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    History's most popular christmas toys for children

    I remember toy trucks and Lincoln logs and erector sets and train sets and stuff.

    HISTORY'S MOST POPULAR CHRISTMAS TOYS FOR CHILDREN

    The Ancient Egyptians are known to have given their children toys, such as dolls with hair and moveable limbs, spinning tops and wooden animals....

    In Ancient Greece and Rome, children were given bows and arrows, yo-yos and dolls to play with. In Ancient Greek society, children were expected to burn their toys as a sacrifice to the gods when they came of age. It was also a custom for girls to offer their childhood dolls to temples on the eve of their weddings, usually around the age of 14.

    During the Medieval period, craftsmanship improved, and trade routes opened across Europe and Asia. This led to toys and games crossing borders and continents like never before. Intricately carved knights and castles were often given to the children of the rich, reflecting the era’s obsession with combat and chivalry. If children of the poor were given any toys at all, they were crude affairs, such as dolls made from scraps of cloth and straw.

    The first board games also made an appearance during the Middle Ages. Games such as chess and backgammon...

    The Enlightenment era of the 17th and 18th centuries saw the introduction of puppets, hoops, kites and spinning wheels, as well as more educational toys and games like puzzles and building blocks that reflected the intellectual pursuits of the time....

    The mass production of cheap toys during the Industrial Revolution meant more children than ever before were given the chance to play with toys, though not, of course, all children....

    Popular toys of the era included tin soldiers, porcelain-headed dolls and clockwork toys such as train sets.

    The 20th century saw the introduction of a material that changed the world of children’s toys forever - plastic. This gave birth to two of the most popular toys of all time. Firstly, in 1947, the Danish company Lego began manufacturing multi-coloured interlocking plastic bricks. ...

    Secondly, in the 1950s, the German doll Lilli inspired a behemoth of the toy world - Barbie....

    The other significant development of the 20th century was the introduction of electronic toys and games, in particular, the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985. ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris View Post
    I remember toy trucks and Lincoln logs and erector sets and train sets and stuff.

    HISTORY'S MOST POPULAR CHRISTMAS TOYS FOR CHILDREN
    The Ancient Egyptians are known to have given their children toys, such as dolls with hair and moveable limbs, spinning tops and wooden animals....

    In Ancient Greece and Rome, children were given bows and arrows, yo-yos and dolls to play with. In Ancient Greek society, children were expected to burn their toys as a sacrifice to the gods when they came of age. It was also a custom for girls to offer their childhood dolls to temples on the eve of their weddings, usually around the age of 14.

    During the Medieval period, craftsmanship improved, and trade routes opened across Europe and Asia. This led to toys and games crossing borders and continents like never before. Intricately carved knights and castles were often given to the children of the rich, reflecting the era’s obsession with combat and chivalry. If children of the poor were given any toys at all, they were crude affairs, such as dolls made from scraps of cloth and straw.

    The first board games also made an appearance during the Middle Ages. Games such as chess and backgammon...

    The Enlightenment era of the 17th and 18th centuries saw the introduction of puppets, hoops, kites and spinning wheels, as well as more educational toys and games like puzzles and building blocks that reflected the intellectual pursuits of the time....

    The mass production of cheap toys during the Industrial Revolution meant more children than ever before were given the chance to play with toys, though not, of course, all children....

    Popular toys of the era included tin soldiers, porcelain-headed dolls and clockwork toys such as train sets.

    The 20th century saw the introduction of a material that changed the world of children’s toys forever - plastic. This gave birth to two of the most popular toys of all time. Firstly, in 1947, the Danish company Lego began manufacturing multi-coloured interlocking plastic bricks. ...

    Secondly, in the 1950s, the German doll Lilli inspired a behemoth of the toy world - Barbie....

    The other significant development of the 20th century was the introduction of electronic toys and games, in particular, the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985. ...
    I would put up the rag doll as one of the oldest toys ever. It dates back to at least 300 BC and probably goes as far back as woven cloth itself, which is not to say that dolls wouldn't have been made from scraps of animal hides before that. The oldest toy is probably a stick. Since children's play is typically some form of mimicry of adult activities, the doll, for little girls, mimics mother and baby, while the stick, for boys, would mimic the spear and hunting. Which is not to say that little girls might not also join in on the pretend hunting games or that little boys didn't "play house" in whatever role the dominant child chose for them - poor little brothers with domineering big sisters. LOL
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