Wednesday, December 24, 2014
WPA Christmas Toys
Above: This girl is donating one of her old toys so that it can be renovated by WPA workers and then given to a less fortunate child for Christmas. The photo was taken in Louisiana, circa 1935-1942. Photo courtesy of the National Archives and the New Deal Network.
Above: On this WPA project in St. Paul, Minnesota, a worker is repairing toys for Christmas distribution, circa 1935-1942. WPA toy projects gave jobless Americans work, recycled used toys, and provided toys for less fortunate children. It was a win-win-win situation. Photo courtesy of the National Archives and the New Deal Network.
Above: A WPA toy display in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, circa 1935-1942. According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, "Play is the mechanism by which children learn—how they experience their world, practice new skills, and internalize new ideas—and is therefore the essential 'work of children.' Through this continuous and expanding process, early skills give rise to new ones and new experiences are integrated with previous ones. Through play, children learn about the world and engage in activities that encourage their cognitive, emotional, and social development" (citing Elkind, D. 2007. The Power of Play: Learning What Comes Naturally. Reading, MA: Da Capo Press; and Paley, V. 2004. A Child’s Work. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press). Article link here. Photo courtesy of the FDR Presidential Library & Museum and the New Deal Network.