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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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!

This week we’re taking a closer look at children’s historical fashion 🔎#DidYouKnow children’s clothes in the 18th and 19...
20/05/2021

This week we’re taking a closer look at children’s historical fashion 🔎

#DidYouKnow children’s clothes in the 18th and 19th centuries were designed to help indicate a child’s age and social identity? For example, it was common for boys aged 4 to 7 to wear breeches, an important step towards maturity. Which outfit is your favourite?

1) Boy’s suit, 1825, Scotland
2) Dresses, 1740, England

WHOOSH! For this week's MOC Doodle Challenge check out this wooden child's scooter from the 1920-30s, probably homemade!...
16/05/2021

WHOOSH! For this week's MOC Doodle Challenge check out this wooden child's scooter from the 1920-30s, probably homemade! Many children had home-made scooters as they were quite easy to make and cheaper than a shop-bought one. What is or was your favourite toy? Was it something homemade, shop bought or borrowed? How do you/did you use it? For the activity, this week draw your favourite toy showing how you use/used it. Share your design with us via #MocPicks and swipe through to see our drawing of scooter been ridden at speed!

For this week's MOC Doodle Challenge let's play with balance as we take inspiration from this Fisherman Balancing Toy. D...
09/05/2021

For this week's MOC Doodle Challenge let's play with balance as we take inspiration from this Fisherman Balancing Toy. Designed by Bristish toy designer Tony Mann in the 1980s, a wooden fisherman figure sways precariously on his “river bank” when touched. He holds a curved fishing rod wire which bends downwards and extends into the mouth a flat wooden fish. Now have a go at designing your own balancing sculpture! Firstly, create a base by folding card or thick paper. Connect strips of paper with glue, on which try balancing paper shapes. Share your design with us via #MocPicks and swipe through to see our balancing sculpture example.

Go, go, go! For this week's MOC Doodle Challenge let's take a look at this Roller Derby Skate Board! This painted red, r...
02/05/2021

Go, go, go! For this week's MOC Doodle Challenge let's take a look at this Roller Derby Skate Board! This painted red, rectangular board was made in the United Sates between 1959-60 and is fitted with two sets of steel double wheels. Have a go at designing your 'drawing board'. Attach crayons, pens or pencils to a piece of packaging with masking tape. Once secure, move your board across a piece of paper to create a unique action drawing! Share your design with us via #MocPicks.

Break a leg…!Toy theatres became popular during the second half of the 19th century. Made from paper, the painted miniat...
30/04/2021

Break a leg…!

Toy theatres became popular during the second half of the 19th century. Made from paper, the painted miniature scenes usually acted as replicas to real life theatres. This particular toy theatre is unusual, as it includes four separate painted scenes, with a page of dialogue to go with it.

Toy Theatre Book, 1885
Toy Theatre, 1960

For this week's MOC Doodle Challenge check out 'Schaukelwagen' a piece of play furniture designed by Hans Brockhage and ...
25/04/2021

For this week's MOC Doodle Challenge check out 'Schaukelwagen' a piece of play furniture designed by Hans Brockhage and Erwin Andrä. Created to heighten children's role play, this chair can used as a cart or rocking chair, and then flipped over or on its side to be reimagined as a car or to make a cage-like structure for toy zoo animals. How would you use it? Have a go at designing a piece of play furniture. Sketch out your ideas- perhaps combining toys and furniture you have a at home? A lamp with space hopper? A bookshelf with a trampoline? A sofa with a pin pong net?

Share your design with us via #MocPicks and swipe through to see our example of a table combined with 2 mini scooters!

This week we are looking at materials for the Doodle Challenge! Firstly, check out this Kiddicraft rattle, designed by H...
18/04/2021

This week we are looking at materials for the Doodle Challenge! Firstly, check out this Kiddicraft rattle, designed by Hilary Page in 1938. This design innovation was part of Page’s ‘Sensible Toys’ range, named for its use of washable plastics and non-rusting metals.

Now, how many types of materials can you find at home? Take one minute to find: wood, plastic, ceramic, paper, metal, fabric and any others. Discuss with others why you think those materials were chosen for this purpose and imagine them been remade out of different materials to be more... Sustainable? Cuddly? Stretchy? Bouncy? Sketch out your objects and use different lines to show the material type. Share your design with us via #MocPicks and swipe through to see our examples.

#DidYouKnow the first examples of dolls houses were found in Egyptian tombs over five thousand years ago? Since then, th...
16/04/2021

#DidYouKnow the first examples of dolls houses were found in Egyptian tombs over five thousand years ago? Since then, their designs have changed quite a bit!

Swipe to see some from our collection. Which one is your favourite?

1) Kaleidoscope House, Laurie Simmons, 2001
2) Jenny's Home, Tri-ang, 1960
3) Guyanese Dolls' House, Ruth Bollers, 1992

Rolling through the week… 🎠This stunning 19th century rocking horse is hand painted with leather and corduroy accoutreme...
14/04/2021

Rolling through the week… 🎠

This stunning 19th century rocking horse is hand painted with leather and corduroy accoutrements. Rocking horses began to appear in Europe around the 17th century, ranging in design from simple wooden structures to highly decorative.

Rolling through the week… 🎠

This stunning 19th century rocking horse is hand painted with leather and corduroy accoutrements. Rocking horses began to appear in Europe around the 17th century, ranging in design from simple wooden structures to highly decorative.

For this week's MOC Doodle Challenge check out this 'Double Base' vessel by Troika Pottery artist, Penny Black! Operatin...
11/04/2021

For this week's MOC Doodle Challenge check out this 'Double Base' vessel by Troika Pottery artist, Penny Black! Operating in Cornwall between 1962 and 1983, Troika was an art pottery, with the vision of ceramics as art, without concern for function. Inspired by Penny Black, try creating your own creative vessel. Rather than focussing on what your vessel can do or hold, use paper to shape new and interesting forms, attaching with a stapler or glue. Decorate with different textured shapes to suggest the shiny and matte surfaces of Troika pottery. Share your design with us via #MocPicks

Get creative this Easter weekend with the MOC Doodle Challenge! Taking inspiration from 'Super Octons', a construction t...
04/04/2021

Get creative this Easter weekend with the MOC Doodle Challenge! Taking inspiration from 'Super Octons', a construction toy of fluorescent interlocking shapes from the 1990s, create your own slotted paper sculpture!

Firstly, cut up different shapes from thick paper or card packaging. Then decorate each piece with coloured patterns- try out dots, stripes, dashes and zig-zags! To stack and arrange your sculpture, cut short slits in your papers and start slotting them together. How many different arrangements can you make? Share your design with us via #MocPicks and swipe through to see our example.

One of Beatrix Potter’s most iconic characters, Peter Rabbit was created in 1893 and based on the author and illustrator...
02/04/2021

One of Beatrix Potter’s most iconic characters, Peter Rabbit was created in 1893 and based on the author and illustrator’s own pet rabbit, Peter Piper.

Years later, the drawings would become Potter’s first book about Peter Rabbit and a timeless literary character was born! 🐰

Learn more about the tale of Peter Rabbit: https://fal.cn/3es7c

One of Beatrix Potter’s most iconic characters, Peter Rabbit was created in 1893 and based on the author and illustrator’s own pet rabbit, Peter Piper.

Years later, the drawings would become Potter’s first book about Peter Rabbit and a timeless literary character was born! 🐰

Learn more about the tale of Peter Rabbit: https://fal.cn/3es7c

It's time to throw some shapes in this week's MOC Doodle Challenge! Taking inspiration from the blocky geometric design ...
28/03/2021

It's time to throw some shapes in this week's MOC Doodle Challenge! Taking inspiration from the blocky geometric design of this 'Space Dog' robot, made in Japan in the 1950s, have a go creating your own animal design using bold shapes. Select your favourite animal and cut squares, triangles, circles, and rectangles out of different coloured papers. Arrange the shapes on a piece of paper, positioning them to suggest its form and character.

Share your design with us via #MocPicks and check out our geometric squirrel design.

Spring has arrived! Look at this beautifully crafted wooden toy of a rabbit and eggs, originally made in Germany around ...
24/03/2021

Spring has arrived!

Look at this beautifully crafted wooden toy of a rabbit and eggs, originally made in Germany around the 1940’s. Many of Germany's traditional hand-crafted toys were made in Seiffen, Saxony, where they are still produced today, using the original techniques local toymakers have used for centuries.

Spring has arrived!

Look at this beautifully crafted wooden toy of a rabbit and eggs, originally made in Germany around the 1940’s. Many of Germany's traditional hand-crafted toys were made in Seiffen, Saxony, where they are still produced today, using the original techniques local toymakers have used for centuries.

For this week’s MOC Doodle Challenge let’s take inspiration from Runway Runner, a collage by American artist Barbara Nes...
21/03/2021

For this week’s MOC Doodle Challenge let’s take inspiration from Runway Runner, a collage by American artist Barbara Nessim. In 2008 Nessim collaborated with the photographer Karl Rudisill with the aim to examine ideas about beauty, desire and women’s relationship with fashion. She later used Rudisill’s photographs as the basis for collages.

Now it’s your turn! The first part of your challenge is to create 3 portraits of 3 women you know and admire in 3 minutes- drawing from life, a video call or memory. Now cut or rip up your portraits, rearranging the different features and marks together to create a unique and bold collage. Share your design with #MocPicks.

Good enough to eat? This playful piece by Mr Freedom consists of 18 plastic pendants including 3 hamburgers, 2 glasses o...
15/03/2021

Good enough to eat?

This playful piece by Mr Freedom consists of 18 plastic pendants including 3 hamburgers, 2 glasses of milk, 2 hot dogs, and an ice cream soda.

Which is your favourite?

Good enough to eat?

This playful piece by Mr Freedom consists of 18 plastic pendants including 3 hamburgers, 2 glasses of milk, 2 hot dogs, and an ice cream soda.

Which is your favourite?

Its time to shake things up with this week's MOC Doodle Challenge! Taking inspiration from this boldly patterned child's...
07/03/2021

Its time to shake things up with this week's MOC Doodle Challenge! Taking inspiration from this boldly patterned child's rattle made in Sindh, Pakistan; have a go at creating your own musical instrument to entertain those around you. Use coloured paper, glue and pens, to transform a used yoghurt pot or lidded tub from your recycling. Decorate with a vibrant pattern and fill with dried lentils, rice or pasta so your instrument makes different sounds when shaken. Try making different sounds by creating instruments of all shapes and sizes. Share your design in action with #MocPicks and swipe through to see our example.

Celebrating a magical #WorldBookDay!1997 the first Harry Potter book was published and a literary sensation was created....
04/03/2021

Celebrating a magical #WorldBookDay!
1997 the first Harry Potter book was published and a literary sensation was created. The fantastical books sparked the imaginations of children and adults alike and was transformed into a blockbusting film series.

What is your favourite children's book?

Celebrating a magical #WorldBookDay!
1997 the first Harry Potter book was published and a literary sensation was created. The fantastical books sparked the imaginations of children and adults alike and was transformed into a blockbusting film series.

What is your favourite children's book?

Our focus of this week’s MOC Doodle Challenge is this colourful and fun child's chair by Italian architect and design pi...
28/02/2021

Our focus of this week’s MOC Doodle Challenge is this colourful and fun child's chair by Italian architect and design pioneer Gaetano Pesce. It is made of an industrial synthetic material which has been treated as if it were a craft material. A smiling face is suggested by the holes that pierce the chair's back, and the seat is actually the profile of a head. Have go at creating profile portraits of​ people you know. Feel free to sketch out the profile of the face on one side of the paper first, before cutting it out and flipping it over. Use different coloured paper to create contrast between your designs. ​Imagine how these profiles could appear in different items of furniture. Share your design with #MocPicks

Broken isn't bad... Read our latest blog post on repurposing everyday objects and have fun this #Februaryhalfterm with c...
17/02/2021

Broken isn't bad... Read our latest blog post on repurposing everyday objects and have fun this #Februaryhalfterm with creative activities to help us reduce waste! https://fal.cn/3dsfF

The focus of this week's MOC Doodle Challenge is this ‘Astronaut’s thermos’ designed by Swedish glass artist Monica Back...
14/02/2021

The focus of this week's MOC Doodle Challenge is this ‘Astronaut’s thermos’ designed by Swedish glass artist Monica Backström. Are you dreaming of your next adventure? Imagine you could travel anywhere...where would you go... the mountains, the beach or even into space? Bring together 5 objects from your house which you would take with you on your fantasy adventure. Discuss with others why you have picked them- are they to keep you warm, to reduce plastic, to share with others, or just for fun! Use a pen or pencil to record the objects as simple line drawings. Share your design with #MocPicks.

#HappyLunarNewYear!We are celebrating with a throwback to this spectacular Lion Dance at our 2017 New Year event. We hop...
12/02/2021

#HappyLunarNewYear!

We are celebrating with a throwback to this spectacular Lion Dance at our 2017 New Year event. We hope the Year of the Ox brings wonderful things.

#HappyLunarNewYear!

We are celebrating with a throwback to this spectacular Lion Dance at our 2017 New Year event. We hope the Year of the Ox brings wonderful things.

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

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