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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Our focus of this week’s MOC Doodle Challenge is this colourful and amusing kettle by postmodernist designer and archite...
08/02/2021

Our focus of this week’s MOC Doodle Challenge is this colourful and amusing kettle by postmodernist designer and architect Michael Graves. Designed as part of The Micky Mouse Gourmet Collection for the Walt Disney Company in 1991, Graves brought together stainless steel and bright moulded plastic to create this bold and playful design. Let’s have a go at illustrating this kettle! To highlight that it is made of multiple materials- try using different papers, tin foil, pens and pencils to replicate the different textures. Feel free to adapt the design to include your favourite cartoon character. Share your design with #MocPicks

Although we can’t get out as much as we would like at the moment… let’s keep moving at home! Our focus of this week’s MO...
31/01/2021

Although we can’t get out as much as we would like at the moment… let’s keep moving at home! Our focus of this week’s MOC Doodle Challenge is this Brio Train Set. Manufactured in Sweden in 1988 set was designed for children aged 3+ and comprises of 3 train carriages on a circular wooden track.

Let’s do some mark making inspired by the circular movement of this iconic design! Place some paper inside a tray and put some ink/paint in small cup. Find and dip a number of circular items in your ink/paint- you could use try marbles, acorns or even a cherry tomato! Place your circular objects on the paper and move them around by tipping the tray in all directions. What different marks can you make? Share your design with #MocPicks.

Our focus of this week’s MOC Doodle Challenge is this paper chair by designer Oki Sato. When making this design, Sato wa...
24/01/2021

Our focus of this week’s MOC Doodle Challenge is this paper chair by designer Oki Sato. When making this design, Sato was interested in re-using materials and decided to make this prototype entirely from wastepaper with no additional core or supports. What other waste materials could we use to create furniture- how about plastic bottles, banana skins or left-over spaghetti? Use pens, pencil or paint to put down your ideas. Share your design with #MocPicks.

21/01/2021

Can anyone remember this iconic pop-inspired stereo system? Designed as a musical pet, it could move around the room and be rearranged. Find out more https://fal.cn/3cSDB

Drip! Drop... is that the patter of rain on the window? Our focus of this week’s MOC Doodle Challenge is this rain inspi...
17/01/2021

Drip! Drop... is that the patter of rain on the window? Our focus of this week’s MOC Doodle Challenge is this rain inspired print by artist David Hockney. As well as using screenprinting and lithograph techniques, Hockney allowed the printing ink to overflow into the paper margins. Using diluted paint or ink have a go at creating your own rain inspired mark making. Drip, spray and splash colour onto a page using different brushes and utensils. Share your design with #MocPicks

We can't wait for Secrets of the Museum to return to BBC Two this Spring. We're looking forward to delving even further ...
13/01/2021

We can't wait for Secrets of the Museum to return to BBC Two this Spring. We're looking forward to delving even further behind the scenes of Victoria and Albert Museum to uncover the lives of the objects. Keep an eye out for some more treasures from the Museum of Childhood... Stay tuned.

Our focus of this week’s MOC Doodle Challenge is this children's plywood elephant chair by Ray and Charles Eames. The de...
11/01/2021

Our focus of this week’s MOC Doodle Challenge is this children's plywood elephant chair by Ray and Charles Eames. The designer brothers were fascinated by elephants and visited both India and circuses to observe them. Inspired by this moulded plywood design- cut, fold and shape paper to create your own elephant, or your favourite animal. Share your design with #MocPicks

Transformer toys can change from everyday machines like cars and lorries into powerful fighting robots.Inspiring the ima...
06/01/2021

Transformer toys can change from everyday machines like cars and lorries into powerful fighting robots.

Inspiring the imagination of both kids and adults, their engineering and design have evolved over the years, encouraging families to explore and learn together. Check out Optimus Prime, an iconic Transformer whose creation inspired cartoons, comic books and films. https://fal.cn/3czye

The focus of this week’s MOC Doodle Challenge is this surreal gilded wooden table with legs and feet shaped like those o...
03/01/2021

The focus of this week’s MOC Doodle Challenge is this surreal gilded wooden table with legs and feet shaped like those of stork. Swiss surrealist, Meret Oppenheim initially designed this table in 1938, showing a prototype in an exhibition of fantasy furniture in Paris. The table was not put into production until 1972 when an Italian firm, Simon International, included the design in a new range. Pick up a pen, pencil or brush and a design your own animal inspired piece of furniture. Share your design with #MocPicks and check out our squirrel inspired chair.

01/01/2021

We're making spiral snake mobiles.

From big to small, why not experiment with creating these springy decorations? Check out our guide and discover what you could make.

31/12/2020

2020 has been quite the rollecoaster. Many things have changed and the Museum of Childhood closed its doors to undergoing a transformation. To usher in 2021, today we celebrate by taking a look back at some of our favourite memories and #MoCPicks that you shared. Thanks so much for all your support this year, and in the times to come!

Special thanks to:
@dawud_marsh
@zahide_tskn
@annemariegalmstrup
@too_many_dollshouses
@laser_witch
@cnditan
@gayby.daddy
@londonandleaptravel

28/12/2020

Throw some shapes!

From stars or diamonds, triangles or squares? What decorations could you create from lollypop sticks?

Watch our guide for inspiration!

Our focus of this week’s MOC Doodle Challenge is this homemade astronaut's helmet, by young Richard Blundel from Maidenh...
27/12/2020

Our focus of this week’s MOC Doodle Challenge is this homemade astronaut's helmet, by young Richard Blundel from Maidenhead in 1969. Inspired by the Space Race of the 1960s, Richard created the helmet with help from his mother, using pages from the Evening Standard, corrugated cardboard and white emulsion. Using left over packaging or wrapping paper have a go at creating your own nights sky inspired costume. Share your design with #MocPicks and check out our example.

25/12/2020
Merry Christmas

#MerryChristmas from everyone at the V&A Museum of Childhood!

Enjoy an online family trail uncovering Christmassy highlights in the V&A collection, from small to big, beautiful and unusual - https://fal.cn/3cqrB

22/12/2020

Looking for ways to bring on the festive cheer?

Why not create your own Christmas snow globe as a fun activity? Imagine winter scenes and create festive characters. What could you make?

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Our focus of this week’s MOC Doodle Challenge is this tranquil, winter themed pri...
20/12/2020

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Our focus of this week’s MOC Doodle Challenge is this tranquil, winter themed print by Yorkshire born artist David Hockney and American master printer Ken Tyler (Gemini GEL studio). Hockney and Tyler made this lithograph/screenprint in 1973 as part of 'The Weather Series', where they were inspired by the representation of weather in Japanese prints.

Let's have a go at producing winter inspired printing stamps! Cut out a design from foam or sponge and stick on to some cardboard packaging. Share your design with #MocPicks and check out our snowflake stamp and printing example.

15/12/2020

Looking for some creative inspiration? Look no further than your surroundings!

Design your own homeware from the objects found around the house. Watch this video to get inspired!- in collaboration with Kristi Minchin.

Our focus of this week’s MOC Doodle Challenge is this vibrant storyteller's box made in 1960 in Rajasthan, North India. ...
13/12/2020

Our focus of this week’s MOC Doodle Challenge is this vibrant storyteller's box made in 1960 in Rajasthan, North India. This portable painted wooden box would have been used by a traditional storyteller(bhat). It has folding flaps and doors and is painted with approx. seventy scenes relating to the Hindu god Vishnu. Have a go at creating your own folded illustrated story. Take a strip of paper and fold it in several places to create flaps. Now pick up a pencil, pen or brush and illustrate a story on different sides of the paper to share with your family and friends. The story could be from your real life or imagination. Share your design with #MocPicks.

Anyone feeling a bit chilly? Take a look at this octagonal brass footwarmer, made in the Netherlands in the 18th century...
06/12/2020

Anyone feeling a bit chilly? Take a look at this octagonal brass footwarmer, made in the Netherlands in the 18th century. Inspired by this innovative design have a go at designing your warming product for this week's MOC Doodle Challenge. First think about where you are feeling cold- feet, hands, head, nose? Now pick up a pencil, pen or brush to showcase your ideas. Share your design with #MocPicks and check out our illustrated ideas.

Earlier this year we asked the nation for children's drawings of 🌈, we were overwhelmed by your response and we are deli...
03/12/2020

Earlier this year we asked the nation for children's drawings of 🌈, we were overwhelmed by your response and we are delighted to open a new large scale installation today at @vamuseum South Kensington.

'All Will Be Well: Children's Rainbows from Lockdown' features over 100 artworks created during the pandemic. Expressing the power and creativity of children. The works will become part of the V&A Museum of Childhood's permanent collection. Find out more https://fal.cn/3bZp4

While our doors are closed and we are transforming the museum, keep up to date on what goes on behind-the-scenes by visi...
01/12/2020

While our doors are closed and we are transforming the museum, keep up to date on what goes on behind-the-scenes by visiting our blog.

Our latest entry by Director of Learning and Creative Skills, Gina Koutsika talks about her work during lockdown including some new exciting projects: https://fal.cn/3bVSe

The focus of this week’s MOC Doodle Challenge is this innovative children's chair by ecoBirdy. The chair is made from mo...
29/11/2020

The focus of this week’s MOC Doodle Challenge is this innovative children's chair by ecoBirdy. The chair is made from moulded yellow recycled plastic fragments, giving it a speckled appearance.
Inspired by ecoBirdy, lets design a chair using recycled materials. Firstly, using materials from your recycling create a textured surface for your design- you could use old envelopes, packaging, or even old doodles. Now draw your chair design over the top of the textured surface. Discuss your design with those around you, imagining it was going to be made into a real chair. What are positives and negatives of your design? How could you improve it? Share your design and ideas with #MocPicks.

