toy kayak with figure paddling

Inuit toy kayak with doll holding double paddle in hands, collected Alaska, acquired by the Museum 1976. Kayak is oiled animal skin over wooden frame, spear lashed to boat; doll has a leather face and felt body. Autry Museum; 2124.G.14

A Playful Past Present and Future

Resource Type
Grade Level:
Social Studies
Games and Toys, Nature

Self-Paced Lesson

Students will learn how toys and games have changed and remained the same over time by thinking about their favorite toys and games, looking at toys and games from the Autry Museum's collection, and creating their own toys and games.


CA HSS: 1.4
CA HSS: 2.1

Lesson and Resources

Lesson: A Playful Past Present and FutureSpanish

Fillable Student Response Sheet: A Playful Past Present and Future Student Response Sheet; Spanish

Associated Education Resources

Teaching Tips for Different Learning Environments 

Whole Class In-Person Learning: Students complete Part 1 and bring in toy/game for show and tell. Cut out pictures and hand out to students. Read descriptions of toy/game and have students stand up and show the toy/game picture.

Whole Class Distance Learning: Students show picture of their toy/game on distance learning platform. Teacher projects pictures of the toys/games in Part 2, reads descriptions and has students say which toy/game is being described.

Educational Programs at the Autry are sponsored by:

Dean and Laura Beresford · Molly and Neal Brockmeyer · Vince and Colleen Caballero · Capital Group · David F. Eisenberg · The Georgina-Fredrick Children's Foundation · Christy McAvoy · Marleen and Bruce Rognlien · Robert E. Ronus · Brenda and Gary Ruttenberg · The Steinmetz Foundation · Virginia F. Stevenson · Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation

Land Acknowledgment

The Autry Museum of American West acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). We recognize that the Autry Museum and its campuses are located on the traditional lands of Gabrielino/Tongva peoples and we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

The Autry Museum in Griffith Park

4700 Western Heritage Way

Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462
Located northeast of downtown, across from the Los Angeles Zoo.
Map and Directions

Free parking for Autry visitors.

Tuesday–Friday 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Food Trucks are available on select days, contact us for details at 323.495.4252.
The cafe is temporarily closed until further notice.