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Toyfair Glasgow

A look at what's on offer at a Glasgow toy fair

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Television rushes/trims of various toys. Shots of toys and dolls; plastic push cars; boxes of sleeping bradgate dolls; kits of model aircraft; BOAC plane push car. Shop owner. Small tricycle; automata, a monkey that squeaks; counter leader; toy band; "Big Mouth Singers" toy keyboard; doll which cries when its dummy is removed, stopping immediately when replaced; radio controlled toy tanks; "Raving Bonkers Fighting Robots"; red and blue plastic "boxers". Microscope and cosmetikit "Create your own quality cosmetics"; Battery operated "Easi Rider" bike; "Jack Nicklaus" golf toy; Jack in the box.

Questions & Activities


  • What is your favourite toy from the clip?
  • Why did you like it?
  • Does anything surprise you about the clip?
  • What toys can you see in the clip?
  • When do you think this clip was made?
  • How expensive do you think these toys would have been.
  • Why do people buy toys before Christmas and what pressure is there to do this?


English / Media Studies: Create a horror story or film set in a toy fair.

English / Literacy: Choose some of the toys and create a story around them.

Art and Design / Expressive Arts: Design and create packaging and a name for a particular toy.

Social Studies: Interview an older person and find out what toys they had and the games they played as a child.

Literacy: List all the presents you received for your birthday/Christmas.

Modern Studies / Media Studies: Discuss how the availability of credit and advertising affected the purchase of toys.

Art and Design: Make your own toy.

Mathematics: Bring in an catalogue with a toy section. Provide a budget of £200 for a family of four. Using one catalogue per group, budget for buying presents for all the family for Christmas.

Clip Details

Record Id 007-000-002-551-C
Resource Rights Holder Courtesy of Scottish Television
Project Ref T1037
Date 1971
Genre TV News
School Subject Art and Design, English, Mathematics, Media Studies, Modern Studies, Social Studies, Technologies
Subject Matter Literacy, Toys
Who Scottish Television (producer / broadcaster)
Where Glasgow
Attributes Colour, Sound
Clip Length 4:08
Film Length 4:08