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Toys at the heart of Montshire exhibit

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From the Hungry Hungry Hippos to an Etch-A-Sketch, toys are taken apart for kids in the Upper Valley.

"This is my favorite one yet because you get to measure the speed pedometer and you get to do science experiments," said 9-year-old Dylan Bearce.

Other childhood favorites, like a Jack-in-the-box has a camera inside to show exactly what makes it sing.  However, words are not needed for the magic it inspires.

The exhibit is called "Toys, the inside story."  It was created by the Montshire Museum several years ago and is back open just in time for the holidays.  Its mission, like the museum itself, to engage kids on how things work in a fun creative way.  

"That was the whole idea of this exhibition -- talking about mechanisms, pulleys, gears, cams -- things like that. But toys is a great introduction to that for families because toys are sometimes very mysterious," said the Montshire's Bob Raiselis.

Do you want to know how Elmo dances? One 4-year-old who has some moves of her own, already does.   Parents also appreciate the fun.  After all, who doesn't love a good toy?  "The child in all of us always wants to play with the toys.  Even some of the ones that I grew up with as a kid -- Operation game --  you can now see how it really works, so it is a lot of fun," said Lynne Kenney of Andover, N.H.

And some toys, like Mr. Machine, go back even further.  

An exhibit that's full of energy, and where goofing around is the goal.  "I like to play around and learn things," Bearce said.

The toys will be on exhibit through January 21st, unless of course they end up under the Christmas tree in the meantime.

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