I have fond memories of my childhood… the toys, the games, playing outside until it was too dark to see. I was born and raised in the UK and although we loved playing outside it wasn’t always possible with the wet and windy weather England is world renowned for. We were however, lucky to have, at our disposal, a vast amount of toys, games and gadgets to entertain ourselves with indoors.
Even though we had enough toys and games to fill a small country… we always wanted more. My dad would say, “We didn’t have that when I was young… you should count yourselves lucky”.
We took everything for granted! We really did believe that a man with a white beard and a red suit came down the chimney once a year to deliver us gifts (even though we didn’t actually have a chimney…). I now realize just how lucky we were, and just how hard my parents had to work to buy us things to keep us happy (and quiet).
I’ve always been intrigued by history, and remembering my dad’s words all those years ago prompted not only a trip down memory lane, but a desire to research toys of the past.
Did ancient civilizations have toys? What was the first toy? Where does the term toy even come from?
More to come…