Published at Wednesday, 16 May 2018. Marberl Run. By Cornelia Love.
Wooden toys go back as far as ancient Greek and Roman civilization with archeologists digging up wooden toys that are shaped like horses dolls and chariots indicating how simple and uncomplicated life was back then. They had also unearthed in Egypt what looked like the wooden version of checkers dating back 4000 years. The first puzzle invented in fact was made of wood and it was invented by John Spilsbury in 1760. A mapmaker by profession Spilsbury glued cut up pieces of a map onto a wooden board with the intention of putting them back together in the soonest possible time.
Wooden toys are becoming popular as gifts for young children as an alternative to the more mass-produced variety of toys. They are safe and designed especially for younger users and are often made of sustainable woods such as rubberwood or even recycled wood. Any paints used are almost always non toxic and often eco friendly too.
Soon after the First World War wooden toys became more reflective of the state the world was in during those times with the invention of wooden cars airplanes trains and fire trucks that became very popular with children everywhere. The fact that wooden toys can be made to represent a way of life increased its popularity more because it made children able to relate to the world around them and adapt to the constant changes.
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