The Joy of Simple Toys
The joy of simple toys is something that Art Of Toy strives for when looking for toys to accompany the themed art shows. A good basic designed toy is timeless and crosses all ages. The simple beauty of a kaleidoscope, a hand cranked music box or a car that you push can not be measured. The everyday surprise is how few young people know what a kaleidoscope is or how to use a music box.
A simple tin kaleidoscope with colored images can give endless entertainment. To add to the enticement a Star Wars litho delights the kids and is a joy to see the reaction when they figure out it is more than a simple tube. Adults will come back and look at the same scope over and over until a decision can be made.
I have had more than one teenager ask how to turn on a crank music box assuming they must hit a switch before evening attempting to crank it … and then are enchanted in the music they create from cranking as if they composed the works.
My new favorite toy at the gallery is the mini extremely sleek design of the wood finger racer from Milan that at a flick of your finger will race across your desk…no electronics needed.
For every snazzy electronic toy purchased try to add a old school well designed toy along with a handcrafted piece of art.