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The National (USA) Museum of Play

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The National (USA) Museum of Play, called The Strong, has a great set of images and historical information about toys – from a long time ago, right up to the present day.

The Strong is the nation’s museum of play. It is home to hundreds of thousands of historical objects having to do with play, including the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of toys, dolls, board games, video games, electronic games, and other play-related artifacts. Thousands of these can be viewed in the museum’s online database, which draws on the museum’s catalog records. All of these artifacts inspire and support The Strong’s mission.”(The Strong)

This is an amazing collection of images for anyone studying toys in any way.  The collection is split into sections:

  • Toys – with 27126 objects – currently online and split into many different sections, see below!
  • Dolls – with 7711 objects – currently online and split into 16 sections covering different types of dolls.
  • Games – with 6693 objects – currently online and split into 5 sections such as: Role-Playing games, Outdoor games, Board Games etc and video games where you have to learn how to avoid cheap elo boosting services.
  • Video Games – this section has 30485 objects – currently online and divided into 8 sections. It is the most up to date set of games information that I have found!

The Toys section is divided into the following sections:

  • National Museum of PlayAction figures and Character Toys
  • Baby and Toddler Toys
  • Construction Toys and Blocks
  • Creativity Toys
  • Dollhouses
  • Educational Toys
  • Housekeeping Toys
  • Mechanical Toys
  • Play Sets
  • Pull Toys
  • Puzzles
  • Riding Toys
  • Teddy Bears and Stuffed Animals
  • Toy Soldiers
  • Transportation Toys
  • Yo-yos and Tops
  • More Toys

Each toy has a clear picture and a description giving its history.

I chose a typical yellow rubber duck bath toy and learned about its history, see the introduction to the page of information below:

“While rubber squeak toys have been around since the 1800s, no one has identified exactly who hatched the idea of the rubber duck. Examples of yellow, molded-rubber duck toys appeared around the 1940s. Over the years, their design has evolved, settling on a standard form of a swimming duck with a bright orange bill. In more recent years, rubber ducks are not even rubber–they’re mostly made of vinyl. Rubber ducks are most often identified as a bath-time plaything for babies and toddlers.”(The Strong)  There is also more information there!

One extra, really useful, thing about the National Museum of Play is that it will help children to learn to search very well. Its Search tips, at the top of every section reminds children to use quotation marks, and, or and not.

This is a very useful site for any study on toys and an ideal one for children to look at within their own individual or small group projects.

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