Our special collections support research, but who says you can’t have fun while learning? Here are some ways to take a break and refocus by engaging with our rare book, manuscript, and archival collections. Share with us on Facebook or Instagram.

Take the Toymaker Challenge

Follow this set of instructional toymaker cards created by illustrator Kate Angus in the early 1930s to make your own vintage toys. The cards were designed to provide children with afternoons of fun by using common and inexpensive household objects to make toys.

Watch a video with Special Collections librarian Heidi Herr about how to make a matchbox ship

Read a blog post about the #JHUMakesToys Challenge

diagram for making a model village

Color our Collections

Check out our coloring book featuring images from our rare book collections. Share your creations by tagging #JHUAtHome.