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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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!

For this week’s Doodle Club, we chose this 1840s illustration of Tom Thumb’s story. No bigger than his father’s thumb, T...
20/04/2020

For this week’s Doodle Club, we chose this 1840s illustration of Tom Thumb’s story. No bigger than his father’s thumb, Tom goes through a series of adventures - from being chased by a cat that mistakes him for a mouse to becoming King Arthur’s favourite. When the queen chases him in jealousy, he ends up flying away on a butterfly.

We had a go at doodling this! Share your doodle using #mocpicks or DM us for a chance to be featured on our channels.

18/04/2020
Mashup Creatures

There is nothing more productive than a creative mashup! Use these illustrations of objects from our collections to make up new creatures. Choose from our beloved Pumpie the elephant, a doll's house in the shape of a teapot, a robot, and many more. Follow the link to download the printable resource.
https://fal.cn/37DmI

15/04/2020

📺Nothing good on telly? Why not create your own show? There are all sorts of wonderful ways to create a moving image!

How to make a Thaumatrope (mini movie)
1. Find or carefully cut out two matching pieces of card
2. Plan a drawing with has two parts
For example, a person 🧕 on a horse 🐴
3. Draw the horse on one piece of card
4. Draw the person on the other piece of card, making sure they are lined up with where the saddle is on the first card
5. Glue the pictures back to back
6. Carefully punch a hole on the left and right
7. Attach string or rubber bands to both sides
8 Twist the strings gently, then pull them so that your pictures spin
9 When they are fast enough, the person will appear to sit on the horse!

Welcome to week 2 of our virtual Doodle Club ✏️Can you draw this photo? Or make a portrait of someone you know using thi...
13/04/2020

Welcome to week 2 of our virtual Doodle Club ✏️
Can you draw this photo? Or make a portrait of someone you know using this composition? Your child, your parent...with a cat, a dog, a dragon? 🐱🐶🐲

Use #mocpicks and we will share it on our channels.

More info on the photo here: https://fal.cn/37xmc

#HappyEaster! Shopping is a bit harder these days but we hope you can put your feet up today and enjoy some well-earned ...
12/04/2020

#HappyEaster! Shopping is a bit harder these days but we hope you can put your feet up today and enjoy some well-earned treats 🍫🥐🍬
And if you are looking for something to do, head to our Instagram Stories for a quick quiz 🤓https://fal.cn/37wMb

10/04/2020
Easter Bunny

Got that 'Good Friday' feeling? 🐰🐣 This little rabbit is ready for a weekend of fun. Are you? Follow us on Sunday for a little Easter quiz!
#GoodFriday #Easter #EasterBunny

V&A Museum of Childhood's cover photo
07/04/2020

V&A Museum of Childhood's cover photo

Right, who is up for a challenge? Today we're launching our virtual Doodle Club! ✏️Can you draw this strange little beas...
06/04/2020

Right, who is up for a challenge? Today we're launching our virtual Doodle Club! ✏️Can you draw this strange little beast? 🐲It may appear scary but in Buddhist mythology, these creatures are so gentle they will not even walk on grass for fear of harming it.

Well, we gave it the first go. Tag us with #mocpicks or DM us with your doodle and we will share it on our channels.

Find out more about the object here: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O182854/figure-of-unicorn-unknown/

How has homeschooling been so far for you? Pick the image that best describes the scene in your home and let us know in ...
05/04/2020

How has homeschooling been so far for you? Pick the image that best describes the scene in your home and let us know in the comments how you’ve found it or if you have any tips to share

Time to look after each other...stay tucked in and cosy like this cute family! Created by a Japanese company in the 1980...
03/04/2020

Time to look after each other...stay tucked in and cosy like this cute family! Created by a Japanese company in the 1980s, Sylvanian families are still popular today. 🐰🐿️🐸 Which animal would you be?

🐊 Forget baby shark...make way for baby croc! 🐊April Fool your family with a crocodile puppet! Fun and easy to make at h...
01/04/2020

🐊 Forget baby shark...make way for baby croc! 🐊
April Fool your family with a crocodile puppet!
Fun and easy to make at home, you can get started with our printable template: vam.ac.uk/moc/learning/things-to-do

It's late, it's late! In Lewis Carroll's book Through The Looking-Glass, Alice climbs on to a fireplace and by poking th...
29/03/2020

It's late, it's late! In Lewis Carroll's book Through The Looking-Glass, Alice climbs on to a fireplace and by poking the mirror she discovers a world where clocks are able to speak. 🕰️ Remember, clocks go forward today!

