Student exploring toys

Exploring Toys

This program is unavailable in 2024 as we trial new options for visiting schools

Prep – Year 2

HASS and Science

Facilitated by museum staff

45 minutes per session, rotations for large groups will require a reset period.

Queensland Museum Kurilpa


$6 per student
Minimum 20 students
Supervising adults free
Minimum 4 adults needed for small role-play component

Exploring Toys is a hands-on experience for students to work as designers and collaborators as they create their own exhibition with toys from the collection.

Program overview

Imagine working in a museum! We ask students to bring their ideas, teamwork and toy expertise to work with real museum collections and create their very own exhibition. This hands-on experience will see your students as problem-solvers, designers, collaborators and critical thinkers. Students classify and investigate toys by observing and describing their physical properties.

In small teams, students will:

  • engage in teamwork through role play to investigate museum practices
  • compare different observable properties such as materials, age, colour, texture, flexibility
  • use real museum objects to develop a (mini) museum exhibition
  • present and describe their exhibition to the group.

Exploring Toys complements the Science and HASS learning areas of the Australian Curriculum: Exploring Toys teacher notes and curriculum links

Learning outcomes

Students will: 
  • recognise concepts of past and present
  • share knowledge about personal and family histories to investigate the past
  • observe and interpret objects to draw conclusions or devise an inquiry about materials, history, technology or energy transfer, etc.
  • identify different materials, processes and technologies used for constructing, manufacturing and operating toys
  • celebrate museum collections and the role of the museum in documenting change

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