Contributor post by Catherine from DesignsbyCnC
The children of the world have been playing with some form of toy or another since the dawn of time. The earliest toys were made from materials found in nature, such as rocks, sticks, and clay. Before the 20th century, children did not have much time to play. They were expected to help their parents doing simple jobs around the house or in the fields.
As our attitudes toward children began to change, toys became more widespread. Children began to be seen as people and that they had a right to flourish and enjoy their childhood. Many new toys were invented in the 20th century such as tin cars, train sets and teddy bears. As wages were rising steadily, working-class families were now able to afford toys for their children. Toy manufacturers were able to provide the supply to meet this rising demand due to improved industrial techniques of precision engineering and mass production.
Intellectual emphasis was also increasingly being placed on the importance of a wholesome and happy childhood. Toys have played an important role in human development. They provide entertainment while fulfilling an educational role.
I posed the question “What was your favorite childhood toy?” to members of the Christmas In July Team.
The Global Vintage Shop shared this:
Kids in the 1960’s went skateboarding on smaller planks with steel wheels!
In the streets, on the sidewalks, down driveways…it meant hours of fun.
Rubber squeaking toys were “must have” in each Soviet home in 1970-80’s. They were hard to find in shops and every second soviet kid (and not only kid) was passionate collector of squeekers! I was not exception here, lol!