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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A horse? A bull? What do you see? 🤔The 'Mico seat' challenges traditional ideas of a chair through its fun and abstract ...
23/09/2021

A horse? A bull? What do you see? 🤔

The 'Mico seat' challenges traditional ideas of a chair through its fun and abstract design, encouraging playful exploration.

Roar! 🐯For this week's MOC Doodle Challenge we are looking at how animals move. Firstly, take a look at this toy tiger m...
19/09/2021

Roar! 🐯

For this week's MOC Doodle Challenge we are looking at how animals move. Firstly, take a look at this toy tiger made in India between 1980-89. Made of papier-mache the tiger's head is detachable from his body. It has metal hooks which fit on a metal rod in the neck opening, and a weight attached on one end of the head causes it to nod. Now find your favourite animal in the V&A's collection and think about how it would jump, sliver, pounce or gallop.

Use pens, pencils or paint to bring the animal to life and share your design with us using #MocPicks. See our example!

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Happy Roald Dahl day! 🎉Today we’re celebrating 105 years of the wonderful storyteller and his timeless literary characte...
13/09/2021

Happy Roald Dahl day! 🎉

Today we’re celebrating 105 years of the wonderful storyteller and his timeless literary characters. Like this poster for a stage production of Matilda, illustrated by Quentin Blake.

Which of his stories was your favourite growing up?

Happy Roald Dahl day! 🎉

Today we’re celebrating 105 years of the wonderful storyteller and his timeless literary characters. Like this poster for a stage production of Matilda, illustrated by Quentin Blake.

Which of his stories was your favourite growing up?

Feeling hungry?....For this week's MOC Doodle Challenge we are thinking about food! Firstly, take a look at this 'Sack-O...
06/09/2021

Feeling hungry?....For this week's MOC Doodle Challenge we are thinking about food! Firstly, take a look at this 'Sack-O-Sauce' print by Scottish artist Eduardo Paolozzi published in 1972. Made by mixing screenprinting, lithography and collage, this design includes a hand holding a jar of hotdogs, Mickey Mouse and colourful abstract shapes. Inspired by Paolozzi, create a design of your favourite food using a mix of different creative techniques. Try out drawing, painting, collage, paper cutting or photography. Share your design with us using #MocPicks and swipe through to see our pizza inspired example.

Anyone for a biscuit? 🍪☕Take a look through these gorgeous decorative biscuit tins. The most intricate designs were prod...
01/09/2021

Anyone for a biscuit? 🍪☕

Take a look through these gorgeous decorative biscuit tins. The most intricate designs were produced in the early years of the 20th century, prior to the First World War when the process of offset lithography allowed multicoloured images to be printed onto tin.

For this week's MOC Doodle Challenge we are exploring the ocean. Firstly, take a look at this blue- green cosmetic tray ...
30/08/2021

For this week's MOC Doodle Challenge we are exploring the ocean. Firstly, take a look at this blue- green cosmetic tray made in Egypt around 1550BC-1077BC. In the form of a tilapia fish, this tray would have been used to hold cosmetic powder. How could you redesign an object from your house to take on the shape of a creature from under the sea? Maybe a crab kettle, a jellyfish jewellery box or shark sofa? Use pens, pencils or paint to show others your ideas. Share your design with us using #MocPicks and swipe through to see our octopus candelabra example.

This week is the final episode of #secretsofthemuseum, have you been watching?Tune in tonight at 9pm on @BBCTwo as we lo...
24/08/2021

This week is the final episode of #secretsofthemuseum, have you been watching?

Tune in tonight at 9pm on @BBCTwo as we look back to our display of rainbows made by children during the first lockdown in 2020.

(We received over 1,000 submissions!)

Who else has been watching #secretsofthemuseum on @BBCTwo? This week’s episode explored The Nuremberg Dolls' House, the ...
18/08/2021

Who else has been watching #secretsofthemuseum on @BBCTwo?

This week’s episode explored The Nuremberg Dolls' House, the oldest dolls' house in our collection! Dating back to 1673 it offers us a unique insight into family life at the time.

Take a peek inside….

