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Wednesdays, Thursdays
9.30 to 10.30 am
11.30 to 12.30 pm
Up to 50 learners
Online, link will be provided
Digital visit
Free, bookings essential

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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: (08) 8207 7239

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.


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.

What is play?

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


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.

How much does using a Digital Resource cost?

All Digital Resources are provided free by the State Library of South Australia and are available for download on the website.
 You are responsible for providing the tools and materials for your activities.

How do I know what to do with or how to use the Digital Resources?

We have provided a Guide for each of the Digital Resources which gives ideas for exploring the concepts and using the tools. 

Do I need to use all the resources?

The resources have been provided as a tool for you in the exploration of the concepts. You are welcome to use those you see as most closely aligning with your teaching plan. 

We would ask that you complete the surveys attached to the Digital Resource you use, to tell us what you found useful. This will enable us to develop the resources further.

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.

Phone: 8207 7239

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

The issue with MS Edge and YouTube video playback is a known issue which Microsoft is supposedly working on.


- Enable Edge Flag "WebRTC Min/Max Video Encode Accelerator dimensions" (it was on Default).
- Disable "Use hardware acceleration when available" from System.
- Switched the Flag back to default.

We suggest you check that your browser is up to date and supported by YouTube >

 OR –  use a different browser. We recommend using Google, Chrome or Safari.

2021 Term 3: 19 July to September 24