V&A Museum of Childhood

V&A Museum of Childhood The V&A Museum of Childhood houses the nation's collection of childhood-related objects. Spanning the 16th to 21st centuries, the collection features toys, dolls, dolls' houses, games, puppets, nursery, children's clothing and furniture.
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Happy #InternationalDogDay. Let's have a round of app-paws for the cutest canines in our collection. Which is your favou...
26/08/2020

Happy #InternationalDogDay. Let's have a round of app-paws for the cutest canines in our collection. Which is your favourite?
🦮🐕‍🦺🐕🐩

Get ready for this week's doodle challenge. This week we are playing with scale. Find the biggest piece of paper or surf...
23/08/2020

Get ready for this week's doodle challenge. This week we are playing with scale. Find the biggest piece of paper or surface you have (newspaper, old wrapping paper, pavement outside) and grab your pens, pencils or chalks. Zoom in on one of these tiny Stargard action figures and reimagine it 50 times bigger! Share your doodle to #MocPicks

Raaaah! Our focus this week’s doodle challenge are these bold printed animal Playsacks by Fredun Shapur. Shapur designed...
17/08/2020

Raaaah! Our focus this week’s doodle challenge are these bold printed animal Playsacks by Fredun Shapur. Shapur designed the paper Playsacks when his children were in need of a last-minute costume for a school event. Share your design to #MocPicks.

The Toy Story franchise brought toys to life in a way that inspired endless imagination to infinity and beyond... True o...
14/08/2020

The Toy Story franchise brought toys to life in a way that inspired endless imagination to infinity and beyond...

True or False: Buzz Lightyear and the Lots-O-Huggin' Bear (from Toy Story 3) were real toys that existed long before the films were made.

Answers later

Get your pencils ready for this week's doodle challenge. This week's focus is this beautiful 1960s toy polar bear. Chang...
09/08/2020

Get your pencils ready for this week's doodle challenge. This week's focus is this beautiful 1960s toy polar bear. Change it up and try using white pencil on coloured paper. This ceramic polar bear is very smooth- can you add some texture? Is it fluffy, bristly, wet or dry? How can you show these textures through your mark making? Share your doodle to #MocPicks and swipe through to see our doodle.

EXTERMINATE! All the way from the planet Skaro, the Daleks first came onto our screen in December 1963. Get out from beh...
03/08/2020

EXTERMINATE! All the way from the planet Skaro, the Daleks first came onto our screen in December 1963. Get out from behind the sofa and take part in this week's doodle challenge.
Why not take your pencil for walk and try out a continuous line drawing?

Try not to take your pen or pencil off the page until the very end. Share your doodle to #MocPicks and swipe through to see our doodle.

31/07/2020

Shapes make up everything, have a look at the 3 different animals that have been made from the same shapes! Have a go at seeing what pictures you can make, use our shapes or draw your own!

23/07/2020

How do you make a print? It's quick, easy, simple and super fun! Just check out our guide...

Hands up if you are ready for this week's doodle club challenge ✋Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon, this week we want ...
19/07/2020

Hands up if you are ready for this week's doodle club challenge ✋

Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon, this week we want you to tackle this terracotta cat.

See our go and share your doodles to #MoCPicks

This week's doodle club challenge involves one of the museum's most beloved toys. We'd love to see you draw Pumpie the E...
12/07/2020

This week's doodle club challenge involves one of the museum's most beloved toys.

We'd love to see you draw Pumpie the Elephant 🐘. Get your pens and pencils at the ready, and don't forget to share your doodles to #MoCPicks

Since their creation in the early 18th century, jigsaw puzzles have been an endless source of fun for all. With this eas...
08/07/2020

Since their creation in the early 18th century, jigsaw puzzles have been an endless source of fun for all.

With this easy guide you can make your own, explore more here: https://fal.cn/392yr

🎨🖌✏️ at the ready, it's time to giddy up for this week's Doodle Club. We would like you to have a go at doodling this ho...
05/07/2020

🎨🖌✏️ at the ready, it's time to giddy up for this week's Doodle Club.

We would like you to have a go at doodling this horse marionette. Don't forget to share to #MoCPicks

Show of hands, who had a Care Bear? From passing on luck to spreading joy, each bear had a superpower for the purpose of...
02/07/2020

Show of hands, who had a Care Bear? From passing on luck to spreading joy, each bear had a superpower for the purpose of good.

