Toys through History
The first Frisbees were used to cook pies!

Toys through History

This quiz addresses the requirements of the National Curriculum KS1 History for children aged 5, 6 and 7 in years 1 and 2. Specifically this quiz is aimed at the section dealing with developing an awareness of difference between the past and present.

Young children in KS1 are encouraged to see the difference between the past and the present. One area which can be used to demonstrate this is that of toys. The toys children play with today are very different to those which their parents and grandparents may have played with. Young children are already more technologically advanced than many adults and may be amazed to discover the 'low tech' toys their ancestors enjoyed!

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  1. In Ancient Greece, boys played ball games with something unusual. What was it?
    Only boys went to school in Ancient Greece, girls stayed at home to cook and clean
  2. In 1950, a construction toy was invented which most of us have played with. What was it?
    To begin with, Lego was quite unpopular as people preferred wooden toys!
  3. A blockbusting film released in the 1970s saw action figure toys sell like hot cakes. What was the film?
    The toys and figures are still very popular today, especially as more films are set to be released
  4. In 1767, an inventor called John Spilsbury made the first what?
    He intended to teach geography by cutting maps into pieces but soon people began making jigsaws for entertainment
  5. What was the Frisbee first used for?
    The Frisbee was originally a metal pie tin made by the Frisbee Baking Company in America
  6. Why is a teddy bear called a teddy bear?
    Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear on a hunting trip and teddy bears are named after him
  7. Where was the first doll's house made?
    The first doll's houses belonged to wealthy ladies who had replicas made of their own homes
  8. What was the original use for Play-Doh?
    It's use as a toy was discovered accidentally!
  9. What was the first toy to be advertised on television?
    This toy was invented in the 1950s and became even more popular after the movie 'Toy Story'
  10. What was the first game to use our bodies as playing pieces?
    The game was quite controversial - people weren't sure if it was a good idea or not!

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