After a coach journey full of excitement and laughter, we arrived at Christchurch mansion and were led into the school room. Here, our tour guide, Janet, showed us and spoke to us about some of the toys children would of played with many years ago. Some of these were very old, such as a spinning picture toy, and some were more recent, such as an action man.
We then split into 2 groups. The first group stayed in the school room and had the chance to play with the old toys, whilst the second group went into another room in the mansion for a ' toy workshop' session. This involved each pair being given a modern day toy, such as some Lego bricks and a doll, and then finding the Victorian version of the toy within the room. The children really enjoyed this challenge, and each pair managed to find the matching toy. All of the children agreed that they preferred the toys we have today, and that most of them were more colourful and safer.
Once the two groups had swapped over, we all met back in the school room, where Janet showed us a Victorian picture and music book. This book was extremely precious as it was very old, and Janet had to wear some special white gloves to show us the pictures and play the sounds.
After a yummy lunch and spotting a squirrel or two on the way,.....we all burnt off some energy in the adventure playground. We all had lots of fun on the different apparatus (even the adults!),and then it was time to walk back through the park to get back on the coach for the journey back to school.......there were even a few Zzzzz coming from the seats.......but was it from the children or the adults?!
I think it is safe to say we all had a fantastic time and learnt lots more about old toys!
A big WELL DONE to all the children, and thank-you to all the parents who accompanied us on our first school trip!
Take a look at the photos from our day......