For this week's MOC Doodle Challenge we are thinking about alternative materials for objects to play with their function...
15/08/2021

For this week's MOC Doodle Challenge we are thinking about alternative materials for objects to play with their function. Have a look at 'Form', a teapot shaped ceramic by Canadian artist Léopold Foulem. Foulem created the base of this work using chicken wire. He then dipped it in ceramic slip, a type of liquid clay and fired in a kiln it to make it hard. While creating a traditional teapot shape, the holes of the chicken wire make the object unable to hold liquid. How else might we play with traditional designs by using alternative materials? How about a chocolate hot water bottle, a glass football or wellies made from newspaper? What will you redesign? Share your design with us using #MocPicks and swipe through to see our example.

Just roll with it….This Schaukelwagen chair from 1950 is innovatively designed to be used as a toy car or a rocking chai...
11/08/2021

Just roll with it….

This Schaukelwagen chair from 1950 is innovatively designed to be used as a toy car or a rocking chair, you just flip it upside down! Combining functionality with playtime.

Yaaa....Shiver me timbers! For this week's MOC Doodle Challenge we are pretending to be pirates. Firstly, take a look at...
08/08/2021

Yaaa....Shiver me timbers! For this week's MOC Doodle Challenge we are pretending to be pirates. Firstly, take a look at these puppets made by British author and illustrator Hulme Beaman between 1920-1930. Made primarily out of wood with a card covering at the sides and lead feet. The arms, legs and feet are articulated by the means of metal pins. Beaman created these puppets for scene setting prior to writing his stories and plays. What do you think each pirate puppet would be saying? Who is the captain? Now have a go at drawing yourself as a pirate! Use pens, pencils or paint design your own pirate clothing, flags, parrots and treasure. Tell others about your pirate character and the adventures they would have. Share your design with us using #MocPicks and swipe through to see our example.

This little piano can play you a tune, but not in the way you would expect…🎵It’s a music box! Made with a musical clockw...
05/08/2021

This little piano can play you a tune, but not in the way you would expect…🎵

It’s a music box! Made with a musical clockwork mechanism underneath its top, it gives the illusion the keys are playing whenever the mechanism is operating.

This little piano can play you a tune, but not in the way you would expect…🎵

It’s a music box! Made with a musical clockwork mechanism underneath its top, it gives the illusion the keys are playing whenever the mechanism is operating.

For this week's Doodle Challenge we are casting shadows! Firstly, take a look at this shadow puppet of an elegant lady m...
01/08/2021

For this week's Doodle Challenge we are casting shadows! Firstly, take a look at this shadow puppet of an elegant lady made around 1900 probably in the Chinese province of Sichuan. Chinese shadow puppetry is said to be over 2000 years old. Its Chinese name 'pi ying' means 'shadow of hides' since the puppets were traditionally made from the donkey or ox hide.

Have a go at creating your own shadow puppet taking inspiration from figures and animals from the V&A collection. Use paper or card to create your design and use a light to cast a shadow. Put on music, sing or create some sound to put on a show for your friends or family. Share your design with us using #MocPicks

Today marks the 155th birthday of children’s author and illustrator Beatrix Potter! 🎉Inspired by the natural world aroun...
28/07/2021

Today marks the 155th birthday of children’s author and illustrator Beatrix Potter! 🎉

Inspired by the natural world around her, Beatrix created some of Britain's most iconic literary characters like Tom Kitten, Jemima Puddle-Duck and Peter Rabbit.

Take a look at these gorgeous examples in our collection.

For this week's MOC Doodle Challenge we are looking back at ourselves over the years. Firstly, take a look at this print...
25/07/2021

For this week's MOC Doodle Challenge we are looking back at ourselves over the years. Firstly, take a look at this print '28 positions in 34 years' by British artist Chila Kumari Burman from 1992. Born in Liverpool to Indian immigrant parents, Burman joined other young black and Asian artists who campaigned for greater visibility in the British art world during the 1980s and 1990s. Interested in self-image, she created this witty and colourful self-portrait to show the number of stereotypical interpretations she has been subject to and expected to assume over her life. Now think or look at images of yourself over your life. How have you and the world around you changed? Draw, paint or create a collage to show the different stages of your life. Share your design with us using #MocPicks and swipe through to see our example.

We've been so excited to see #SecretsOfTheMuseum back on our screens this week! Remember when the nation fell in love wi...
22/07/2021

We've been so excited to see #SecretsOfTheMuseum back on our screens this week! Remember when the nation fell in love with this little fella in Season 1?

