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toy is an item that can be used for play Toys are generally played with by children and pets. Playing with toys is an enjoyable means of training the young for life in society. Different materials are used to make toys enjoyable to both young and old. Many items are designed to serve as toys, but goods produced for other purposes can also be used.


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Toys buying guide


A toy buying guide can be a great way to make sure you're making smart buying decisions on items that will really last. Toys these days are not as cheap as they used to be and some are costlier than the high-tech gadgets you find in the market these days. This makes it quite difficult for parents to satisfy their kids by getting the toys they want. It becomes a really expensive affair when going out with your kids to buy toys for them.

Here are five tips you can follow every time you're out shopping.


1) Choose the Right Age Range


It's absolutely essential that you choose age appropriate items for your child. Pretty much all manufacturers will recommend the age group to which their toy is targeted, but you should also use your own common sense and knowledge of your child to make the right choice. For example, if you have an older child that still puts a lot of things in their mouth then you'll need to exercise caution.


If you want to get the most out of your toys and save some money, then a great tip in this toy buying guide is to buy a toy that spans multiple age ranges. This way your toy can still be used when they grow up (though it may be harder to find toys like this)!


2) Choose Hot Toys That Will Last


If you want to buy toys that your children will love then a lot of toy buying guides will tell you to shop from "hot toy" lists, for example the lists of popular toys that manufacturers release before Christmas. Although this is a good idea for making sure your child is happy, you'll want to go beyond this a little and think about whether the toy is still going to be hot in a few months, or even a few years’ time. Spend a little time thinking about this and you'll help make sure the toys you buy are worth the cost.


3) Follow Toy Safety Guidance Advice


You want to make sure that all the toys you buy are safe as well as fun, so for this reason any toy buying guide has to include something about toy safety. For a start, you don't want to buy any toys that contain materials such as lead, or some unsafe plastics. You also want to check for recalls on toy association websites, and thoroughly inspect toys yourself to make sure there are no parts that could fall off and cause your child to choke.


4) Buy Durable and Well Made Toys


Sometimes, buying fewer toys but toys that are better made and more durable really is the best choice!


5) Choose Open Ended Toys to Save Money


Some toys are more "open ended" than others, meaning they have a number of different uses. They could be simple items that can be played with many ways - you may have to use your imagination to think about the different ways in which your child might play with a toy!

More about Toys


The origin of toys is prehistoric; dolls representing infants, animals, and soldiers, as well as representations of tools used by adults are readily found at archaeological sites. The origin of the word "toy" is unknown, but it is believed that it was first used in the 14th century. Toys are mainly made for children


At the moment, toys can be dated back as far as 3,000 years ago. The most interesting fact about the history of toys comes from how they were made. Many children played and acted out what they were accustomed to in their culture. For instance, boys would mimic being soldiers with having shields made of wood to protect them and long sticks would become their version of swords or guns. Little girls would draw from their imagination what they saw mothers do such as tending to younger siblings, cleaning, sewing and cooking and teaching.


Native American Toys


Early Native American settlers had toys such as bows & arrows, whistles, fishing poles and dolls, all of which were carved from wood or whittled by sharp knives. These were handcrafted and distinct to each tribe based on the beads and thread they used. Some children used vivid imaginations to create a doll out of corncobs and stalks. It wasn't until the late 1800's to early 1900's that American children would be introduced to toys that were manufactured.




Some games that early American children were introduced to were Rolling Hoops, Nine pins, Flying Circle and Tops which came from Dutch settlers. These toys were in every house in America just as skipping rocks were close to a creek. These toys were relatively easy to hand carve or create with the tools and talents a member of someone in the household would have.


Most children beyond toddler years had few toys to play with, if any. Some toys that were often on farms were wooden toy hammers, stilts, carved farm animals and carved food. This was a past time event for children to pretend play.


Board Games


Board Games became a favourite past time event long before technology took over. Image the dawn of the day ending and a lantern used as a nightlight hovering at the kitchen table. Father and son sitting near one another and challenging each other in a game of checkers. Wooden board games were very popular and were introduced to Americans by Roman settlers. Games similar to tic-tac-toe have been etched into the walls and floors of the Roman Empire. Modern games from India like checkers and chess were popular as well.


Jigsaw Puzzles


Another past time adventure is Jigsaw Puzzles. Created from an Englishmen mapmaker were pieces that when put together formed a picture. You can spend hours and days putting together a puzzle and then pulling it apart and putting together again. Early puzzles were made from wood. No matter what your favourite part about our history of toys are, enjoy our past and bring it to the future.