Who Wants to Buy the Creepy Dolls and Bowling Balls That Wash Up on Texas Beaches?
Hundreds of eclectic items were auctioned off to help fund the rehabilitation of sea turtles and birds
A Cultural History of Barbie
Loved and loathed, the toy stirs fresh controversy at age 64
U.K.'s Oldest Toy Museum Shuts Its Doors
Thousands of historic toys will sit in storage until Pollock’s Toy Museum finds a new home
Engineers Pick the Ten Best STEM Toys to Give as Gifts in 2022
Children can build strategy, critical thinking and resilience during expert-approved play
How Porcelain Dolls Became the Ultimate Victorian Status Symbol
Class-obsessed consumers found the cold, hard and highly breakable figurines irresistible
Which of These Historical Dolls Is the Creepiest?
Vote for one of the nine finalists from a Minnesota museum's collection
New American Girl Doll Celebrates Black Joy During the Harlem Renaissance
Nine-year-old Claudie Wells' story unfolds in 1920s New York
Why American Girl Dolls Are Starring in Viral History Memes
The popular posts call for characters who witnessed the Salem Witch Trials, JFK's assassination and other historical events
Why Do Creepy Dolls Keep Washing Up on Texas Beaches?
Ocean currents push the unsettling toys—and tons of other trash—onto state shores
Black Dolls Tell a Story of Play—and Resistance—in America
A new exhibition traces the toys' history from handmade cloth figures to an American Girl character
After 25 Years at Sea, Shipwrecked Lego Pieces Are Still Washing Ashore on Beaches in England
In 1997, a cargo ship was struck by a rogue wave. Among 62 shipping containers aboard, one contained five million plastic toy bricks
Keeping Tamagotchi Alive
The virtual pet that turned '90s kids into round-the-clock caretakers turned 25 this year
Engineers Pick the Ten Best STEM Toys to Give as Gifts This Year
These expert-approved gifts teach robotics, coding and engineering thinking through stories and play
Which Historical Doll Will Be Crowned the Creepiest?
A Minnesota museum's third annual contest invites the public to vote on which of nine antique toys is the most unsettling
McDonald's Will Offer More Sustainable Happy Meal Toys by 2025
New prizes will be made from renewable, recyclable plastics and cardboard in a shift away from using plastic made from virgin fossil fuels
The Enduring Nostalgia of American Girl Dolls
The beloved line of fictional characters taught children about American history and encouraged them to realize their potential
Take a Virtual Tour of Failed Designs, From the DeLorean to Google Glass
An online exhibition showcases 40 creative flops, including a curvy ping-pong table and a doll dubbed Little Miss No-Name
How PEZ Evolved From an Anti-Smoking Tool to a Beloved Collector's Item
Early in its history, the candy company made a strategic move to find its most successful market
The Ten Best STEM Toys to Give as Gifts in 2020
Tested and reviewed by engineers, these top picks make coding, robotics and engineering more accessible than ever
A Brief History of the Rubik’s Cube
Nearly half a century after its humble invention, the cube continues to be a global sensation. What’s the secret?