Victoria's toys

About this session

Key stage 1 | Subject: History, English | Topic: Victorians | Session Type: Route-based and classroom-based

Kensington Palace was Queen Victoria’s childhood playground. Cosseted by grown-ups and isolated from children her own age, her toys provided moments of relief from the constraints of court life.

What toys and games delighted Queen Victoria as a child? What hobbies did she enjoy, and how did she entertain herself?

Led by a costumed presenter, children will delight in discovering the places Victoria played and the activities she adored. Examining images and objects, they will consider the similarities and differences between toys from the past and today and think about the importance of play to children across time.

Learning objectives

Children will:

  • Gain an insight into the childhood of Queen Victoria.
  • Examine toys to understand how objects can tell us about people’s lives in the past.
  • Describe the characteristics of old and new objects.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:


  • Exploring the lives of significant individuals in the past (Queen Victoria).
  • Understanding some of the ways in which we find out about the past and identify different ways in which it is represented.
  • Identifying similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.


• Use spoken language to develop understanding through speculating, hypothesising, imagining and exploring ideas.

Booking information

Wednesday - Friday
10:45 (Palace arrival time 10:30)
45 minutes
35 students
£130 (includes admission)

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