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Make Your Own Fun - Leisure Time in Saskatchewan

Program Information

Students will learn how children entertained themselves long ago, and how they used materials at hand to construct simple toys and games. Concepts of 'then and now', 'similarities and differences', and 'the past' are discussed. Both the in-museum Discovery Box and in-classroom lesson plans include explorations of First Nations' leisure time activities.

Grades and Curriculum Connections

Grade 1: Social Studies PA1.1; RW1.2

Historical Thinking Concept: Continuity and Change

*All curriculum links are to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education Curriculum Online

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In-Museum Discovery Box Program

Toys from Make Your Own Fun WDM Discovery BoxThis teacher-led Discovery Box will explore toys and games from Saskatchewan’s past. Comparisons are made between then and now. First Nations' toys and artifacts are included.

Cost: In-museum Discovery Box programs are
$3.00 / student. Pre-booking is required.

Location: This program is available at all WDM locations.

Dates: Please contact the WDM near you.


Book Your Class

Contact a WDM.

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In-Classroom Lesson Plans and Resources 

Three complete in-classroom lesson plans (with material lists, Saskatchewan 'Fast Facts', and additional resources) available FREE in school libraries as part of the Saskatchewan 1905-2005 Guide for Teachers resources book and online.

Download Lesson Plans in English.

Get Adobe ReaderLesson Plans are PDF format and require Adobe Reader to view.

Note: Hard copies of the Saskatchewan 1905-2005 Guide for Teachers are available for $32.95 at any WDM location.

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Research Documents and Resources

Get Adobe ReaderResearch Documents are in PDF format and require Adobe Reader to view.

Aboriginal Leisure in Saskatchewan Focusing on Toys, Games and Pastimes by Duane Turner (SICC)

"Recreation - Then and Now" from the WDM Teacher's Handboook

Electrified Appliances, Circa 1955
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Washing machineTelevision Set, oak cabinetTrue-to-life realism Electric TrainsKenmore Super 30 De Lux Space-Saver Electric RangeCraftsman Handsaw and Saw Table CombinationKenmore hand MixerElectric ironElectric fridge, open to show Freezer Chest10 cu. ft. freezerElectric curling ironFarm Master Separator