Outreach Toolkit - Resources (Activity Library)


PAS Snap! To play the simple version, print the whole set of cards out twice so that you have two copies of each object. Then play in the normal way. For a more complicated version that gets kids to look at the materials or the time periods etc. print the set out once and your Snap! will be objects made of the same material, or of the same type of object etc. [EDITED to include the correct file]

PAS Snap.pdf (1.3 MB)


Are you aware that the strap end at the end of the Snap game doesn’t have a material type but a PAS ref instead?


Nope! I will amend that now - thanks!


Curate Your Own Shoebox Museum - this is something I’ve seen other organisations do but it could work for PAS. All it requires is a shoebox and printed images of objects from the database, plus some craft materials.

Concepts to think about:

  • What makes an object important enough to go on display in a museum?
  • Why do we display objects in a museum?
  • Which objects from the PAS database do you think should go on display and why?
    Which object from your own life would you choose to put into a museum for future people to see?


PAS Ice-breaker Activities

Ice-breakers can be a good way to get groups warmed up and engaged, as long as they are not too arduous. Some people do not like being put on the spot so it can be a good idea to ask people to think of things ahead of the session.

  1. Whose object is it?
    Ask participants to bring in a small object to the session and people have to work out which object belongs to which person.
  2. Artefact analysis ice-breaker
    Show the group an object from the database and ask them to Describe (only what they can see). Then Interpret (how it would be used, by who, and why)… Finally, Evaluate (what does the object say about the person who used it?). You could also do this activity using objects that people have brought in themselves, to make it more personal/engaging.
  3. Artefact Description Game
    Describe an object from the database, without saying what it is, and everyone else has to try and draw it.
  4. Higher or Lower
    Take a selection of images of objects from the database and participants have to say whether the next object is older or younger than the previous one. Alternatively, you could do a simple timeline activity where people have to put the objects in chronological order.

I’m sure there are many many more ice-breakers too so please add your own below.