Toys of the Past: Part 4

One of my favorite subjects in school was history. I know! You probably think I’m nuts! But learning about where we originated from and ancient cultures has always intrigued me. Painting pictures in my mind of what life was like without the luxuries we’ve come to take for granted in modern times…. Hot water, electricity, the internet… (Imagining life without internet is worse than any horror movie I’ve seen!).

One of the most fascinating ancient civilizations, to me, was the Ancient Egyptians.  Like Ancient Greece, many children died young and those who survived were married by the age of 12.  Although childhood was short lived the Ancient Egyptians enjoyed a variety of leisure activities and games.

A popular game in Ancient Egypt was the board game, Senet, which translated means the ‘Game of Passing’. It is one of the oldest known board games and the rules of the game are still under debate.  Other games and toys included; wooden dolls, proof of this was found in 1887 when British Archeologist Sir Flinders Petrie discovered an Egyptian doll, which dated back to 1800 BC! Egyptians were also well known for mechanical toys, which they made using string and hinges. Does anyone remember toys, which you would pull by a string, and they would move their legs as you tugged the toy behind you? The Egyptians invented the mechanical crocodile with snapping jaws, which is where our modern day toys originated!

Spinning tops and marbles were also common toys. WowWee recently released a new range of toys based on the simple marble but have given it a monstrous twist to make a historic game more fun!

Have you played Monster Marbles and taken a trip back to the past?

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  1. Thank you for sharing the board game from ancient Egypt. I think that society is very intriguing. They were very advanced for the times. I think the more i learn about it, the more amazing it is to me.

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