Cue Card Sample

IELTS Cue Card # 196 - Describe a special toy you had in your childhood

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a special toy you had in your childhood.

You should say:

  • what it was
  • who gave it to you
  • what it looked like

and explain why it was a special toy for you.


Model Answer 1:
If I remember correctly, in my early days as a child, I wasn’t exactly that much interested in playing with toys. Rather, I was interested more in running outside of the home or jumping with other kids. In fact, I had enjoyed the outdoors more than staying at home. But, my parents thought that I would rather spend more time at home, hence the idea of buying many toys for me.

And a special toy that my parents bought for me was a toy car, made of quality plastic, and it was battery-operated. However, when the toy car was initially handed to me, I didn’t really find much use of it nor was I that much interested to learn about how it worked. In fact, I left that toy alone for the first few days.

When I was a young child, my parents did not push me to do something or impose anything on me. But, when they found that I wasn’t playing with my toy, they started to show me how to play with it. They even taught me some tricks about getting the car to make some funny sounds. And, it was at that time when I felt a little interested in that plastic toy car. In fact, I really liked the funny sounds it was making. After that, I started to play with. And it was a multicoloured car, and it was about 6 inch in length. The toy had a little windshield and a driver seat also.  It was a fast toy, and the longer I was playing with that car, the more I liked it.

Anyway, it was a special toy for me because I felt like it gave me the speed inside me that I was looking for. Besides, it was a very strong toy also because even though, I played very rough with it, it didn’t stop working or running. Finally, I consider the toy to be special also because it offered me an opportunity to spend some more quality time with my parents, which I cherish each and every day of my life.


Sample Answer 2:
I remember having many toys in my childhood and in different stages of my childhood I preferred different toys. But among them, the digital artboard was a very special one to me and I played with this special toy for more than 3-4 years as I recall.

This was a gift from my father on the occasion of my 5th or 6th birthday. It looked like a whiteboard which was approximately 14x10 inch in dimension. The screen was white and there were 5-6 buttons to operate the digital artboard. A digital pen or stylus type pen was attached to it for painting. This stylus could be placed on the right side of the board. The board was similar to a middle size notebook and was lightweight.  

I became fascinated with the toy when I first saw it at a superstore. The seller described that I could draw pictures on this board, edit them, save them and reopen the saved pictures anytime I like. There was a built-in memory and it could store up to 10 thousand drawings. He also told that the pen tool makes the painting process easy, and it came with some templates that would help me draw some nice pictures.

At that time I was around 5 or 6 years old and the toy really mesmerised me. I had a hidden desire to own it one day. I wanted to complete different arts, and save them to show to others while also develop my painting skills. Since I had a passion for painting, I thought the toy would be perfect for me. I told my father about my fascination with this toy, and a few days later, he gave me this toy as my birthday gift. I was so speechless when I had it.

This toy was important to me because I have longed for it and that was a special gift from my father. I remember playing with it till I was 8 or 9 years old and I have painted lots of things on it. As a kid, no doubt, that was a fascinating and exciting toy for me.


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