Toy History

The manufacturing of blocks began in the late 18th century, although children played with homemade blocks and built with natural materials many centuries before this. Blocks and construction toys, modular in form and open-ended in use, have always been associated with "learning" and "education." Karen Hewitt, designer and founder of LMW, has researched this subject, curating several exhibitions on the history of educational and architectural toys, with accompanying exhibition catalogs.

Educational Toys in America:1800 to the Present (pdf)
Toying with Architecture: The Building Toy in the Arena of Play (pdf)