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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!

In 1767, an inventor called John Spilsbury made the first what?
Doll's pram
Jigsaw puzzle
Bat and ball
Set of marbles
He intended to teach geography by cutting maps into pieces but soon people began making jigsaws for entertainment
What was the Frisbee first used for?
Storing marbles
Feeding pets
Holding plants
Baking pies
The Frisbee was originally a metal pie tin made by the Frisbee Baking Company in America
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
Why is a teddy bear called a teddy bear?
It's the best name for a bear
Because Freddy bear sounds silly
So you don't mix it up with a doll
It was named after an American President
Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear on a hunting trip and teddy bears are named after him
What was the original use for Play-Doh?
A pen holder
A bathing product
A wallpaper cleaner
A picture hanger
Its use as a toy was discovered accidentally!
What was the first toy to be advertised on television?
Mr Potato Head
This toy was invented in the 1950s and became even more popular after the movie 'Toy Story'
A blockbusting film released in the 1970s saw action figure toys sell like hot cakes. What was the film?
Star Wars
Toy Story
Monsters Inc.
The toys and figures are still very popular today
In 1950, a construction toy was invented which most of us have played with. What was it?
Stickle Bricks
To begin with, Lego was quite unpopular as people preferred wooden toys!
In Ancient Greece, boys played ball games with something unusual. What was it?
An inflated pig's bladder
A sheep's brain
A cow's eyeball
A rolled up squirrel
Only boys went to school in Ancient Greece, girls stayed at home to cook and clean
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!
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - How have toys and games changed?

Author:  Angela Smith

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