Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander toys and games

Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander toys and games

The toys in our collection were designed to amuse and educate children, and also to prepare them 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

Toys for young children

Shells and seeds were used to make rattles for young children to play with

Toys for girls

These were used for play as well as a way of learning skills, roles and responsibilities.