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Knowing full well the comforting and healing power of play, The Toy Foundation brings toys and grant funding to children’s charities across North America and around the world. Our work helps children who are sick, in foster care, living on U.S. military bases, impoverished, and facing any number of life’s challenges. By providing children in need with toys and play, we are providing them with a fun and healthy outlet to deal with the adversities they are facing.
Thanks to the generous spirit of the toy industry, we have collected nearly $200 million worth of toys and games for more than 23 million children in need … but millions more children need our help. Join us in our commitment to support kids in need through the magic of play. TTF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation.
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The Strong is a highly interactive, collections-based museum devoted to the history and exploration of play. It is one of the largest history museums in the United States and one of the leading museums serving families. The Strong houses the world's largest and most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play. The Strong's multifaceted array of research, exhibits, and other interpretive and educational activities serve a diverse audience of adults, families, children, students, teachers, scholars, collectors, and others around the globe.
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FIT offers the world’s first and foremost accredited bachelor's degree program in Toy Design. Students learn to create safe toys that entertain, educate, and inspire kids, from infants to tweens. In an environment that simulates a toy industry facility—including a high-tech workshop with a professional model-making shop and a product library of toy catalogues, games, stuffed animals, and toys—they study child development and psychology, design and engineering of hard and soft toys, game design, model making, product materials, and safety considerations. Students create three-dimensional renderings using industry-standard computer applications and learn about the business of toys, from manufacturing to branding and promotion.
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Toy Design majors at Otis College learn to make the toys of tomorrow. A comprehensive design curriculum includes the major categories of plush, preschool, dolls, action figures, toy vehicles, games, and more. Students take courses in child psychology and development, marketing, engineering, model making, digital design, computer rendering, packaging, and presentation. Students start with analog training in conceptual drawing, sculpting, and prototyping, and progress into digital illustration and graphic representation, model making, and rapid prototyping.
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