Photos of Children From Around the World With Their Most Prized Possessions

Chiwa – Mchinji, Malawi

Shot over a period of 18 months, Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti‘s project Toy Stories compiles photos of children from around the world with their prized possesions—their toys. Galimberti explores the universality of being a kid amidst the diversity of the countless corners of the world, saying, “at their age, they are pretty all much the same; they just want to play.”

But it’s how they play that seemed to differ from country to country. Galimberti found that children in richer countries were more possessive with their toys and that it took time before they allowed him to play with them (which is what he would do pre-shoot before arranging the toys), whereas in poorer countries he found it much easier to quickly interact, even if there were just two or three toys between them.

There were similarites too, especially in the functional and protective powers the toys represented for their proud owners. Across borders, the toys were reflective of the world each child was born into—economic status and daily life affecting the types of toys children found interest in. Toy Stories doesn’t just appeal in its cheerful demeanor, but it really becomes quite the anthropological study.

Stella – Montecchio, Italy

Pavel – Kiev, Ukraine

Arafa & Aisha – Bububu, Zanzibar

Cun Zi Yi – Chongqing, China

Bethsaida – Port au Prince, Haiti


Botlhe – Maun, Botswana

Watcharapom – Bangkok, Thailand

Alessia – Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy

Norden – Massa, Morocco

Julia – Tirana, Albania

Keynor – Cahuita, Costa Rica

Shaira – Mumbai, India

Tangawizi – Keekorok, Kenya

  • Camryn

    omg I live in brownsville! if you look up (orly-brownsville, texas) and click the first link, then click the photo with the dinosaurs and click more info, you will read the reality of living on a border town. with people getting kidnapped daily and shootings everyday. many of my friends live in mexico and some have experienced kidnappings in their own family. it really is disappointing with all of the violence

  • Winterfox

    There is a game mode solely for the purpose of creativity. Player versus player mode is optional and just because SOME people made a sever does not mean that was what the game was made for. MineCraft has brought me and my friends together in so many ways. We play together and cooperate. We’ve built mansions and even large towns based off of other games or our own neighborhood. While there are options to kill monsters/animals/players, that doesn’t mean its a bad game that promotes killing. MineCraft is a largely fan made game. There are millions of mods that are created by players. They can vary from “Mo’ Animals” to “Explosives+” and are optional for people to download and use as they please. As for MineCraft not being creative, there are mods to make smaller blocks or furniture. The creative mode gives use to all the items in the game. How do you think they created the maps for the Survival Games? Your viewpoint is quite biased as you have only said bad things about the game. I’ll admit there are people who kill for fun or create whole cities of villagers and proceed to blow it up. But that does not represent the whole MineCraft community. So if you’d have done ANY research into your topic, you would know these things.

  • EllenO

    Reality! Deal with it. The Ukrainian kid did not seem overly wealthy.

    Idiot bringing race into it. Go to the mirror and look at the racist there.

  • KJEB

    Yes, I agree. And it’s odd to me that so many people didn’t seem to comprehend that each child’s photos and prized possessions were very reflective of their country and environment. Wasn’t that obvious people? Maybe the little boy from Kiev, Ukraine surrounded himself with the guns because he has experienced the violence and political unrest that has been going on around him. If you were living in that kind of environment as a child, maybe your toys guns would help you feel a little safer.

  • Nixie

    The differences from culture to culture and the similarities are just amazing to see.