We've been so excited to see #SecretsOfTheMuseum back on our screens this week! Remember when the nation fell in love with this little fella in Season 1?

For this week's MOC Doodle Challenge we are thinking about alternative materials for objects to play with their function...
18/07/2021

For this week's MOC Doodle Challenge we are thinking about alternative materials for objects to play with their function. Have a look at 'Form', a teapot shaped ceramic by Canadian artist Léopold Foulem. Foulem created the base of this work using chicken wire. He then dipped it in ceramic slip, a type of liquid clay and fired in a kiln it to make it hard. While creating a traditional teapot shape, the holes of the chicken wire make the object unable to hold liquid. How else might we play with traditional designs by using alternative materials? How about a chocolate hot water bottle, a glass football or wellies made from newspaper? What will you redesign? Share your design with us using #MocPicks and swipe through to see our example.

Not only is this charming doll room a stunning example of German toymaking, but it also gives us an insight into the pop...
16/07/2021

Not only is this charming doll room a stunning example of German toymaking, but it also gives us an insight into the popular Art Nouveau interior style of the late 19th century.

Look closely and you’ll see ornate bedroom furniture characteristic of the period. 🔎

Not only is this charming doll room a stunning example of German toymaking, but it also gives us an insight into the popular Art Nouveau interior style of the late 19th century.

Look closely and you’ll see ornate bedroom furniture characteristic of the period. 🔎

It's feeding time at the Zoo! We’ve been searching through our archives to find some adorable animals in our collection....
09/07/2021

It's feeding time at the Zoo! We’ve been searching through our archives to find some adorable animals in our collection.

Which one is your favourite?

For this week's Doodle Challenge we are taking inspiring from the Jack Light, designed by British industrial Designer To...
04/07/2021

For this week's Doodle Challenge we are taking inspiring from the Jack Light, designed by British industrial Designer Tom Dixon OBE in 1996. Dixon described Jack Light as a 'sitting, stacking, lighting thing', emphasising its multi-purpose design. The form is more than a sculptural, free-standing light- it is strong enough to be sat on, but light enough to be lifted easily.

Where more than one light is present, they can be stacked neatly. Taking inspiration from this iconic design, cut out multiple shapes which stack. Experiment with different stacking combinations- do any of them resemble a piece of furniture? A sculpture? A building? Share your ideas with us via #MocPicks and swipe through to see our examples.

Not everything is what it seems…. 👀This plywood elephant was designed to be sat on! Devised by Charles and Ray Eames in ...
02/07/2021

Not everything is what it seems…. 👀

This plywood elephant was designed to be sat on! Devised by Charles and Ray Eames in 1945, it was created to be engaging and playful, as well as practical.

Not everything is what it seems…. 👀

This plywood elephant was designed to be sat on! Devised by Charles and Ray Eames in 1945, it was created to be engaging and playful, as well as practical.

Buzzzz! For this week's MOC Doodle Challenge we are looking at insects! Check out this pull along riding ladybird toy ma...
27/06/2021

Buzzzz! For this week's MOC Doodle Challenge we are looking at insects! Check out this pull along riding ladybird toy made by Steiff of Germany. In this design red, black and blue mohair is mounted on a steel frame and four plastic wheels.

The metal frame is painted black and shaped to form wings at the sides and antennae at the front, these act as the footrests. In the 1960s metal pull along and riding toys were particularly popular in the UK, however it was still unusual for a child to have such a beautiful toy, mainly because of its expense.

Taking inspiration, have a go at redesigning a method of transport inspired by an insect! A bumble bee bike? A snail scooter? A termite tram? Share your ideas with us via #MocPicks and swipe through to see our example.

We all live in a yellow submarine… 🎵The Beatles' film, ‘Yellow Submarine’ was loosely based on Paul McCartney's 1965 son...
24/06/2021

We all live in a yellow submarine… 🎵

The Beatles' film, ‘Yellow Submarine’ was loosely based on Paul McCartney's 1965 song of the same name, originally written for children. The plot follows The Beatles as they accompany a sea captain named Fred to Pepperland, where they must save its inhabitants from the music hating ‘Blue Meanies’.

The toy includes an opening hatch revealing ‘the Fab Four’ inside.

