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Digital resource
Free, no bookings required
For any questions regarding the event, please reach out to the Community Learning Team:
Phone: 7424 6121

We are offering digital resources designed to support learning and inquiry into play and the toys and games of the past, accessing the rich collections held safely at the State Library of South Australia. It promotes exploration of similarities and differences in children’s toys and games across cultures and moments in history. 

Through a variety of multimedia assets, learners will explore the concept of play and why people play. They will study images of historical toys and games from the State Library’s Children’s Literature Research Collection and learn more about the role of their State Library in collecting, preserving and sharing the histories and stories of South Australia. 

Key inquiry questions 

  • What is play? 
  • Why do people play? 
  • How is the present different from and similar to the past? 
  • How do we describe the sequence of time? 

Links with the Australian Curriculum

The learning experiences are aligned with the Australian Curriculum for schools, with a particular emphasis on the learning area of Humanities and Social Sciences: History, Information Literacy skills and the general capabilities of critical and creative thinking.  

Effective Learning principles strongly underpin the learning design. 

Elements of this resource have been co-designed in partnership with children to provide relevant learning experiences that effectively engage young learners.  

View the digital resources


View the State Library's  Digital Collections website for toys and games that form part of the Children’s Literature Research Collection.

What is Play?

View South Australian school children talking about what play means to them 


Universal Games
View South Australian school children talking about games that are played throughout the world such as spinning games, knucklebones, drawing and nature play, and string games  


Welcome to the State Library 
The following welcome video is for young learners and educators. It provides an overview of the role of the State Library of South Australia in collecting, preserving and sharing the stories of the state. Take a behind-the-scenes glimpse into some of the areas in the library and the work that we do. 


Please assist us by completing the appropriate survey after you have used our digital resources.


Interested in more of our DIGITISED ONLINE RESOURCES?
Have a look at our Digital Collections under the Toys and Games theme.

Search the South Australian Museum website to learn about First Nations toys and games.

Article 31 - The United Nations Convention on the rights of the child.

What is the cost of using a Digital Resource?

All State Library Digital Resources are provided free of charge.

Any additional tools and materials to complement the experience are provided by the school.

General Information

Access Guides for each Digital Resource from the program page on the Library website 

How do I use the Digital Resource?

We have provided a Guide for each of the Digital Resources which outlines curriculum links and learning processes and resources. These ideas can be adopted, adapted or used as a springboard to  innovate and develop our own program.

What can I do if the videos don't work?

We recommend using browsers Chrome, Edge or Safari

How can I provide feedback?

We value your feedback and invite you to complete the short survey linked through the QR code on the Guide for your Digital Resource. This will enable us to further develop programs.

Is there someone I can speak to about the resources if I need assistance?

For any questions regarding the resources, please reach out to the Community Learning Team.