Artifacts. They are powerful tools that, understood correctly, carry rich stories about the people who create them and the places where they are created. Often we imagine artifacts as the province of disciplines such as anthropology or, in earlier years, classes such as history or social studies. However, artifacts are all around us in the world of the young child, and the stories they tell about their creators and contexts are no less interesting when those are children and a classroom, respectively. A variety of research suggests a few things about children’s artifacts.

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