Children often imagine that they have superpowers, what's the craziest one you've heard of?

This week's doodle club challenge is inspired by a very special helicopter. This toy was made from scraps of metal and w...
28/06/2020

This week's doodle club challenge is inspired by a very special helicopter. This toy was made from scraps of metal and wire by South African children in the early 1990s and is a brilliant example of creative recycling by children.

Pencils at the ready, it's time for you to have your go. Swipe through to see our attempt.

Where am I from? This quiz is a picture that shows parts from 9 different popular board games - can you name them all?
24/06/2020

Where am I from?

This quiz is a picture that shows parts from 9 different popular board games - can you name them all?

Happy Father's Day!Celebrating the day with these heartwarming photos by John Heywood depicting fatherhood in all its fo...
21/06/2020

Happy Father's Day!

Celebrating the day with these heartwarming photos by John Heywood depicting fatherhood in all its forms.

It is #refugeeweek2020 and we’re reflecting on the theme #imagine with Kazzum Arts Kubes Playful Theatre in Unusual Plac...
18/06/2020

It is #refugeeweek2020 and we’re reflecting on the theme #imagine with Kazzum Arts Kubes Playful Theatre in Unusual Places.
This interactive installation (marble floor) was created with young refugees and asylum seekers from Shrepsa, Young Roots, Refugee Council, Caras and Brighter Futures.

#refugeeweek2020 #refugeeswelcome

Pencils, pens and paints at the ready...🎨🖌✏️This week's Doodle Club is quite the challenge. We would like you to have a ...
13/06/2020

Pencils, pens and paints at the ready...🎨🖌✏️

This week's Doodle Club is quite the challenge. We would like you to have a go at creating this Javanese Shadow Puppet, this figure
is the wise king Kresna, the guide and mentor of the Pandawa
brothers in the Mahabharata.

We stand in solidarity with all those rejecting racism, social injustice and violence. The V&A exists to champion storie...
05/06/2020

We stand in solidarity with all those rejecting racism, social injustice and violence. The V&A exists to champion stories of creativity across cultures, communities and histories. Reflecting on our position as a global institution, we must take this moment to ask the important questions about how we can change. We have a responsibility to our black and minority employees, members, visitors, followers and artistic community to better amplify and showcase their perspectives and are committed to doing so. Read Director Tristram Hunt’s thoughts here on how we will address this. https://fal.cn/38sXr

© Syd Shelton / Autograph ABP
Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund

Pencils at the ready for the next doodle 🎨✏️This week's doodle is a bit of a challenge. We want to see you have a go at ...
31/05/2020

Pencils at the ready for the next doodle 🎨✏️

This week's doodle is a bit of a challenge. We want to see you have a go at creating this cheeky 'Hansel' of the children's story 'Hansel and Gretel' Marionette.

As always share your pictures to #MoCPicks

29/05/2020

It's time to get lost in a story...

Inspired by the Rachel Whiteread's beloved installation dollshouse 'The Village', our activity assistant Alison has written a tale perfect for storytime. 'The Floating House' invites us to think about how we stay connected.

Special thanks to fellow activity assistant Helen for the illustrations.

Watch now.

Both so cute, both so cuddly, but which came first? Rupert Bear and Winnie The Pooh are both staples of childhood. Which...
27/05/2020

Both so cute, both so cuddly, but which came first?

Rupert Bear and Winnie The Pooh are both staples of childhood. Which of these characters were created first.

Pencils at the the ready, for this week's doodle club challenge! This week we want you to try your hand at this hand pup...
24/05/2020

Pencils at the the ready, for this week's doodle club challenge!

This week we want you to try your hand at this hand puppet sheep, which was part of iconic 1950s kids TV show Whirligig

Share your doodles to #MocPicks and check out our doodle

We asked for your 🌈 and you didn't disappoint!We've loved seeing your home made signs showing your messages of support a...
23/05/2020

We asked for your 🌈 and you didn't disappoint!

We've loved seeing your home made signs showing your messages of support and hope, check out some of the signs you have sent in.

Want to take part? Why not share your signs to #Homemadesigns or email us at [email protected]

Read more: https://fal.cn/38fJ1

Hailing from the planet Cybertron, Transformers,, dominated the toy market in the 80s to bring creative play to children...
19/05/2020

Hailing from the planet Cybertron, Transformers,, dominated the toy market in the 80s to bring creative play to children both big and small.

Can you guess what insect does this Transformer turn into? Answer revealed at 5pm

Are you ready for this week's Doodle Club challenge? 🎨We want you to draw this delightful donkey (so cute!). Check out o...
17/05/2020

Are you ready for this week's Doodle Club challenge? 🎨

We want you to draw this delightful donkey (so cute!).

Check out our attempt, and don't forget to share your doodles with us using #MoCPicks!"

15/05/2020

Looking for ways to get creative during lockdown whilst using things from around the house? Why not try to create your own Dolls House out of shoe boxes?

Thanks for @fourlittlewalls for the guide.

12/05/2020

🌈Have you heard the news? We need your rainbows!

During social distancing, home made signs with rainbows are being used as a symbol to show support and hope. We are looking to collect some of these signs as a snapshot of of children’s voice and creativity with our society during a time of adversity. The acquired signs will join over 40,000 child-related objects in the V&A’s collection.

Get involved, share your masterpieces to #homemadesigns your or email [email protected]
Read more: https://fal.cn/381JP

09/05/2020

Where can you find🐯🐱🦁? On TV, on safari and in our collection of course! Join Museum of Childhood curator, Will Newton lists his top three big cats and cool kittens in our collection. Do you have a favourite?

Have the moon and stars at your fingertips in 5 easy steps. In celebration of the month of Ramadan and our partnership w...
06/05/2020

Have the moon and stars at your fingertips in 5 easy steps. In celebration of the month of Ramadan and our partnership with Open Iftar, make your own mobile.
https://fal.cn/37ViG
#MyOpenIftar

#MayThe4th be with you...When #StarWars debuted from a galaxy far, far away in the late 1970s, it changed the toy indust...
04/05/2020

#MayThe4th be with you...

When #StarWars debuted from a galaxy far, far away in the late 1970s, it changed the toy industry forever, inspiring generations of kids to imagine adventures and create new worlds. This LEGO Death Star is an example of imaginative play.
#StarWarsDay

03/05/2020

🎶Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle…🎶

We’ve allowed ourselves to be playful with 1900s illustration. The author specialised in ‘movable books’ with a series of different mechanisms.

Are you ready for our next rib-bit-ing Doodle Club pick? 🐸. This week we've choosen this cute mechanical frog. Swipe thr...
29/04/2020

Are you ready for our next rib-bit-ing Doodle Club pick? 🐸. This week we've choosen this cute mechanical frog. Swipe through to see our doodle, be sure to share with us yours to #MoCPicks

With the warmer weather coming, we miss days out at the beach with the whole family 🏖.  Hopefully it will be soon! This ...
25/04/2020

With the warmer weather coming, we miss days out at the beach with the whole family 🏖. Hopefully it will be soon! This illustration, made in 1910, gives us a real sense of freedom and fun. And the beachwear 👌
#summervibes

On The Beach, by Arthur Rackham, from a Book of Pictures by the illustrator himself. England, 1910

22/04/2020
Punch and Judy

📺Time for another edition of ‘make your own telly!’🎉
Nothing good to watch? There are lots of ways to make your own show.

Puppet show on stage
1. Find a big cardboard box (about as wide, tall and deep as your arm length)
2. Carefully cut a square hole in one side leaving about 5cm of card around the edge. This is the front of the stage! Ask for help if you need it.
3. Carefully cut another hole in the bottom of the box where you can reach through to hold your puppets! If you’d like to use marionettes, cut this hole in the top in stead.
4. Decorate your stage using all the craft things you can find. Make curtains from paper or fabric, and create props and a set from the card you cut out when you made the holes!
5. Create puppets using socks, pop-sticks, pompoms and anything else you can find.
6. Invite your family to come and watch your show!

Address

Cambridge Heath Road
London
E2 9PA

Tube: Bethnal Green, Central Line, Zone 2 2 minute walk Bus: D6, 106, 254, 309 and 388 stop outside 8, 26, 55 and 48 stop nearby Rail: Cambridge Heath 5-10 minute walk Bethnal Green 5-10 minute walk Drop-off point and parking for two coaches on Cambridge Heath Road Free parking can be arranged for visitors with specific access needs

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:45
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:45
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:45
Thursday 10:00 - 17:45
Friday 10:00 - 17:45
Saturday 10:00 - 17:45
Sunday 10:00 - 17:45

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