Welcome to Folk Art for Children

Vignette with 19th century hooded cradle, varnished dresser, and drop leaf table and chairs.

Vignette with 19th century hooded cradle, varnished dresser, and drop leaf table and chairs.

Open FOLK ART FOR CHILDREN. You have just lifted the lid of an amazing toy box filled with American folk art made to entertain children. Delight in the magic of 180 years of handmade children’s toys. Step into the artist’s world to view folk art from a unique perspective, through the eyes of folk toy makers. Delve into the social and economic forces that influenced and defined toy design.  It is lavishly illustrated with toy-sized examples of our material culture and the decorative arts, created between 1760 and1940. Beware; folk toys captivate the observer. They will steal your heart. Experience the magic of each artist’s creative exuberance and artistic genius. Chapters include:

  • THE FARMSTEAD IN PLAY SCALE: Barns, Animals and Equipment
  • DOLLS: Three Dimensional Folk Portraits
  • QUILTS FOR DOLLS: Graphic Design with Fabric
  • FURNITURE, FURNISHINGS, AND DECORATIVE OBJECTS MADE FOR CHILDREN AND DOLLS
  • ARCHITECTURE FOR CHILDREN: Dollhouses and a Store
  • FOLK ART ON THE MOVE, OTHER TOYS, AND SOFT SCULPTURES
  • SCISSORS, PAPER, AND GLUE: Paper Dolls

Readers will be introduced to an area of folk art collecting about which little has been written. This book fills an empty niche as a resource book for collectors of American folk art, antiques, toys, dolls, doll houses, paper dolls, and Americana. It addresses dating objects and examines economic and social influences that molded the artist’s creative expression. The reader will embark on a journey to discover types of handmade toys that have entertained children for one hundred and eighty years. On that journey recapture the illusive magic of childhood. Toys were designed to bring happiness, provide a learning experience, and to make children smile. I suspect you will too.

Punch playing marbles, circa 1890-1900Explore this exciting area of folk art collecting, through the first book to study handmade American folk toys as an art form. Experience the social and economic forces that influenced and defined American folk toy design. Enjoy toy objects that uniquely preserve and document America’s decorative arts and material culture. Delight in a collection of captivating toys that includes: regional toy barns, hand carved teams of horses and other farm animals, farm equipment, dolls, doll clothing, Amish dolls and animals, quilts, period doll furniture, toy household furnishings, miniature redware, dollhouses, Victorian parlor room box, toy grocery store, action toys, soft sculpture animals, paper dolls, and more.

The inventive genius of the American Folk Artist is apparent in toys they created for children, as well as full scale objects they made for profit and pleasure. Dare to take childish delight in the discovery of unusual toys. Immerse yourself in the handsome illustrations. Enjoy the exuberance, joy, and dynamic simplicity of these captivating childhood treasures. Pack your bags for the land of make believe. Experience the magic of folk art made for children.

Harlequin acrobat

Harlequin acrobat