Century of the Child starts with what’s pictured above: Oversized furniture to sit in, indubitably there for you to feel like a kid again. I was swept into a nostalgic trip, with toys from childhood and beyond. Does everyone remember Etch-A-Sketch and Slinky? What about Spirograph and Tomagotchi?
By traveling through the exhibit, you could see how much culture is wrapped up in children’s toys. At times of war, there were tons of Airplanes and Techie looking toys manufactured. When modern style became popular, simple geometric shapes replaced small detailed toys. In countries with strong political messages, those messages were as strong in children’s toys as on Propaganda posters.
My favorite take – away was a case toward the end of the exhibit. It had toys from underprivileged children that they had created themselves from found materials. There was a toy car made from just clothes wire. It’s a great reminder that kids don’t need toys manufactured by the thousands in china. For them, any object is a toy with some imagination.
The interactive installation “Shadow Monsters” by Philip Worthington — was the most fun I’ve ever had with an interactive image! My hands turned into little monsters mouths. BEST SHADOW PUPPET EVER.
I highly recommend this exhibit!