Published at Saturday, May 12th 2018. by Imogene Lowe in Marberl Run.
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.
There are a wide variety of wooden toys available which can suit all ranges. Young children may appreciate for example play vehicles like fire engines stacking bricks and rings and miniature play sets. Older children may prefer marble runs build sets and even creative items such as carpenter sets.
The best toy for girls ages 5-10 are American Girl dolls. They are quite pricey in the $100 range but they are made from very high quality materials that are made to last. Many dolls last for them to pass on to their kids. They are fun to read about (each one comes with a historical book with the doll in the story) learn about and to dress up and play with their friends. There are many off brand dolls and doll clothes that can be purchased for a fraction of the price. Target sells an Our Generation Doll for $30 and Little Adventures sells 18\" doll clothes for $16.
They come natural or we can put a clear finish on them and they all come with a handmade bag of marbles except the wooden ball roller which comes with 12 balls.
There are also different types of toys that can be used in different situations for example outdoor games and construction sets that are also made of the same material are given as gifts. While these may not be so practical in winter they can often make an enjoyable summer activity.
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