Constructing Play: Classic + Modern Building Toys
Center for Architecture and Design
1218 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
"Play is the work of children," according to Friedrich Froebel, the inventor of Kindergarten. By playing with building toys, generations of children have discovered how the physical world works and learned the skills necessary to design and shape the world around them. This exhibition is an exciting exploration of the development of children's toys over the past 175+ years. Travel back in time to learn how different building toys were invented, designed, and branded to become the toys that still secretly educate children today! Appropriate for all ages.
Visitors young and old can show off their building skills and create a castle, city, or contraption from their wildest imaginations at our Creation Stations. Filled with components of popular building toys, these carts provide free-play opportunities for individuals and groups.
A series of 60-minute Read + Make and 90-minute Design + Build Family Workshops are being held every Saturday until Christmas. These workshops provide expert introduction to and hands-on guidance through the worlds of architecture and design.
More About Building Toys
Constructing Play is organized into four distinct categories: Stacking, Modular, Interlocking and Engineering. Each group is arranged chronologically, displaying the evolution of these toys from their origins to the toys children are familiar with today. The collection also includes construction-related toys that were designed in the greater Philadelphia region.