Our Toys Then and Now. By Kathleen Anderson Berry Shoals Intermediate School 2003. Play is important. Play helps children learn how to be in the world. Play is a child’s work. Toys are the tools. Children long ago played with toys a lot like the ones they play with today.
Then and Now
By Kathleen Anderson
Berry Shoals Intermediate School
Play helps children learn how to be in the world.
Play is a child’s work.
Toys are the tools.
a lot like the ones they play with today.
It is made of gold and ivory. It had crystal eyes, could move its legs, and could be stood on a display stand.
The Kouros may be the oldest action figure in the world.
It is a relic of Minoan Crete.
It dates from about 1500 BCE, more than 3500 years ago!
Many action figures today are plastic. They are not very valuable, but they are very durable, and many have moving parts.
It is made
of solid gold.
It was found in Ireland, and it is about 3000 years old.
The boat is very simple, but it has everything it needs to function just like a real boat.
It has a mast, a rudder, oars, seats
and even a boathook.
She might have needed them in the afterlife.
They were made about 2500 years ago.
The cat is mechanical.
It opens and closes its mouth.
Parts of its legs move.
The doll is made from rags, and it is stuffed with papyrus.
the Harappan period of ancient Mesopotamia,
about 2300-2200 BCE.
Similar carts are still used in rural areas
of Pakistan, Iraq, and India.
just like the real thing!
This is a 1957 tin Marx Fire Engine.
It has a swiveling extension ladder that really works.
Vehicles give children a feeling of freedom and independence.
Looks kind of like a tricycle, doesn’t it?
just like the big one his dad uses.
This little girl takes her stuffed animals for a ride. Someday, maybe she’ll be driving her children
to their dance classes and ball practice..
It makes them feel powerful and important.
Putting on a costume is like becoming someone else. It’s a chance to try on a different role.
These kids have created a great parade.
Maybe someday they will become Shriners.
These young Nez Perces girls posed here with their dolls and miniature cradleboards.
Why do you think girls everywhere like dolls?
Who wants a slice of mud pie?
the perfect way to take your doll for a walk in 1950.
Baby Doll with Bisque china head, 1920
Plains Indian beaded leather doll, 1880
What similar toy do children still play with today?
The dolls can be arranged
just like the real people in the family.
just like real furniture.
It can be very expensive.
Building a model takes patience and a steady hand.
Someday, they may build real ships.
Children in ancient Egypt played team sports just as children do today.
There was no mulch, only cement,
so you didn’t want to fall!
This is a rooftop playground. Playgrounds like this became popular in New York in the 1920’s.
When do you imagine this picture was taken?
This boy is looking in a toy store window. There are so many things to want!.
These are the toys your grandparents wanted!
The American Memory Collection of the Library of Congress.