Toys and games have been discovered on the sites of ancient civilizations and have been described in some literary writings. The first toys were made from materials found in nature, such as rocks, sticks, and clay. Thousands of years ago, Egyptian children played with dolls wearing wigs and moving limbs made of stone, ceramic or wood. In ancient Greece and ancient Rome, children played with wax or terracotta dolls, sticks and yo-yo. Boys specifically, played with bows and arrows or had fun racing small carts.
Closer to home, many types of toys have been part of our elder’s childhood and generations before them. The holiday season offers an opportunity to take a look at the past, and the Museum's collection of old toys is well-suited for this purpose.
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