Let's Celebrate Children's Ingenuity in Making their Own Toys
"Galimoto" is a name for a toy vehicle made by children from recycled scrap material such as plastic bottles and caps, bits of wire, tin cans, cardboard boxes, twigs, etc.. We've celebrated the creative ingenuity displayed by children in such loose parts play by curating a Pinterest board. Contributions welcome!
Children are making their own toys through self-directed imaginative play all over the world, and we've
captured some of their creations.
Child's self-made toy phone, Rwanda
It seems to us, anecdotally, that (a) low-income children appear very motivated to make toys - more so than children whose toys can be bought for them (b) many more boys than girls from low-income households are able to play outside and thus are more free to engage in loose parts play with found objects.
We're interested to know what other insights might be drawn from these images!
Thanks to Chioma for the link to
this piece on loose parts play.