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Kids At Every Economic Status Share Their Favorite Toy

No matter where you grow up, kids will be kids. They love to play and can pretty much find joy in anything. As you read this and reflect on your own childhood toys, you probably think of Barbies, Legos, toy cars, Nintendo, board games, and things like that. But for many of these kids, everyday household items became favorite pasttimes.

Another Day On Dollar Street

Dollar Street is a program funded by The Gapminder Foundation, a nonprofit located in Sweden. Their goal is to increase understanding of social and economic development around the world through photography. They went into hundreds of homes to showcase favorite toys. Some homes had monthly incomes as low as $45. One boy from Cote d’Ivoire shows an old, tattered shoe as his favorite toy.

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Maybe We Are Similar

One young Indian boy shared a plastic water bottle as his favorite toy. In Haiti, a family made a toy car out of recycled plastic. Young boys from a Nigerian home loved playing with wooden sticks. What Dollar Street came to find out is that despite the low income, these children still love to play. They are not so different from any other child.

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Middle Of The Road

Once the incomes began to rise, toys began looking more like what we are used to seeing. This group of people made anywhere from $200 to $600 per month. In Columbia, a young girl said her cat was her favorite toy. One Filipino child’s favorite toy is a plastic doll. Others held their stuffed animals and claimed them as their favorites.

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What Money Can Buy

The parents of these children had even higher incomes. They made closer to $1,000 per month. The difference in income played a huge part in the materials available. This is where we start to see technology come into play. A young teen in the Ukraine chose his cell phone as his favorite. One Cambodian boy’s favorite toy was his puppy. In Jordan, a girl claimed a tablet as her favorite.

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Same Same But Different

These kids lived in the highest paid homes where incomes expanded over $3,000. In a Mexican home, the favorite toy was an electric guitar. In China, a young boy preferred his model tank and in the U.S., an iPhone was chosen. But maybe we are all more similar than we are different. Anna Rosling Rönnlund said, “It makes the world less scary to see that most people struggle with everyday business most of the time and they are not so exotic.”

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