The Toy Society is a craft/street art project spreading love throughout the streets of the world. According to its website, "The Toy Society is all about giving you a 'something for nothing' experience. Every Toy Society toy 'dropped' around the world is handmade. You can read about the drops and finds at http://thetoysociety.blogspot.com/."
The first step was to make a toy. I made a little hand-embroidered bear from a felted wool sweater. The bear has a green bow around its neck.
Handmade toy I created with a felted sweater
and cotton embroidery floss.
Envelope with hand-written note.
The next step is to print the letter explaining the purpose of The Toy Society and what the finder should do once s/he finds the toy. I found an image from a vintage children's book and glued that onto green paper and put the note from The Toy Society by it.
Letter explaining The Toy Society and
what to do when the toy is found.
Once all the components are ready, Iplaced them in a sealable plastic bag. I hole-punched one corner and put a green ribbon through it so I could attach it to the item where I was placing it. We chose a little "Customer in Training" cart at Cub Foods (a grocery store) near where we lived.
Olivia by the "Customer in Training" cart
where the toy is waiting for its own owner.
I chose Cub as the first drop-off point for a couple of reasons:
(1) It's going to snowing and be relatively cold over the next few days. I didn't want the toy and the contents getting damaged (even though the bag was sealed. Also, fewer children seem to be playing outside compared to the summer; and
(2) When my dad had Alzheimer's Disease and was still able to go to the grocery store (up until September 2011), the employees at Cub near where he lived were always so kind and compassionate towards him. When he no longer could count money, he simply would open his wallet to cashiers he would recognize and trust that they would take only the money for the groceries (which they did).
The employees at Cub's grocery store and pharmacy near him always listened to my dad and made him feel valued...even when he lost the ability to communicate effectively. I wanted the first toy drop to be in a place that had special meaning for our family, and in memory of my dad who died earlier this month (on January 5th).
The toy ready to be discovered by
a young "Customer in Training."
So the toy is waiting in the little cart, ready to be discovered. Hopefully, the new owner will enjoy playing with her/his new teddy bear.
Area with small carts for children.
We're wondering who will find the bear!