Toys and History

A brownie box camera
A brownie box camera
Source: Museum Victoria

Melbourne Museum excursion packages have been designed to optimise student learning within a specific content area or theme. Each package provides a suggested program for a fun and interactive day at the museum that also meets specific curriculum outcomes.

In the My Grandmother’s Toybox staff-led session children will have the opportunity to handle toys from an intergenerational toybox with toys that have been handed down through the generations of one family.

The program introduces students to the concept of change and continuity, how life was in the past and how it is different today. The hands-on interactive staff-led session culminates with a scavenger hunt trail of the Melbourne Story exhibition.

Children can then experience the Toy Stories section in the First Peoples exhibition to see how toys and games contribute to learning from early childhood to adult hood. Children will develop empathy and understanding with children from the past.

Students will gain relevant skills for AUSVELS history after this session.

Suitable for Years F - 2

An example itinerary could be:
10am My Grandmother’s Toybox
10.45am Morning Tea
11:00am Melbourne Story exhibition
11:30am First Peoples: Toy Stories
12noon Lunch
1.00pm First Peoples:  Creation and 2000 Generations
1.30pm Milarri and Forest Gallery

Available Terms 1-4, Tuesday-Friday.
Cost: $4.40 per student plus education service fee.

Photograph of a yellow plastic Tyranasaurus Rex