The History of Toys
The first Frisbees were used to cook pies!

The History of Toys

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Young children in elementary school are encouraged to see the difference between the past and the present. One area which can be used to demonstrate this is that of toys. The toys children play with today are very different to those which their parents and grandparents may have played with. Young children are already more technologically advanced than many adults and may be amazed to discover the 'low tech' toys their ancestors enjoyed!

Try this quiz to learn the difference between toys of the past and of the present.

1.
What was the original use for Play-Doh?
A pen holder
A bathing product
A wallpaper cleaner
A picture hanger
It's use as a toy was discovered accidentally!
2.
In Ancient Greece, boys played ball games with something unusual. What was it?
An inflated pig's bladder
A sheep's brain
A cow's eyeball
A rolled up squirrel
Only boys went to school in Ancient Greece, girls stayed at home to cook and clean
3.
A blockbusting film released in the 1970s saw action figure toys sell like hot cakes. What was the film?
Star Wars
Toy Story
Up
Monsters Inc.
The toys and figures are still very popular today, especially as more films are set to be released
4.
What was the first game to use our bodies as playing pieces?
Bop-it
Monopoly
Cluedo
Twister
The game was quite controversial - people weren't sure if it was a good idea or not!
5.
In 1767, an inventor called John Spilsbury made the first what?
Doll's baby carriage
Jigsaw puzzle
Bat and ball
Set of marbles
He intended to teach geography by cutting maps into pieces but soon people began making jigsaws for entertainment
6.
In 1950, a construction toy was invented which most of us have played with. What was it?
Lego
Meccano
Stickle Bricks
K'nex
To begin with, Lego was quite unpopular as people preferred wooden toys!
7.
Why is a teddy bear called a teddy bear?
It's the best name for a bear
Because Freddy bear sounds silly
So you don't mix it up with a doll
It was named after an American President
Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt refused to shoot a bear on a hunting trip and teddy bears are named after him
8.
What was the Frisbee first used for?
Storing marbles
Feeding pets
Holding plants
Baking pies
The Frisbee was originally a metal pie tin made by the Frisbee Baking Company in America
9.
What was the first toy to be advertised on television?
Furby
Barbie
Lego
Mr Potato Head
This toy was invented in the 1950s and became even more popular after the movie 'Toy Story'
10.
Where was the first doll's house made?
America
China
Italy
Germany
The first doll's houses belonged to wealthy ladies who had replicas made of their own homes
Author:  Angela Smith

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