Toys have undergone a great transformation with the passage of years!
In ancient Rome and Greece, rattles was a common selection among baby toys. Rattles is a toy commonly prevalent even in present date. This is a toy for very young kids and upon shaking it one makes a pleasant tinkling sound.
In ancient Rome and Greece, clay was one of the materials used to make rattles.
Now in ancient Europe and Sparta, kids were often raised to be fighters. They played with toys such as rattles but upon reaching the age of 3, they were introduced to weapons.
If the kid was going to be an artisan, he was introduced to tools.
This way, kids’ toys were designed in a manner that prepared a child for his life!
From dark to Middle Ages, kids adored wooden toys such as tops, wooden horses and cotton soft toys like puppets. With passage of time and by the 18th century, a new development across the world was mass production of toys. Some of the top toys that were much sought after and loved during the phase were.
- Pictorial alphabet cards
- Board games
- Jigsaw puzzles of maps and images
These toys allowed kids to develop skills such as hand – eye coordination, relating words with images, recognizing colors, shapes and images, and helped them build cognition. So the toys were all designed in accordance with the kids’ age.
However by the advent of 19th century, while the quality of toys was boosted, mass production ensured that the prices reduced. Some of the new developments in construction of toys were.
- Technical toys like steam engines and magic lanterns
- Optical toys like kaleidoscope
A very surprising stat in this regard is that some of the top toys companies in the world started out during this time, around 1890s and 1900s. The top toys then were toy soldiers, farmyards and cowboys.
As we move on to the 20th century, the factor which bought about a significant change in toy industry at every level was advertising. Radio and popular culture had a defining influence over toys. Pricing of toys reduced even further.
A whole lot of toys were created based upon TV heroes. These were purchased at all places in the world. Some of the most common examples in this regard were Thomas the Tank Engine and My Little Pony.
Let’s take an overview of the most famous toys from the contemporary history.
- Barbie – First came into prominence in the year 1959. It was created by Ruth Handler, who named the doll after his daughter Barbara. The doll Ken was named after her son.
- Lego Blocks – LEGO is a Danish invention which first came into prominence in the year 1949.
- Video Games – One of the most adored toys of the 21st century. First video game was released in the year 1952. This was Tic-Tac-Toe.