The Power to Play


THE POWER TO PLAY - From Trash to Treasure

The Museum of Tolerance and ChildFund® International* present THE POWER TO PLAY - From Trash to Treasure. The exhibition features toys handcrafted by children in Africa, Asia and the Americas, made from recycled and other locally available materials. Examples of some of these pieces include a snake made out of bottle caps (Guatemala), bicycles fashioned from wire found on construction sites and wrapped in cloth (Zambia), and soccer balls made from used plastic bags and wrapped in twine (made in Kenya, Uganda and Latin America).

Click here to learn more about the MOT Toy Creativity Contest. 

Below are samples of the stories that are told in the Power to Play exhibition.

Edward – Seated Figures

My name is Edward, and I am 10 years old. I live in Zambia, and I am in the fourth grade. Books are my favorite things because I learn a lot from reading. I was inspired to make my sculpture by a picture taken of the desks in my school. Three people usually share our desks, but I feel it is easier to write with only two people at each desk.

I made the desk and people out of wires and carefully wrapped them with plastic papers to create their shapes.

I want to be a teacher when I grow up and teach students in a classroom with desks.

Joel – Coke Can Car

My name is Joel, and I live in the Philippines. When I grow up, I want to become an engineer. I spend every afternoon at the sea coast with my friends looking for empty tin cans and plastic water bottles. We use our imaginations and creativity to turn the cans and bottles, along with other scrap materials we find, into pull toys.

Transportation is a major problem in my community. The roads here are mostly unpaved, narrow, winding and rocky with large boulders. The roads are only passable 5 times a day by jeepneys (modified version of U.S. WW II military jeep) and tricycles.

The Pacific Ocean stretches out on one side of the roads while steep mountain cliffs border the other. Huge potholes also make the roads difficult to drive on. I dream of being able to travel more comfortably to and from my home. I look forward to the day when cars and other forms of transportation can come and go with ease.

89.3FM KPCC is the official media sponsor. This exhibition is made possible with generous support from lead sponsors Ralphs Grocery Co. and Jakks Pacific, Inc. and additional support from UPS and Green Toys.

Free with paid admission to the Museum of Tolerance. To learn more, call 310-772-2452.

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