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   “Maudy” 3 years old from Kalulushi, Zambiachildren from around the world show off their toys "Maudy" 3 years old from Kalulushi, Zambia

Holly Williams for Art-Sheep

It is a fact generally known that children’s toys are very important for their development and the way their perception of the world, society and their sense of self is shaped. However, it is not only a children’s character that is reflected in their choice of playthings, but also their parents views and expectations and, ultimately, society’s condition, state and stereotypes.

In Gabriele Galimberti‘s though-provoking series of photographs, Toy Stories, children from around the world are captured in the midst of all the things they play with. Set in each child’s neighborhood or personal space, the series provides viewers with an interesting insight in childhood and the different condition each young person grows up in and, most importantly, succeeds in making us realize just how important our childhood environment is in our development.

“Mikkel” 3 years old from Bergen, Norway

children from around the world show off their toys: mikkel, 3 years old, bergen, norway

“Julius” 3 years old from Lausanne, Switzerland

children from around the world show off their toys: julian, 3 years old from lausanne, switzerland

“Tyra” 3 years old from Stockholm, Sweden

children from around the world show off their toys: tyra 3 years old from stockholm, sweden

“Niko” 5 years old from Homer, Alaska

children from around the world show off their toys: niko 5 years old from homer, alaska

“Enea” 3 years old from Boulder, Colorado

children from around the world show off their toys: enea 3 years old from boulder, colorado

“Naya” 3 years old from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

children from around the world show off their toys: naya 3 years old from Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica

“Lauren” 6 years old from Muskoka, Canada

children from around the world show off their toys: lauren 6 years old from muskoka, canada

“Shotaro” 5 years old from Osaka, Japan

children from around the world show off their toys: shotaro 5 years old from osaka, japan

“Taha” 4 years old from Beirut, Lebanon

children from around the world show off their toys: taha 4 years old from beirut, lebanon

 

“Chiwa” 4 years old from Mchinji, Malawai

children from around the world show off their toys: chiwa 4 years old from mchinji, malawai

“Pavel” 5 years old from Kiev, Ukraine

children from around the world show off their toys: pavel 5 years old from kiev, ukraine

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