24/11/2020
Composite Chair

This chair is composed entirely of found elements – a tractor seat, bent steel gas pipe, wheelchair wheels and bike handles. Created in 1968, its purpose was to illustrate a new design philosophy whereby problems should be approached and solved using existing tools. Find out more: https://fal.cn/3bMBA

The focus of this week’s MOC Doodle Challenge is this portable cassette recorder designed primarily for children by Sony...
22/11/2020

The focus of this week’s MOC Doodle Challenge is this portable cassette recorder designed primarily for children by Sony in 1992. Let's do some drawing to music! Choose three pieces of music, one which is fast, one which is slow and one which makes you feel happy. Inspired by the vibrant primary colours of 'My First Sony', choose a red, blue and yellow pen, pencil or crayon. Choose a colour, close your eyes and draw how the music makes you feel. Drawing all three pieces of music on the same paper, change the track and colour every 30 seconds. Compare your drawings at the end. Share your drawing with #MocPicks and check out our example.

#Didyouknow Trivial Pursuit was created in 1979 by two friends who met to play Scrabble but then realised that there wer...
19/11/2020

#Didyouknow Trivial Pursuit was created in 1979 by two friends who met to play Scrabble but then realised that there were a few pieces missing? They created their own game and the result was Trivial Pursuit. Have you ever created your own board game? What was your inspiration?

As the dark nights draw in, let's bring some light with a MOC Doodle Challenge! This week we are looking at this whimsic...
15/11/2020

As the dark nights draw in, let's bring some light with a MOC Doodle Challenge! This week we are looking at this whimsical candlestick, made from either brass or bronze in Germany in the early 16th century. Let's imagine that candles have been placed in the two nozzles the figure is holding and is casting light around the room. Have a go at drawing the candlestick, but let's focus on light and shade of the object. Use a black pencil to draw the shadows and use a white pencil to draw where light bounces off the shiny metal. Share your drawing with #MocPicks.

Children have always had the tendency to subvert the functions of furniture, either creating hiding places, play spaces ...
13/11/2020

Children have always had the tendency to subvert the functions of furniture, either creating hiding places, play spaces or imagining it as different objects. This chair was designed exclusively for them and combines functionality with play. What would you say it could be turned into? Find out more: https://fal.cn/3byxG

V&A Museum of Childhood
13/11/2020

V&A Museum of Childhood

The 24th of November marks the birthday of one of our dearest teddy bears: Little Tommy Tittlemouse. Created in 1908, he...
11/11/2020

The 24th of November marks the birthday of one of our dearest teddy bears: Little Tommy Tittlemouse. Created in 1908, he is the only bear to receive birthday cards each year from museum visitors! Find out its story and send Tommy a card to celebrate his birthday. You can post directly to the V&A Museum of Childhood.

Learn more: https://fal.cn/3buLG

The focus of this week’s MOC Doodle Challenge are these beautifully painted bird shadow puppets, possibly made in India ...
08/11/2020

The focus of this week’s MOC Doodle Challenge are these beautifully painted bird shadow puppets, possibly made in India between the 1920s -1950s. Inspired by these, let's do some shadow drawing! Bring together some different objects from around the house. Position them in front of a light and cast a shadow onto a piece of paper. What can you create with the shadows- a bird, a tiger, a dragon? Draw over the shadow to bring your creature to life. Share your drawing with #MocPicks and check out our shadow drawing and how we created it.

Happy Halloween!He may look spooky but Count Duckula but never fear is vegetarian! Set in a spooky, Transylvanian castle...
31/10/2020

Happy Halloween!

He may look spooky but Count Duckula but never fear is vegetarian! Set in a spooky, Transylvanian castle, count Duckula lived with his butler Igor and his nanny. The TV series first aired in 1988.#Halloween🦇

Our focus of this week’s doodle challenge is this 1970s Talking View-Master, a toy used to view stereoscopic colour imag...
25/10/2020

Our focus of this week’s doodle challenge is this 1970s Talking View-Master, a toy used to view stereoscopic colour images. We wanted to take this opportunity to celebrate the American industrial designer, Charles "Chuck" Harrison who helped reshape the View-Master design in the late 1950s, making the design lighter, more durable and easier for children to use. A popular theme of View-Master images was travel, displaying pictures of landmarks and sights from all around the world. What's your favourite sight or landmark? Try drawing it and share your design to #MocPicks and see drawing of the Royal Albert Hall.

KA-POW! For this week’s doodle challenge, we are looking at these ceramic mugs designed by Jon Daniel as part of his Afr...
18/10/2020

KA-POW! For this week’s doodle challenge, we are looking at these ceramic mugs designed by Jon Daniel as part of his Afro Supa® Hero collection. Depicting graphic icons of male and female superhero represent and celebrate Africa and the diaspora.

Who is your hero? Try designing them in the same punchy graphic style. Share your design to #MocPicks and swipe through to see our hero, footballer Marcus Rashford - who received an MBE this month for his serves to for services to vulnerable children.

#BlackHistoryMonth

16/10/2020

The world outside may be changing, but you can still get creative this #Halloween.

Why not try out this simple and spooky guide to making a monster costume with just a beanie and some felt fabric? 🎃

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