Kids and their toys: A really fascinating photo project

Toy Stories is a fascinating photo project which shows that regardless of what country a child lives in, what culture their from, and how rich or poor they are, all they want to do is play. However, their preferences can differ depending on who they are and where they’re from.

Interestingly, Gabriele notes that children from developed countries and privileged families are zealous guardians of their toys. Those kids didn’t want a photographer too close to their ’’treasures’’, least of all playing with them. While children from poor countries were eager to share their favourite toys, even if they only had one teddy bear.

But all the children that took part in this project do have something in common. Their favourite toys reflect the lifestyle of their families. The hobbies and professions of their parents, as well as the daily routine and duties of family members, directly affected their choice of their favourite toys.

Chiwa — Mchinji, Malawi

Pavel — Kiev, Ukraine

Stella — Montecchio, Italy

Puput — Bali, Indonesia

Alessia — Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy

Orly — Brownsville, Texas

Abel — Nopaltepec, Mexico

Keynor — Cahuita, Costa Rica

Arafa and Aisha — Bububu, Zanzibar

Bethsaida — Port au Prince, Haiti

Enea — Boulder, Colorado

Cun Zi Yi — Chongqing, China

Maudy — Kalulushi, Zambia

Elene — Tblisi, Georgia

Farida — Cairo, Egypt

Jaqueline — Manila, Philippines

Julia — Tirana, Albania

Naya — Managua, Nicaragua

Niko — Homer, Alaska

Virginia — American Fork, Utah

Watcharapom — Bangkok, Thailand

Botlhe — Maun, Botswana

Norden — Massa, Marocco

Shaira — Mumbai, India