Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti posed a very interesting, yet basic question to kids around the world: What’s your most prized possession?
His 18-month photography project entitled Toy Stories showcases that kids from all over the globe have at least one thing in common. “At their age, they are pretty all much the same; they just want to play,” Gabriele told Feature Shoot.
Gabriele found that while most kids love toys — from stuffed animals to toy cars to dolls — it’s the how they play part that differs from country to country. For example, Gabriele noted that kids in richer countries were more possessive with their toys and took longer to let him play with them, but in the poorer countries, the children were much more eager to share, even if there were only a few toys present.
So what does this mean? It might mean those of us with playrooms crammed full of toys probably have kids who would be just as happy with half as much. Some children might even benefit more from owning just a few things, teaching them a lesson in appreciation and sharing at a younger age.
This is not to say that most parents in the U.S. are doing anything wrong — after all, we’re conditioned to give our children the best we can, and for many, that means buying the latest and greatest toy we see on TV, on top 10 best toys lists, or on the advice of other parents.
On the other hand, it might be a tremendous lesson in responsible parenting to make sure that our kids know that having a few prized possessions is just as important, if not more so, than a room full of things they don’t care too much about. And even more important is giving to those less fortunate than you. It’s certainly something to think about.
Click through the gallery to see some of Gabriele’s stunning photographs: