General Listening Quiz

“Baby Toys”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate baby toys man – woman 01:05

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are some popular toys for children in these age groups?

  • Infants (0-1 year)
  • Toddlers (1-3 years)
  • Preschoolers (3-5 years)
  • Gradeschoolers (5-12)
  • Teens (12-18)

Idioms

toy with something” = consider an idea or plan.
I’m toying with the idea of traveling to Europe, but I’m not sure I have enough money.”

like a kid with a new toy” = very happy with something
My father is like a kid with a new toy. He can’t stop playing with his new iPhone.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The woman bought the boy _____ toy cars yesterday.

Wait. You bought five toys yesterday, and you bought three more the day before that. I can’t believe you bought another toy today.

The woman found the toy cars _______.

Hey. Look what I bought at the store. Isn’t this toy car cool? It makes all kinds of sounds.

The boy is the woman's ______.

It’s my new toy truck that our grandson and I can enjoy it together.

The woman bought the truck because ______.

It was on sale. We can drive up in the mountains, sleep under the stars, fish, go hiking. You know, bonding time. You don’t look really happy.

The man is worried about ________ of the truck.

Really? Really? You’ll be paying for that truck forever.

Post-Listening Exercise

What was your favorite toy when you were growing up? Who gave it to you? What did you like about it? What happened to it: did you give it to someone else, or did you throw it away?

Online Investigation

What are five of the most famous or influential toys of all time? What made them so popular? In what country did the toy first appear? Was the toy made for boys, girls, or both? Here are two examples. Use the Internet to find more:

  1. The Rubic’s Cube
  2. Barbie