Find out how children played at home during the early 1900s and try to identify the biggest differences with today’s toys and games. Teddy bears had been a new craze in the early 1900s. The German toymaker Richard Steiff made the finest bears of all, but when war broke out, German teddy bears became unthinkable. British toymakers rushed to make patriotic British bears instead. Watch the story of how Tommy goes on a mission to find new toys, when he discovers his sister's bear is German. Follow him and his neighbour, Isa, as they talk about what games they played and the toys that they could buy at the local toy shop.
Children could discuss all the toys that they enjoy playing with at home. By preparing pictures or even a presentation, they could be asked to compare and contrast toys now and toys during the war years. They could record their findings in a classroom display.