Mexican toys featured at children's museum

September 27, 2010 (CHICAGO)

The exhibit of Mexican toys features 600 toys including handmade dolls, colorful puppets, marionettes, traditional games, musical instruments, and wood-carved and papier mache animals.

"I think that it's wonderful that they brought the culture from Mexico," said Magali Fernandez.

"We combined the collection of extraordinary folk toys with our own expertise in play and learning and created a full, festive environment," said Jennifer Farrington of the Chicago Children's Museum.

Some of the toys in the exhibit are as old as 100 years old.

"They tell a story, they tell the tradition, they tell the holidays, they tell the everyday events," said Farrington. She said there are "toys to mark different holidays, rituals, rites, celebrations."

Farrington said the toys are truly folk toys and are pre-commercial.

Not only are visitors excited about the toys in the cases, but the museum also helps bring them to life so children can interact with the toys.

One parent said she appreciates it as a way to expose her child to Mexican culture.

The artifacts, dating as far back as 1920 reflect the unique cultures and traditions of Mexico, building on the themes of play and celebration.

The exhibit will be at the museum for the next six months.

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