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Program Flyer: Then and Now: The History of Toys

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Content Provider   The Toy Museum of NY
Contact Information   Marlene Hochman
180 Smith Street, PO Box 25763
Brooklyn, NY  11202
United States
Phone: (718) 243-0820
Program Type   Individual Program
Program Rating     based on 1 evaluation(s).
Target Audience   Education: Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, Grade(s): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult Learners, Public Library: Library Patrons
Maximum Number of Participants   30
Minimum Number of Participants   10
Primary Disciplines   Best Practice, Character Education, Language Arts/English, Literacy, Social Studies/History, Standards, Writing
Program Description   Year round, The Toy Museum of NY celebrates the excitement and positive emotions that toys bring to children and those adults still young at heart. After the tree, the dancers, the ice skating and the window displays, what’s left but the classic toys? At the Toy Museum visitors can see the toys, some of the city’s historical treasures, from the old Fortunoff window display toys and antique porcelain dolls to Howdy Doody classics and vintage toy cars and trains. The program offers your students the chance to get a little glimpse of childhoods past and some good old fashioned fun. Queen Marlene shows the collections of toys in this intimate atmosphere of old family parlor rooms can’t be beat, and makes for a delightful change of pace over the rest of the New York City’s far more boisterous offerings. Marlene Hochman always had dreams of making it on Broadway—encouraged by a childhood filled with singing, dancing, and music lessons—have been, in a way, realized at the Museum, where she performs and educates children 4-6 times a week as the Royal Highness in Queen Marlene’s Toy Theater. Queen Marlene, Hochman’s alter ego, interacts with the audience to tell the tales about the History of Toys. She transforms into Queen Marlene who speaks in a bubbly British accent and is very knowledgeable about every toy in the museum. She relates the history of toys in America and the world while in costume. As for the costumes and jewels, they are fit for a queen. This program will bring a smile to you and your students!
Program Format   The program begins with Queen Marlene explaining why she is the queen of her toy museum and why she is all dressed up. Just like children like to play pretend and dress up, so does Queen Marlene. Her playfulness and humor help to engage and relax the students immediately. She then begins to talk about her toys, showing objects and the toy collection, starting with the oldest dolls from the 1880s and how they relate to history. There is lots of storytelling. This ultimate fun-filled, educational adventure, set in New York’s only toy museum takes the students on a journey from the 1880s -1980s. Queen Marlene guides children on a live interactive trip through her Toy Museum, where kids learn about the importance of play in American history.
Objectives   The participant will learn about toys from long ago. They will see toys from the 1880s -1980s and how they relate to history. The students will be able to talk about their own toys and share experiences of play.
National/Common Core Standards to which this program aligns   Students will develop an understanding of how toys have changed through time. New words will be discussed such as collection, donation and Museum. We cover social studies, language arts and performing arts.
State/Regional Standards to which this program aligns   Social Studies, Critical Thinking, Comprehension
Oral Language Development, Applying Language Skills
Program Length   45 minutes
By Request   This program is available by request ONLY
Program Cost   By Request Cost: $175.00
Program Fee Notes   We prefer a minimal deposit upon reserving the program.
Cancellation Policy   Please advise of cancellation at least five days in advance otherwise a $50 service fee will be applied.
Is recording allowed?   No
Program Delivery Mode(s)   Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Minimum Technology Specifications for sites connecting to this provider   Technical support provide by Video Conferencing and Media Strategies (VCMS). Test call one week before.
IP H323. Prefer school to call the Museum.

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