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Recycled Wire Toy Truck, Uganda [Photograph]


The photograph shows a boy "driving" an ingeniously simple but functional toy truck made of wire, wood, and what are likely plastic bottlecap wheels. Purchased, often imported toys are very expensive and homemade toys are common in many poorer countries. A father or other relative may compensate for this by making a simple toy out of old cans and wire. Some toys like this are made for sale in urban markets; in Kampala, the sale of homemade toys provides extra income for toy makers and their families. The boy, who appears to be under five years old, was photographed in 2004 with a Polaroid instant camera in a Ugandan village by a British geography teacher on a study tour. How might this toy influence the boy's play? Compare this truck with others—both handmade and mass produced—as well as children's play activities.


Photograph courtesy of Bob Jones former Head of Geography at Alleyne's High School in Stone Staffordshire UK, current affiliation with School of Public Policy and Professional Practice, Keele University from "Images of Uganda," <a class="external" href=""></a> (accessed October 27, 2009).

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"Recycled Wire Toy Truck, Uganda [Photograph]," in Children and Youth in History, Item #385, (accessed August 10, 2021).