The Toyvolution

  • Students will observe the evolution of transportation through toys as artifacts. They will also be able to see how innovations in the real world shortly make it into the child’s world through toys.
  • Students will observe how advances in technology are quickly reflected in the toys of the time. They will see how advances in materials, construction and manufacturing methods, and mechanization/computerization are nearly immediately reflected in playthings.
  • As a group activity, which we call “Breakthroughs in Play”, students will take a current scientific or technological breakthrough and think up a toy or game to utilize that invention.
  • As a craft activity, students will design and make a “vehicle of the future”. Students will be asked to explain WHAT their vehicle is, HOW it works, and WHY it works the way it does. They will be able to take their vehicle home with them.

Your students will need a half day for this program, and it can be done either in the morning or afternoon. There is space here at the museum for your students to have a bag lunch that they bring with them, and we also have refrigerated storage for the lunches, so that an additional meal stop on your fieldtrip would not be necessary.

Target Grade Level/Audience

West Virginia Content Standards and Objectives addressed (3rd Grade):

  • SS.3.5.1 Explain the historical significance of major events, people and their contributions to the United States.
  • SS.3.5.4 Make historical inferences by analyzing artifacts and pictures.
  • SS.3.5.8 Compare and contrast different stories or accounts about past events, people, places or situations, and identify how they contribute to our understanding of the past.
  • SS.3.5.9 Sequence and discuss a series of pictures that reflect historic change (e.g., transportation, technology, agriculture, events in history).

Ohio K-2 Social Studies Benchmarks addressed:

  • History Benchmark C: Compare daily life in the past and present demonstrating an understanding that while basic human needs remain the same, they are met in different ways in different times and places.
  • Economics Benchmark A: Explain how the scarcity of resources requires people to make choices to satisfy their wants.
  • Social Studies Skills & Methods Benchmark A: Obtain information from oral, visual, print and electronic sources.

Ohio most appropriate for Grade 1; academic content standards addressed:

  • Geography #7: Describe human adaptations to variations in the physical environment including (d) transportation.
  • Economics #1: Explain that wants are unlimited and resources are scarce, thereby forcing individuals to make choices.
  • Economics #2: Describe the ways people produce, consume and exchange goods and services in their community