Follow up activities for Homes and Discovery
Guess the Object – Twenty Questions
Children should work in pairs. Each child needs to be provided with a picture of a household object which they keep hidden from their partner. One child takes the job of asking yes/no questions about their partner’s picture e.g. Is it made of wood? Does it have any moving parts? Etc. The questions could relate to what the object is made of, the way it moves, what it looks like, its design or its use. The aim is to ask relevant questions to help identify what the object is by focusing on the properties of the object.
Comparing old and new household objects
Remembering some of the objects they handled and saw in the museum during their visit, children could match up an object that they use at home in the kitchen today with the equivalent that would have been used in a 1930s kitchen - How are they the same? How are they different? Which works best? How can you tell which is the old one and which is the new one?
Washing in the past
Children could write a diary account of a day in the life of a child helping their mother with the washing.
Children could write and illustrate a set of instructions on how to do washing in the past using all of the correct vocabulary.
To reinforce the vocabulary used in washing and the processes involved, children could do mimes/role play of the different parts of the process before doing one of these writing tasks, to help jog the memory.
Writing to the museum
The children could write a letter to the museum about one of their favourite objects or favourite parts of the museum, explaining why they chose it as their favourite.