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Up to 50 learners
Online, link will be provided
Digital visit
Free, no bookings required
About the presenter

Hosted by Maureen Facilitated by Leisel or Sharon

For any questions regarding the event, please reach out to the Community Learning Team:
Phone: 7424 6121

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.

Many elements of this program have been created in partnership with children to provide relevant learning experiences that effectively engage young learners.

Key inquiry questions

  • What is play and why do people play?
  • How is the present different from and similar to the past?

Links with the Australian Curriculum

  • The learning experiences are aligned with the Australian Curriculum, with a particular emphasis on the learning area of Humanities and Social Sciences: History and the general capabilities of literacy, critical and creative thinking.
  • Effective Learning principles strongly underpin the learning design.

Pre-Visit package


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.

Welcome to the State Library of South Australia with Auslan (for Foundation to year 6 school students)


Please assist us by completing the surveys after you have completed your Digital Visit.

Educator Survey

Learner Survey

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.

Universal games (includes Auslan)

What is play?

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

Watch South Australian school children talking about what play means to them. This video relates to an exhibition held in 2016: Play - objects of play from the collections of the State Library of South Australia.

see also: A Playful past- digital resources

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

What is the cost of a Digital Visit? 

All State Library Digital Visits are provided free of charge.

Any additional tools and materials required for the session are outlined in the Information for Educator document in the Pre-visit Package on the website.

General information

With most Digital Visits there are accompanying Digital Resources that are provided along with a Guide for deeper learning. Access Guides for each Digital Resource from the program page on the Library website.

What Pre-visit information will we receive?

A confirmation email will be sent from Eventbrite to the person that booked the Digital Visit.

This email will point to a Pre-visit Package that contains Information for the Educator and Information for Accompanying Adults  on the Description tab for each program.
The booking contact person is required to distribute to all the attending educators and accompanying adults associated with the program.

A calendar meeting invitation will also be sent to the contact person and educators listed, closer to the date, with Pre-visit Package documents attached.

Where might I find further resources?

Visit the More to Explore tab on the website page of the program to find further resources and relevant links.

What technology is required for a digital visit?

The SA Government recommended online platform is Microsoft Teams. You will be emailed a link that enables your Digital Visit to be opened in the MS Teams DESKTOP app.

To ensure full functionality of this multimedia-rich session, we recommend that you download Microsoft Teams App to your device rather than relying on Teams via a web browser. 

Participants will require internet access, a web camera, microphone and speakers.

Information, Communications and Technology (ICT)  protocols will be highlighted with all participants at the start of the Digital Visit to ensure safety, access and participation is managed effectively.

Please email us prior to your Digital Visit if you have additional questions regarding ICT requirements.

How can I provide feedback?

We value your feedback and invite you to complete the short surveys attached to the Digital Visit you attend. This will enable us to further develop the programs.

Playful Past Digital Resource - Clockwork Beetle CLRCR i1584642
  • Digital resource

A Playful Past
Digital resource

Access Digital Resources to discover stories about play and explore the historical toys and games from the State Library’s collections. 

Rabbit fur koala CLRCR  i22543752
  • Digital resource

My History
Digital resource

Access Digital Resources of your State Library to support inquiry into how personal histories and memories can be kept and shared.

Bob the Railway Dog-My Community
  • Digital resource

My community
Digital resource

This Digital Resource invites learners to explore their own community through engagement with State Library resources.