A New Toy Everyday

Inspired by Tinkertoy’s “A New Toy Everyday” calendar (see last post), we have decided that we will be making our own calendar using our very own “Arcobaleno” block set, starting April 1.  Thirty days, thirty ideas.  Starting April 1,...

Sustainable Design

I came across this Tinkertoy advertisement while looking through the exhibition catalog, Educational Toys in America: 1800 to the Present. I thought, now this is a good example of sustainable design. Not a new toy every day but a new way to use the same toy. “What’s...

Building Toy Designer Barbie

I have been following the lively back and forth comments on the new Architect Barbie from Mattel that will debut this summer.  I began to think about who were the important designers of architectural/building toys. The seminal designer of open-ended architectural or...

Building with Spheres

There is some amazing building going on between the colossal Corinthian columns in the middle of the vast ground floor space of the National Building Museum in Washington DC.  I just returned from giving a lecture on the history of building toys at the National...