June 21, 2007 12:02 PM Subscribe
For a museum interactive, I need to choose popular kids' items of today related to the following categories: Book, item related to school, doll or figure, indoor game, and outdoor game. Your suggestions?
This is part of a history museum exhibit, in which we have small collections of reproduction toys, books, etc. in those categories for each of 10 historical time periods. For example, in our Victorian basket, we've got a Louisa May Alcott book, a copybook and steel nib pen, a china doll, Chinese Checkers, a reproduction 1870 baseball, glove, bat, and rulebook, and a search for animal motifs in the house decorations. For the 1950s, we've got Little Bear, Dick & Jane and a composition book, Mr. Potato Head, Slinky, marbles, and hula hoops.
The idea is to create an introductory basket that will have fun, familiar items that kids who are 4-10 years old today are likely to recognize. We hope that'll help bring home the similarity to toys of the past.
I'm not up enough on modern day kids' pop culture to know what some good choices are. In general, we should probably stay away from the blatantly faddy stuff (Bratz dolls come to mind) but we do want things kids will feel are part of their own world.
For the book, Harry Potter was suggested. Any other ideas?