Museum Victoria staff presenting education program for school children

My grandmother's toy box

Museum Staff-led
Terms 3-4, Mon–Thurs
10am, 11.30am & 1pm
30 mins
Year level
Years K-2
Minmum student numbers
Minimum 15 students
Maximum student numbers
Maximum 30 students
$9 per student plus education service fee
Booking information
Bookings (03) 8341 7767

Children identify with Hannah, a storybook character, who unpacks a family trunk full of old toys that have been handed down through the generations. They can identify with playthings from different historical periods.

Hannah’s story introduces students to the concept of change and continuity: how life was in the past and how it is different today. The story connects with families from different periods of Melbourne’s past and shows how every family is part of the broader historical narrative.

A hands-on interactive session that culminates with a scavenger hunt trail of the Melbourne Story exhibition.

Online resources are also available on the Museums Victoria website for before and after activities.

Curriculum links

Historical Concepts and Skills: Foundation - Level 2

  • Sequence significant events about personal and family history to create a chronological narrative (VCHHC053)
  • Identify perspectives about changes to daily life from people in the past or present (VCHHC055
  • Identify examples of continuity and change in family life and in the local area by comparing past and present (VCHHC056)

Historical Knowledge: Foundation - Level 2

  • Differences and similarities between students' daily lives and perspectives of life during their parents’ and grandparents’ childhoods, including family traditions, leisure time and communications (VCHHK061)
  • The effect of changing technology on people’s lives and their perspectives on the significance of that change (VCHHK065)

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