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This week we are finishing our History topic of Toys

Can you review with your child how toys have changed, and why toys have changed?


Discuss with your child the changes of toys overtime. 

This could include:-

* the materials that the toys are made from, for example, wooden toys from the past and plastic toys of today.

* technology, for example, windup toys from the past and electrical toys of today.

* safety aspects, for example how the toys from the past were not tested for safety, as much as toys are tested today.

*playing outside, for example, children’s games from the past included a lot of outside time. Today of today are more likely to be played inside.

Can you play a game of hopscotch with your child outside?

Can you ask your child if they would rather play with toys from the past or toys from today. Can your child explain their answer.


What materials are waterproof?



Share the video and discuss with your child the language of waterproof, absorbent, see through and not see through (or opaque). 


Look for materials around the house that could be waterproof or absorbent. Discuss the materials that the children have found.

Can your child sort the items for waterproof and absorbent materials? 


Ask your child about their sort. Ask your child about the materials that they consider to be waterproof and the materials that they consider to be absorbent. Ask your child to predict which items have waterproof materials and which items have absorbent materials. 


Can your child test the materials to see which are absorbent and which are waterproof?

Use a tea spoon, and only add the same amount of water to the different materials. 

Did your child make the correct predictions? 


Discuss why certain items are made from certain materials. 


For example:-

* A dish cloth is absorbent, to soak up the water from the dishes.  

* A raincoat is waterproof to protect you from the rain.

* A sponge is absorbent to soak up spilt water.

* An umbrella is waterproof to stop you getting wet.