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My grandmother's toy box


Years K-2
Terms 1-4
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Minimum 15 students
Maximum 30 students

English, The Humanities

School programs and resources

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 available on the Museums Victoria Learning Lab website for before and after activities.

Curriculum links

Humanities Foundation to Level 2