Toys have been around for quite a while now. The origin of toys is prehistoric; dolls representing
infants, animals, and soldiers, as well as representations of tools used by adults are readily found at
archaeological sites. The origin of the word "toy" is unknown, but it is believed that it was first used
in the 14th century. The oldest known doll toy is thought to be 4,000 years old. Now that’s old.
Most children have been said to play with whatever they can find, such as sticks and rocks. Toys and games
have been unearthed from the sites of ancient civilizations. They have been written about in some of the oldest
literature. The Indus Valley Civilization (3010–1500 BCE) is claimed to be one of the most advanced of its time
and after excavation they found toys which included small carts, whistles shaped like birds, and toy monkeys which
could slide down a string.
The earliest toys are made from materials found in nature, such as rocks, sticks, and clay. Thousands of years ago,
Egyptian children played with dolls that had wigs and movable limbs which were made from stone, pottery, and wood. In
Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, children played with dolls made of wax, sticks, bows and arrows, and yo-yos.
The oldest known mechanical puzzle also comes from Greece and appeared in the 3rd century BCE. The game consisted of
a square divided into 14 parts, and the aim was to create different shapes from these pieces. In Iran "puzzle-locks" were
made as early as the 17th century (AD).
As time passed by, toys got more advanced. With a growing demand for better quality and more varieties. Today every
household has a toy and toy is an important part of every individuals childhood.