's House we have an interactive playroom where children can play with replica toys from a bygone era - jigsaws, cup-and-ball, bagatelle, a doll's house and the ever popular rocking horse.

Elsewhere in the Merchant's House real toys from the Victorian period can be seen in the restored bedrooms and in the main museum more real toys can be found in the  Everyday Lives, Everyday Things section of the Story of Jersey.





Other Resources

Sample Lesson Plan – How are our toys different from those in the past? – Year 1.

Old and News Toy Worksheet - Draw one of the Victorian toys and then compare it with one of your modern toys. Write down what the toys are called and what they are made from.

My Museum Photo Trail - The pupils can take photographs of the toys they see. These can be downloaded onto computers and these can be shown while the class report on their visit.
The Photo Trail work sheet acts as an aide-memoire for the trip.

Toys Photo List - Make a table describing what the toys are made of and how they are different from toys today.

My Trip to the Museum - Worksheet to fill in, recording how the day went.