Little Liverpool - early years

The Little Liverpool gallery is a hands-on world especially for children in early years and key stage 1 to play and learn.  Inside the gallery our youngest visitors can create their own Liverpool - a city where they are in charge. Little Liverpool has links to alphabet, buildings, Liverpool and wet play topics. 

The workshop can be booked on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 1.15pm.

Workshop details

This session is facilitated by a member of the Museum of Liverpool's Education team.  Each session is 35 minutes in length, and can accommodate up to 32 children plus adults.

Particular gallery highlights include:

  • Liverpuddles - This water interactive is based on the River Mersey, surrounded by popular landmarks. Children can sail boats, run dinky cars through the tunnels and fish for pretend marine creatures and rubbish.
  • A to Z of objects - Our dock wall features an A to Z of objects chosen by children to represent each letter. Each of these 'letter stations' features an interactive to encourage further investigation and exploration.

Groups may be interested in Winnie the Spider trails, which children can follow around the Museum with adult help. These are available from the Museum's Welcome Desk.

Schools can also book a story bag for a teacher led storytelling session on gallery.

Curriculum links

Early Years Foundation Stage

Communication and language development

  • listen attentively in a range of situations. Give their attention to what others say and respond appropriately, while engaged in other activity.
  • follow instructions involving several ideas or actions.
  • express themselves effectively, showing awareness of listeners' needs.

Personal, social and emotional development

  • confident to try new activities.
  • work as part of a group or class and understand and follow rules.
  • play cooperatively, taking turns with others.

Understanding of the world

  • select and use technology for particular purposes.

Expressive arts and design

  • sing songs, make music and dance.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • understand the river used to be dirty and is now getting cleaner so more creatures are making it their home.
  • learn about the river, boats, buildings and creatures outside the Museum of Liverpool.


  • practise (literacy, sorting, motor, self actualisation) lots of different skills without realizing.


  • appreciate that the environment surrounding the Museum of Liverpool is unique and subject to change.


  • learn to look and care about the world around them.
  • appreciate Little Liverpool is great fun and encourage them to explore the rest of the Museum of Liverpool.
  • find the gallery so exciting they want to return to the Museum of Liverpool.