Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander toys and games

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander toys and games

Toys were designed to amuse and educate children, and also to prepare them for adulthood. The toys in our collection were acquired between 1885 and 2018, and are made from various materals.

About Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander toys

Toys were used to amuse, educate and prepare children for adulthood

Competitive games

Some games were quite competitive in group situations

Toys for throwing and target practice

Our collection includes various items that were used both for fun and as training instruments for adult life

Contemporary toys made from recycled materials

Contemporary toys in the collection have been made by modifying found and disused items