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Collection Tier:
Tier 3

Toys and Games ➔ Etch A Sketch

Etch A Sketch was created by André Cassagnes in the late 1950s. It was available for purchase in the United States in 1960. It is one of the most iconic toys of that time period and has stayed relevant thanks in part to being featured in the Toy Story film series. Drawings can be made on the Etch A Sketch by turning the two knobs at the bottom, these drawings can then be erased by shaking it.
circa 1960 – 1970
Plastic, Aluminum
8"" h 9 5/8"" w 1 3/4"" d
Current Location Status:
Education Program
Gift of Rick Overway

Investigate: Toys & Games (June 2018)
During the Investigate program, students will take the role of Museum curators and use close observation and critical thinking to discover the origin, meaning, and importance of real objects from the Museum’s Collection. Students will learn how to handle and study primary sources and will be pushed to consider how singular objects or groups of objects can tell meaningful stories about our place.

  • Students will be able to analyze primary sources (artifacts and photographs) and make inferences about the story or significance of the sources.
  • Students will make inferences about the value or learning lesson of various toys and games that have existed across time and cultures.
Curriculum Connections:
  • NGSS Science and Engineering Practices: Constructing Explanations; Engaging in Argument from Evidence
  • MIchigan K-12 Social Studies Standards: H2 Living and Working Together in Families and Communities, Now and Long Ago, G4 Human Systems, P1 Reading and Communication, P2 Inquiry Research and Analysis

Rick Overway

The Ohio Art Company

Andre Cassagnes
French inventor, creator of the Etch A Sketch
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