As a child, reading books and playing with my dolls were my favorite pastime so as you can imagine, I was often surrounded by them. In an interesting photo essay, photographer Gabriele Galimberti, set out to capture children around the world in over 50 countries with their favorite toys. His conclusion after the project revealed what we pretty much know “kids just want to play.” But it also revealed how cultural and socio-economic differences affect kid’s behaviors around their toys, what toys were offered to them, and even how their parents’ backgrounds influenced the selections.
This made me ponder my own children’s toys, their favorites, and how I influence the choices they have in play. These are though-provoking questions for parents to answer.
Galimberti’s findings can be found in a touching photo essay aptly called: Toy Stories: Photos of Children From Around the World and Their Favorite Things.
The book is available for purchase here.
(via Brain Pickings)
(All images by Gabriel Galimberti)