We all live in a yellow submarine… 🎵

The Beatles' film, ‘Yellow Submarine’ was loosely based on Paul McCartney's 1965 song of the same name, originally written for children. The plot follows The Beatles as they accompany a sea captain named Fred to Pepperland, where they must save its inhabitants from the music hating ‘Blue Meanies’.

The toy includes an opening hatch revealing ‘the Fab Four’ inside.

For this week's Doodle Challenge we are exploring colour and looking at 'Fröbel's Kindergarten Gift no. 1' by German edu...
20/06/2021

For this week's Doodle Challenge we are exploring colour and looking at 'Fröbel's Kindergarten Gift no. 1' by German educator Friedrich Fröbel. These soft yarn balls were designed to be squashed in the hand of a small child, aiming to encourage a knowledge of objects, spatial awareness and weight. Taking inspiration from the primary and secondary colours of this iconic toy design, find objects of all the colours of the rainbow in your house. Use pens, paper or paints to capture the objects in vibrant block colour. Share your design with us via #MocPicks

Happy Father’s Day!We’re celebrating the day by looking at fatherhood in all its forms in our collection, swipe to see m...
20/06/2021

Happy Father’s Day!

We’re celebrating the day by looking at fatherhood in all its forms in our collection, swipe to see more.

To mark #RefugeeWeek2021 we’re celebrating the creativity and contributions of refugees in our collection. The iconic li...
17/06/2021

To mark #RefugeeWeek2021 we’re celebrating the creativity and contributions of refugees in our collection.

The iconic literary character Curious George was the creation of authors Hans and Margaret Rey, Jewish refugees who fled from Paris to New York in 1940, carrying the original manuscript with them.

To mark #RefugeeWeek2021 we’re celebrating the creativity and contributions of refugees in our collection.

The iconic literary character Curious George was the creation of authors Hans and Margaret Rey, Jewish refugees who fled from Paris to New York in 1940, carrying the original manuscript with them.

For this week's Doodle Challenge let’s take a look at this set model for William Shakespeare's play "King Lear". This wa...
13/06/2021

For this week's Doodle Challenge let’s take a look at this set model for William Shakespeare's play "King Lear". This was set was designed by Isamu Noguchi in 1955 for the Palace Theatre in London. What is your favourite play, musical or pantomime? Have a go a designing your own stage set for a performance you have seen or one from your imagination.

Cut out colourful paper shapes to show the different parts of your set- remember to think about props, lights, costumes. Share your design with us via #MocPicks and swipe through to see our example.

Happy Pride Month! 🌈Since 1978 the rainbow flag has been a symbol of pride, diversity, and acceptance for the LGBTQ+ com...
10/06/2021

Happy Pride Month! 🌈
Since 1978 the rainbow flag has been a symbol of pride, diversity, and acceptance for the LGBTQ+ community. Recognised across the globe, the most common version is made up of six coloured stripes, representing healing, sunlight, nature, art, serenity, and spirit. Scroll to see our collection of rainbow items making us smile this month.

Looking for something to do this half-term? 🐵This set of toy monkeys was owned by two brothers in the 1960s. Created dur...
02/06/2021

Looking for something to do this half-term? 🐵

This set of toy monkeys was owned by two brothers in the 1960s. Created during the school holidays out of old stockings, the toys were homemade by their teacher. Accompanying the monkeys are three exercise books, written by the brothers, which contain information about an extensive imaginary monkey world.

Curiouser and curiouser…. ☕#DidYouKnow leading stage and costume designer Gladys Calthrop created costumes for some of t...
27/05/2021

Curiouser and curiouser…. ☕

#DidYouKnow leading stage and costume designer Gladys Calthrop created costumes for some of the most celebrated stage productions of the early 20th century, including the 1943 production of Alice in Wonderland.

Do you recognise these characters?

RIBBIT! For this week's Doodle Challenge check out this frog puppet made by Anna Braybrooke for the Polka Theatre, Londo...
23/05/2021

RIBBIT! For this week's Doodle Challenge check out this frog puppet made by Anna Braybrooke for the Polka Theatre, London.

The frog has a moveable mouth and is made from celastic, a mouldable material. Taking inspiration from this animated design, find an animal image or object in your house- perhaps in a magazine, a garden ornament or a stuffed toy? Now imagine that animal has been brought to life. How does it move, sound and feel? Draw or paint your animated animal. Share your design with us via #MocPicks and check out our jumping and fly catching frog!

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