Toys and games

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Through the ages children have played with toys and games as a leisure activity, and for learning. We have selected these resources to support your achievement objectives relating to this topic. SCIS 1591307

Fact Monster Toys and Games
This factmonster site provides a useful portal to a wide range of toy and game resources for students. These include interactive games, timelines and videos on the subject toys.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

To discover information on the school work site ManyAnswers use the search term toys.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Old Wooden Toys
This well organised site has a comprehensive range of information relating to early European toys.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

People’s History: the toys of the 20th century
Identifies the most popular toys and games of the last century decade by decade.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Te Ara Online Encyclopaedia of New Zealand

These entries from Te Ara give a general description of the way New Zealand’s children spent their leisure time. In the first link children of the tangata whenua is the focus. In the second link popular toys and games of colonial settlers are described. ‘Traditional Māori Games’ and ‘Play and Recreation’ are the key words used for these searches.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

The Strong National Museum of Play
This site provides images and educational information about a comprehensive collection of toys held in The Strong National Museum of Play, Manhattan, New York

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Traditional Children’s Games from Around the World

This comprehensive, and well-illustrated site is suitable for a wide age range. It includes indoor and outdoor games, grouped by type. The site enables the student to compare game variations between the countries.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Traditional Maori Games
This link describes a comprehensive list and instructions for playing Māori games. It is presented in both English and Te Reo.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate

Worldwide Toys: junior level

A very junior level site, put together by the staff of a British primary school, showing a simple selection of toys from different parts of the world and how they are played with. Features activities and lesson plans suitable for NE - Yr 4 students.

Suggested level: primary

Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

The Portal: a Minecraft adventure, by S. D. Stuart, 2013  (fiction)
Sage, by Victoria M. Azaro, 2014 (fiction)
Teddy One-Eye: the autobiography of a teddy bear, by Gavin Bishop, 2014 (fiction)

The Indian in the Cupboard, Youtube, 1.36.09