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Is there a Picasso in your house?
Posted on Thursday, December 11th, 2014 by Parents' Choice

Although most of us think of Picasso primarily as a painter, he was also a sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet and playwright. In celebration of his varied interests and artistic media, we offer the following to encourage creativity across disciplines. Wee Society – Wee You-Things Blocks (Ages 3+) are whimsical, instructive and made in […]

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The 2014 Sweet 16 Kinetic Sculpture Race
Posted on Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 by Kristen Faber

The east coast version of the Kinetic Sculpture Race occurs every year in Baltimore, taking advantage of the city’s good-natured acquiescence to the ridiculous, even when it puts city traffic at a standstill.

Image Courtesy The Strong, Rochester, New York.
Making your Mark
Posted on Thursday, February 6th, 2014 by Kristen Faber

Do you have a budding artist at home? Or a careful calligrapher who loves to write their letters just so? The Strong National Museum of Play is holding a contest inviting the general public to put their own personal, playful stamp on the museum’s wordmark. What is a wordmark you ask? Why it’s the stylized […]

The Secret (Inner) Life of Toys
Posted on Monday, January 20th, 2014 by Kristen Faber

Sculptor Jason Freeney imagines and constructs what the inner workings of much-loved toys could be if they were real. His intricate designs take inspiration from human and animal anatomy, whichever applies most accurately to the toy he’s depicting. In an interview with Smithsonian.com, he describes how the outer form of the toy guides his interpretation of […]