real kids : toy stories

posted on: Monday, April 8, 2013


What do the toys we give our kids say about us, the parents? About the culture we live in? About our personal values and our hopes for the little people in our care?

When I saw these pictures of kids with their favourite toys by photographer Gabriele Galimberti from Riverboom, I was entranced. This one in particular made me smile:

Twin sisters Arafa and Aisha in Bububu, Zanzibar.

Galimberti spent a year and a half taking the pictures and during this time he found some interesting differences and also unsurprising similarities in how children from a wide variety of cultures play (you can read all about it on Feature Shoot and The Times Magazine).

But most interesting to me was Galimberti's comment that, “Doing this, I learnt more about the parents than I did about the kids.”

Abel in Nopaltepec, Mexico.

So...do you know what your kiddos' faves are? They may not be what you'd think!

I asked my little guy to tell me what his favourites are. I was quite surprised.

p.s This series also reminded me of the book Where Children Sleep.

Gabriele Galimberti is a member of Riverboom, a collective founded by war reporters and made up of photographers, journalists and the like. To see all of Gabrielle Galimberti's images and read the stories about each picture, head on over to Toy Stories

Galimberti's pictures appeared on Feature Shoot with an article by Amanda Gorence, and in The Times Magazine with a report by Ben Machell.
Top image: 
Tyra in Stockholm, Sweden.

13 comments:

  1. I'll have to double check with my boys, but I'm pretty sure it's cars for them too... :)
    Ronnie xo

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    1. with the teen when he was little I would have said that too, with the kiddo I thought he would have said his textas, star wars lego or similar. wrong, wrong!
      I asked him to hold his faves and I took a picture for the 52 portrait of the week :)

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  2. p.s. I remember loving the 'Where Children Sleep' series.

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  3. I am one hundred percent sure that Toddler C's favourite toy is Puppy Bunny...although he probably thinks of Puppy Bunny as a friend rather than a toy!

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    1. how cute is that. and a puppy bunny? can't go wrong.

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  4. So interesting isn't it? It surprises me when we go on little holidays and take VERY minimal or no toys and the boys play better than they ever do at home. My kids fav are cars. Definitely cars. X

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    1. now that you mention it ours are the same on hols -- they do great with not so many toys but more people present and ready to play or pay attention.

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  5. I remember seeing these photos a while ago - a very interesting series. I am sure my daughters 'favourite' toy changes often but always a favourite is a box of pencils and some blank paper. She has a wild imagination and I love it.

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    1. she sounds like the kiddo! he loves to draw every chance he gets. x

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  6. I've seen Galimberti's project before. Isn't it amazing. I have actually stayed with friends in Bububu (where the two girls are from), so am finding myself imagining the kind of house they live in. It's a great project to give perspectives on childhood isn't it.

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    1. sure is, I haven't shown the kiddo yet but I plan to -- he will be fascinated I think.

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