A Toy Story

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For kids in the developed world having fun means playing with Playstation, computers, cell phones and what not of technological gadgets. Not so in the refugee camps around the world, such as in Funido in South West Ethiopia. All it takes for these kids is a bit of creativity, and creativity definitely is fueled by the lack of toys and other amusements. For the whole story and more photos, please look up the blog post Øystein and I have made.

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About Otto von Münchow

Photographer based in Norway
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28 Responses to A Toy Story

  1. Chillbrook says:

    Superb picture Otto. It says so much!

  2. Patrizia M. says:

    Quando si ha pochissimo, tutto può diventare gioco.
    Uno scatto molto significativo, superbo!!
    Ciao, Pat

  3. Dina says:

    Takk for dette bidraget. Well pointed, Otto!

  4. YellowCable says:

    I guess the lack of sophisticated toys does not equate to lack of joy playing with whatever creativity leads too.

  5. Elaine- says:

    i never played with toys as a kid, not really, my mother always said i either had my nose in a book, or my nose in the clouds… i had an antique plush dog with a wind up tail that played a classic lullaby, that’s the only toy that i loved…. however i learned to parallel park my tricycle at like 3 years old… kids these days, i wonder what they will be like when they grow up, surely different than we are. i love the picture, and the little boy’s genius.

    • In many ways I think your development was encouraged by the fact you didn’t have all the toys kids nowadays have access to. They don’t even seem to enjoy it much at all. For you it must have been fun to learn how to parallel park your tricycle.

      • Elaine- says:

        yes, for sure, we are shaped… i used to walk to school with my head up, smelling the trees etc (nose in the clouds) and the little pudgy girl i walked with always stared down at the grey sidewalk, but she ALWAYS FOUND MONEY and then bought candy at the little store on the way, and wouldn’t SHARE…. so one day i decided to walk with my head down so i could find money, half way there i said ‘no sorry, this is a dismal existence and i would rather have clouds than money’…. story of my life lol

  6. paula graham says:

    How touching and innocent.

  7. lauramacky says:

    Lovely photo. Keeps things in check. Thank you!

  8. shoreacres says:

    The first three things that came to mind were: fun, creativity, making do. It occurs to me that it’s the creativity that allows us to make do in limited circumstances, and hence enjoy life: even have fun. The photos are delightful. American parents should be reminded of the importance of getting out of their kids’ way once in a while, throwing scheduled activity to the winds and allowing them to make their own fun.

  9. The simplicity of the scene says it all. Kids will find ways play. It is in their nature.

  10. Your linked posts are interesting, matched by some lovely photos.
    I grew up in rural South Africa and the toys and musical instruments that the kids made were amazing; my much treasured Dinky Toy VW Beetle didn’t seem nearly so much fun! I actually had a go at making one of those wire cars – what a disaster 🙂 There is a lot more to it than first appearances would lead you to believe.

  11. Andrew says:

    Excellent post, where I’ve left an extended comment.

  12. My Heartsong says:

    There is creativity here, plus we all need ideas and stimulation.Some of the things we have in the west do nothing but make us lazy and a little stupid i.e. cash registers, calculators.in the sense that we are not thinking, the thinking was done by the creator.Some of the most creative toys are the simplest: look at how creative building blocks are, or Lego. Maybe these kids have an advantage in that they are making their toys rather than getting a ready-made one.

    • Yes, we are definitely less encourage in the west to play more creatively. And the kids in the refugee camps may have some advantages in having to make their own toys, but unfortunately, in the end, there is no outlet for this creativity.

  13. Dalo 2013 says:

    Great shot ~ a shout out to creativity on many levels. Well done Otto.

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