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School of Toy is Open for Fun

Rick Hartman brings hands-on workshops to hundreds of sites around Puget Sound and beyond each year



Rick Hartman’s School of Toy is a fun-filled state of mind.

PHOTO: JOSHUA HUSTON

For more than 22 years, Seattle’s Rick Hartman (or Mr. Toymaker, as the kids call him) has been making toys and entertaining kids with the School of Toy. While it’s not actually a school, it is an educational spectacle, with hordes of devoted fans. 

The “School of Toy” is a collection of hands-on workshops that Hartman brings to hundreds of sites around Puget Sound and beyond each year. 

“School of Toy is a state of mind, where play, creativity, invention, and ingenuity drive learning and spark the imagination. It’s an unbelievably fun place to hang out — for kids and adults!” says Hartman. 

People love the School of Toy for many reasons — parents love seeing their kids deeply engaged in hands-on learning, while teachers enjoy being able to connect it to their curriculum. Kids love the creativity, humor and surprise, along with the sense of accomplishment. 

PHOTO: JOSHUA HUSTON

Hartman's workshops reach hundreds of kids each year.

“It’s not just about hammering and sawing, although that’s a big part of the fun,” says Hartman. “It’s about dreaming, imagining, problem-solving,
discovering and constructing something of importance. Let’s face it, for many kids, what could be more fun than actually building their own toy that they get to keep, play with, and take home?”

 Hartman puts on more than 200 performances and workshops each year for K-6 schools, festivals, libraries, museums and corporate family events. For his next event, check his website.

www.schooloftoy.com

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