This reproduction of the book illustration is printed on a glass slide and would have been used in a magic lantern. A predecessor of projectors, magic lanterns were a very popular form of entertainment around the 1900s.

Welcome home Pumpie! The UK's most loved elephant is reunited with his friends following a trip to Wellcome Collection's...
24/03/2020

Welcome home Pumpie! The UK's most loved elephant is reunited with his friends following a trip to Wellcome Collection's Play Well exhibition.

You can watch again his conservation adventure on #SecretsoftheMuseum on the BBC iplayer: https://fal.cn/37fsi

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers around the world! Whether you receive real flowers or an e-card, we wish you an am...
22/03/2020

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers around the world! Whether you receive real flowers or an e-card, we wish you an amazing day 💐

Drawing by Margarethe Hammerschlag, 1908-1914

Quiz time! Both of these cradles were made in the 19th century, but which one was designed by a prominent architect of t...
19/03/2020

Quiz time! Both of these cradles were made in the 19th century, but which one was designed by a prominent architect of the Gothic Revival?

Hint: Gothic style is severe in its style while the principle of 'revealed construction' was very important too.

The health of our visitors and staff is our highest priority. In line with the latest advice from Public Health England,...
17/03/2020

The health of our visitors and staff is our highest priority. In line with the latest advice from Public Health England, all V&A sites will temporarily close from 18 March. All the latest information and advice can be found on our website. Thank you for your support, stay well .

The health of our visitors and staff is our highest priority. In line with the latest advice from Public Health England,...
17/03/2020

The health of our visitors and staff is our highest priority. In line with the latest advice from Public Health England, all V&A sites will temporarily close from 18 March. All the latest information and advice can be found on our website https://fal.cn/377Pi.

Thank you for your support, stay well

The Rubik's Cube was a major craze of the early 1980s. Touted as one of the most innovative toys of the 20th Century, th...
14/03/2020

The Rubik's Cube was a major craze of the early 1980s. Touted as one of the most innovative toys of the 20th Century, the cube provided endless hours of joy, frustration and concentration.

#Didyouknow that the record for solving the cube is 4.22 seconds?

13/03/2020

Traditional or contemporary? Pick the design you'd pick for a fun ride 🐝🐎

Isn't it always tea and cake time? 🍰These lovely frogs illustrated by Beatrix Potter definitely seem to think so. This d...
11/03/2020

Isn't it always tea and cake time? 🍰

These lovely frogs illustrated by Beatrix Potter definitely seem to think so. This drawing was made to illustrate this nursery rhyme in an intended 1905 book:

If acorn-cups were tea-cups, what should we have to drink?

Why! honey-dew for sugar, in a cuckoo-pint of milk;

With pats of witches’ butter and a tansey cake, I think,

Laid out upon a toad-stool on a cloth of cob-web silk!

Time for a ride! Toy horses have been played with for thousands of years, but it was not until the 17th century that rid...
08/03/2020

Time for a ride! Toy horses have been played with for thousands of years, but it was not until the 17th century that ride-on ones were first developed. They were seen as an important developmental toy, as they helped with balance and confidence.

This one was made for very young children and has a safety bar to help hold the child in.

Happy #WorldBookDay! Which is your all-time favourite book? Here's an illustration for the classic 'Fantastic Mr Fox' by...
06/03/2020

Happy #WorldBookDay! Which is your all-time favourite book? Here's an illustration for the classic 'Fantastic Mr Fox' by Roald Dahl, created by Jill Bennett, c.1970-1974

© Great Missenden, Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre

04/03/2020

Looking for last minute #WorldBookDay costume ideas? Watch our video and create an adorable Alice in Wonderland costume.

Watch all of our tutorials here: bit.ly/alicecuriouscostume
Produced to celebrate the V&A's ‘Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser’ upcoming exhibition

A cat with a taste for shoes! From its origins in 16th c. Italy to modern day Shrek, the story of Puss in Boots is one t...
29/02/2020

A cat with a taste for shoes! From its origins in 16th c. Italy to modern day Shrek, the story of Puss in Boots is one that never gets old. Can you remember it from your childhood?

Watercolour drawing, 'Puss in Boots', by Gordon Robinson, ca.1905; produced for Ernest Nister.

28/02/2020

Celebrating literary magic, we love World Book Day! Have you got your costume sorted? If not never fear, we have 5 fail-proof outfits, inspired by the V&A's up coming exhibition on Alice in Wonderland. Swipe through to see the results!

Find out more - https://fal.cn/36Olt

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