Types of Toys and Games: A History

06The history of games and toys dates back thousands of years. Roman children played with clay dollies and hoops. In Ancient Greece ball games were popular, with toys made from animal skin, although kids in those times also had rocking horses and dolls at their disposal.

Toys changed surprisingly little over the centuries: the first dollhouse was created in the 16th century; in the 17th century coloured letters encouraged children to learn the alphabet; in 1767 the first puzzle was created: all products that remain popular to this day!

The industrial revolution saw an explosion in toys, as mass production made things faster and cheaper to produce. What follows is an overview of such “historical” toys.

Board Games

Board games are thought to predate writing in some cultures. The Vikings were known for Tafl, a game which is the predecessor to modern day chess and saw a King moved about a board.

Nowadays board games are a huge part of modern family life, a staple for many at Christmas. The basic goal of most board games remains the same now as back then – to defeat your opponent or other players by winning a position, money or points.

We now have the same concept with modern day electronics, as in computer and online game opportunities.

Videogaming became mainstream in the 1970s and in-home consoles are now prevalent in most households.

The Internet has moved gaming online. You no longer even need your opponent or other player to be in the room, you can play online against other humans, or even against the computer. This possibility includes gambling and casino-based play, so ‘games’ can now be played for money from home. You can also enjoy online gambling with no deposit freespins and play for fun for free.

The nature of games and toys has changed significantly as technology has progressed, but the very original toys or dolls and hoops are still as popular today as when they were first invented. The games available has just grown rather than replace historic games.