The Art of Play: Recycled Toys from Around the World
From an exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History in 2002, including toys from Nigeria, Mali and Senegal made from various objects that were once used, discarded, found, and recycled into toys.
Children have always been fascinated with miniature versions of real things--doll houses, action figures, and especially vehicles such as matchbox cars and dump trucks. Where toys and games are not easily available to children, they are made from whatever materials are readily accessible. Stones and pebbles are used in counting games, wood is carved to make spinning tops. In today's global climate where consumer icons of the West have spread throughout the world, objects are transformed, renewed, and recycled into something completely different, such as a toy airplane or a toy truck.