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Toys of the Past Museum Visit - 10 10 14

We had an entertaining visit to Wakefield Museum on Friday morning where we got to play with old Victorian toys. We found out what types of toys children used to play with over 100 years ago. It was interesting feeling and looking at the toys to decipher what material they were made from and compare them to modern toys we play with nowadays.

When we got back to school we used the I-pads and looked at photos of some of the toys we'd played with at the museum. We also found a photo of a 'Noah's Ark' play set which Alison, our workshop leader, had told us about. In Victorian times, many children weren't allowed to play with toys on Sundays because it was considered a Holy day. However, they were allowed to play with a 'Noah's Ark' toy set because Noah's Ark is a well known religious story from the Bible. Therefore, many families had a 'Noah's Ark' toy set in their homes because children weren't allowed to play with any other toys on a Sunday.

We also found out another interesting fact: Santa Claus used to wear green instead of red in Victorian times!

Take a look at the photos to see what fun we got up to at the museum!