not surprising to find that children through the ages have played with toys,
but it is surprising to find that some of our modern toys and games have their
roots way back in the past.
the underlying values of entertainment and learning have remained, the change
has been the way games are presented, wht it’s made of, the way it’s played,
the media used and how is it powered.
10,000 years ago in the Stone Age it’s likely that children would have played
with dolls made from feathers, fur, sticks and clay and probably made gourds
into rattles and invented games with shells, pebbles or seeds.
years ago the Ancient Egyptians’ children played with toy animals, spinning
tops and brightly coloured balls made of papyrus reeds or rags.
Ancient Greece about 2,500 years ago they played with rag dolls and clay models
of people riding on geese or donkeys.
They also played with yo-yos!
toys in Roman Britain were made of wood or rags, but girls’ dolls were often carved
from wood or bone, or made from pottery.
Dolls’ heads may have been covered with human hair. Boys also played with dolls, but these were
of gladiators and had moving limbs - Action Man! Gladiators were like today’s sports stars
having their own following.
enjoyed board games and the favourite was ‘three stones’, a bit like noughts
and crosses while young women used to play knucklebones, something like today’s
of the most popular games of the Middle Ages was Nine Men’s Morris, a board
game for two players still available today in many forms - magnetic, travel
size, wooden or plastic. The Vikings
brought a board game to England called hnefatafl. Sometimes called Viking Chess, the king has
to escape from the centre throne with soldiers and bodyguards battling it out. This game or a very similar version can now be