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Building Museum looks history of play with blocks

Saturday - 11/17/2012, 7:34am  ET

WASHINGTON - The National Building Museum in Washington is opening a new hands-on exhibit focused on building blocks and the history of architectural toys.

The new installation, "Play, Work, Build," opens Sunday at the museum as part of a collaboration with the design firm Rockwell Group.

The museum has pulled items from its collection of more than 2,300 sets of architectural and construction toys to explore the history of play with blocks. Some of the earliest American construction toys include alphabet blocks made in the 1870s and building blocks made in the 1860s.

Visitors then can test their building skills with foam blocks designed by the Rockwell Group in different shapes and sizes. The firm's "Imagination Playground" has been installed in 600 locations around the world.

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