This was a great project to do with Year 3 and also Year4&5.
I showed them different works of art that had a toy theme and we discussed what they liked about the pieces.
Then I put out lots of old toys that I had kept in a box. The toys had good strong shapes, colour and were not too complicated.
They used watercolours and pen to draw their toy. Then walked around the classroom looking at all the other childrens work. They gave feedback and by that time their paintings were dry and they cut them out and stuck them on choice of a printed backgrounds (got some London/Manchester/Glasgow scenes from internet). The work was really stunning on display and instead of trying to link to the Victorians or Romans or whatever the project/subject/topic was this was art for art sake. It was relevant, helped with their painting and fine motor skills and what Yr3 pupil doesn’t love toys.