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Palace explorers – My favourite toy

Join our creative, hands-on sessions for 2 to 4-year-olds and their adults.

With an exciting new topic to explore each week, children and their adults will discover the art of play. Sessions will invite children and adults to think about how they play, their favourite toys and the fun activities of the past.

This week: my favourite toy

What is your favourite toy and why? Do you like to share and let others play with it? Bring your favourite toy to the Palace and tell us why it makes you happy! Adults and children share their ideas and experiences about things that make them happy.

Term schedule:

Week 1: 12 & 13 September – My favourite toy

What is your favourite toy and why? Do you like to share and let others play with it? Bring your favourite toy to the Palace and tell us why it makes you happy! Adults and children share their ideas and experiences about things that make them happy.

Week 2: 19 & 20 September – Six black horses

Did you know the Bishop of London used to have six black horses pulling his carriage? What other animals do you think lived at the Palace? Let’s travel back in time and listen to the animal’s stories.

Week 3:  26 & 27 September – Hobbies

Everybody has a hobby – even the bishops and their families! What do you like to do for fun? Together we’ll learn about different types of hobbies and maybe learn a new favourite hobby.

Week 4: 3 & 4 October – Toy soldiers

Did you know the Palace was once a hospital for soldiers? Major Glad and Major Dizzy remember what their time was like in the army and now they’re ready to share their stories with us.

Week 5: 10 & 11 October – Playing by the rules

What games do you think people who lived at the Palace played? Do you think everyone plays by the rules, or are rules made to be broken? Let’s explore different types of games, their rules and maybe even make up a new game to play!

Week 6: 17  & 18 October – Dollhouse

Do you think the Palace would make a good doll house? Together we’ll learn about different types of toys and make our own peg dolls. We’ll explore different areas of the Palace as we play hide and seek with our toys!