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Exploring the V&A Museum of Childhood’s collection

An interview with Catherine Howell on the history of play

In this video, Catherine Howell, formerly Collections Manager at the V&A Museum of Childhood in London, shares some handmade toys they hold in their collection.

As you watch the video, consider the following questions:

  • What are the most common handmade toys found across cultures?
  • How does the local environment shape the kinds of handmade toys to be found in a particular culture?
  • How did the industrial revolution impact on the production of handmade toys?

Use the comments section below to reflect on these questions, in addition to any other aspects of the video that you found of interest.

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Exploring Play: The Importance of Play in Everyday Life

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