A unique collection of toys to help growing children walk, read and spell. Shape sorters, Alphabet blocks, and toy typewriters prepare children for school or the adult world. Our collection includes designs by Paul & Majorie Abbatt, Friedrick Froebel and Maria Montessori. 

Alphabet blocks

Alphabet blocks

Most children have played with alphabet blocks at sometime. They are now known as a classic educational toy.

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Ellen Mahon's sampler book

Ellen Mahon's sampler book

Ellen Mahon’s sample book was made between 1852 and 1854. It shows off her embroidery skills

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Rattles

Rattles

Rattles in their most basic form, as simple toys to divert babies, go back to at least the 2nd century BC.

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School abacus

School abacus

The abacus, or counting frame, has been used as a calculating tool since ancient times, and across the world.

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School Days Desk

School Days Desk

This educational play desk, produced by Fisher-Price from 1972 to 1990, contains a compendium of educational aids and toys.

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Spelling blocks

Spelling blocks

This educational set was produced for an older child to help learn spelling and calculations.

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Patrick Rylands Cool Cat

The V&A online shop stocks a distinctive and refreshingly different range for children, big and little, then and now, including toys, games, books and accessories.

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Tel: +44 (0)20 8983 5200 | V&A Museum of Childhood, Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA