A colleague and I used this unit on Toys with our Reception classes.
Weeks 1& 2
Look at and discuss the different types of toys children play with.
Ask students to draw and discuss their favourite toy. See them here
Ask the questions: What is a toy? What materials are toys made from?
Look at toy catalogues to investigate what toys are available in stores.
Weeks 3 & 4 - Wind Toys
How do wind toys move?
Compare chosen wind toys to real life machines that use wind power.
Weeks 5, 6 & 7 - Puppets
Focus on Aesop fables (this was our literacy focus this term)
Students are to create a sock puppet of one of the characters from the Aesop fables read.
Weeks 8, 9 & 10 - Visit to the Big Rocking Horse and Toy Factory
Students are to design, make and assess a toy using junk materials.