Go to any toy store and you can see two categories of toys. One category would be those toys which existed when you were a child and when your father was a child and also when his father was a child. These are the toys that were invented a long time ago and continue to attract children of different countries and cultures. These toys are called the classic toys. They still are popular in their wooden form. They still are popular as classic wooden toys. The other category consists of toys that never existed when you were a kid and which you find it difficult to understand despite being an adult.
A quick trip down memory lane is sufficient to list the popular classic wooden toys.
The most popular classic wooden toy is an icon. Every kid, at some point of time or the other, has wanted to become a soldier. Every kid knew that the best part of being a soldier was that you could ride horses. That is the reason why every kid loved the wooden horse. All he or she needed was an imaginary sword and he or she was a heroic general saving the world. This toy was and still is the most popular classic wooden toy.
Although men do not admit it, they too loved playing with dolls. They loved the whole setup- the wooden dolls, the wooden doll houses, the wooden doll furniture, the wooden kitchen sets, the wooden puppet theatre, the wooden carts etc. All children, whether male or female, love playing with dolls. Some grow out of them but nobody forgets them. Wooden dolls are another example of classic wooden toys.
Another popular classic wooden toy is the wooden train on the wooden tracks. You may have memories of fighting with you father and your elder siblings to play with this toy. You never grow out of this classic toy. Boys will always love to play with the wooden trains on its wooden tracks.
Every toy contributes to the development of the children. However, one classic wooden toy that is indispensable for the development of the children is the wooden building block. Wooden blocks introduce the children to the new world where their imagination and their creativity are not fettered by the chains of reality.
The classic wooden toys are very simple and very functional. There are no rules to be remembered and no method to be followed. All that is needed is imagination and the toys help you on the way.
Kids have played with these classic toys for centuries now and yet have not become tired of them. The classic toys have remained true to the basic rule that all toys must comply with. Toys are mere objects. It is the imagination of the children that converts them into objects of entertainment and amusement. They are means to an end, the end being the amusement and the development of the children.
Another popular classic wooden toy is the ‘Yo-Yo’. A simple toy consisting of a round object wrapped in a flexible and elastic string. This toy has redefined the concept of fun for children irrespective of cultural, national or linguistic differences.