Toys have been around for a long time. The earliest toys were made using materials that are commonly found in nature, such as clay, sticks and rocks. Ancient Egyptian children who lived thousands of years ago played with dolls that were the forerunners of modern day action figures. These dolls had limbs that could be moved into different positions. They were made from wood, pottery and stone. In Ancient Rome and Ancient Greece, it was common to see children playing with yo-yos, bows, arrows and dolls made out of ivory, bone, cloth and clay. There was a tradition where children would sacrifice their toys to the gods when they came of age. Young girls would often perform this toy sacrifice in a temple on the eve of their wedding. It was considered a rite of passage into adulthood.
Technology has advanced tremendously over thousands of years. It is no surprise that toys have become more advanced as well. Toys are very rarely made from natural materials anymore, unless they are toys in remote villages or impoverished areas. Now many toys are made from synthetic materials, such as cloth and plastic. It is also common for toys to use batteries as a power source. In ancient civilizations, toys were usually made by a child’s parents, giving the toy a more significant meaning to the child. Children also made their own toys during this time period. Modern toys are mass produced and sold in retail stores around the world.
One of the biggest examples of the ways in which toys have changed over thousands of years can be found in dolls. These are some of the most universal and oldest of all toys. The most primitive and earliest dolls were nothing more than bundles of grass and carvings made of wood. Egyptian dolls were the first in history to have joints. The 1900s saw the introduction of dolls that could say simple words and phrases. In today’s world, doll technology has advanced to the point where dolls have libraries of thousands of phrases they can say that are stored on a memory chip inside the doll. Modern dolls can also recognize the voice of their owner, as well as identify certain objects. What toys are able to do has changed dramatically over the years, as have the materials that are used to manufacture them. However, children’s love for toys around the world has not changed.