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How has changing technology affected people’s lives? What was life like during your parents’ and grandparents’ childhoods? Find out how people played with toys in the past.

Toys — Then and Now 17:32


  • How many different types of toys can you find at home?
  • Ask a parent or grandparent about how they played with toys differently when they were your age.
  • Draw a picture of a toy from the past and one from the present.

Australian Curriculum links

Year 1 History

Differences and similarities between students' daily lives and life during their parents’ and grandparents’ childhoods (ACHASSK030)

Year 2 History

How changing technology affected people’s lives (at home and in the ways they worked, travelled, communicated and played in the past) (ACHASSK046)

In our collection

Wooden toy shieldA wooden oval-shaped toy shield with a handle made from two sticks which are inserted through holes on the posterior surface.
Sock toy dogA discoloured and stained cream cotton rib sock toy that has a painted face depicting a dog with blue patches around the eyes.
Metal toy stoveA miniature wood burning metal stove standing on four legs, with four burners, and a black chimney pipe at the rear. The oven is painted cream with the edges covered in a lighter grey metal with embossed stud decorations. On the front there is a decorative steel latch that can be opened. The metal handle around the top edge is a...
Toy ball woven from coconut palm leavesA toy ball woven from coconut palm leaves.
Race to the Gold Diggings board gameA boxed board game titled "Race to the Gold Diggings" which contains: a hand coloured lithographic playing board made of eight paper sections mounted on linen, a polygonal twelve sided teetotum or spinning dice (possibly made of bone or ivory?) numbered in red and black inks, three small painted metal, (possibly a tin alloy?) pl...
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