Teacher Guide

This unit of work on children’s toys and games uses the digital resources listed below.

My Grandmother's Toy Box is an illustrated storybook about toys kept through several generations of a family. When used in the classroom it provokes discussions among students about what life was like for their parents and grandparents.

Australian Toys is an image gallery of toys from 1810 to 2009, which provides teachers with a flexible teaching resource. It can be used to encourage children to talk about the past in ways that will be relevant to them. Printed images form a valuable aid for collaborative group work. In this way students are able to practise their growing mastery of the vocabulary of time.

Toys Now and Then is an interactive toy timeline. It allows students to make now and then comparisons and to practise using appropriate vocabulary.

These resources focus on key questions identified at Foundation to Year 2 levels of the Australian Curriculum:

  • How can stories of the past be told and shared?
  • How can we show that the present is different from or similar to the past?
  • How do we describe the sequence of time?
  • What aspects of the past can you see today? What do they tell us?
  • How have changes in technology shaped our daily life?

The digital resources provide opportunities for children to pose questions about the past and develop their understanding of the key historical concepts of change and continuity by making comparisons of toys that children have played with over time. The interactive nature of the resources facilitates inquiries where students explore points of view and communicate their understandings. Students bring their own expertise about toys and games to analyse toys from the past.

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