Museum Victoria staff presenting education program for school children

My Grandmother's Toy Box

Museum Staff-led
Terms 1 to 4, Monday to Friday
10am, 11am, 12 noon & 1:30pm
30 minutes
Year level
Years K to 2
Minmum student numbers
Minimum 15 students
Maximum student numbers
Maximum 30 students
$9 per student + education service fee
Booking information
Bookings 13 11 02

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.

This story-led and object rich 30-minute program is recommended as an introduction for F-2 groups before visiting the Melbourne Story exhibition. It is also suitable for four year-old kindergarten groups.

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

Victorian Curriculum links

Historical concepts and skills: foundation to 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 to 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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