In 1888, games played by children were different to those played today. Toys were handcrafted and many were homemade. Families that relied on a meagre income didn't spend on lavish toys. Children played many imaginary and 'made up' games outdoors.
Victoria and her siblings enjoy playing together under the Moreton Bay fig tree. Although their resources are limited, they invent games and enjoy each other's company.
- Encourage students to recall games they play in the schoolyard and games they play indoors. Create a mindmap of games. Use an online encyclopedia, or search the internet, for a list of traditional games before you commence.
- What are the traditional games children play in the clip?
- What are some traditional games your parents or grandparents have taught you?
- Discuss and list other traditional games. Use the list you created to generate ideas.
Create a comparative table with traditional games on one side and contemporary games on the other. Discuss with the class the differences between traditional and modern games played by children.