We had a group of Grade One and Kindergarten children tour our museum this spring. One of the popular artifacts was the typewriter.
They had absolutely no idea what it was. They could make the connection of the QUERTY keyboard and a computer keyboard. After that they had no clue. Once they realized that the keys could be pushed to produce a letter on the paper directly without pushing 'print', they were lining up to have a go at it.
Interesting how just a few years has relegated the once popular tool to obscurity.
The hands on activities were definitely a hit with this age group. Trying to think up other similar activities that are safe, educational, and relatively inexpensive to design is a challenge.
I'll think on it over the winter.