A toy is an object designed to entertain and amuse people, especially children. However, in addition to being used as an element of fun, the toy allows children to play with it, to develop certain capacities, both physically and emotionally and socially.

The toy represents the instrument frequently used in children’s games, since when playing you need objects where the imagination can express itself, there are children who play cowboys, using a broom that serves as a horse and although it is true, that a broom is not a toy as such, since it is used by children to play, it is valid to include it within the concept.

The exact origin of the toy is not known, however there is evidence that in ancient Egypt, children played with small objects made in miniature and by hand, such as weapons and dolls.

The figure of the dolls has been very constant throughout history, it has been proven that in the Greco-Roman era dolls made of clay, bone or wood were very common. Already in the Middle Ages, a new material was introduced for its manufacture: glass.

By the 15th century, the popular tin soldiers appeared, made in Germany. The children with fewer resources played with rag dolls and wooden horses. With the industrial revolution, toys underwent a great transformation, coupled with the development of technology, they made it possible to manufacture objects very similar to real ones for the entertainment of children.

Currently there are different kinds of toys:

Physical toys are those where strength, speed and resistance predominate. This kind of toy allows the child to test her physical abilities and maintain better control of her body. Within this group are bicycles, hula-hops, swings, balls, skateboards, etc. Manipulative and construction toys are those where children’s precision and coordination are put to the test. Some of them are legos (construction pieces), puzzles or puzzles, etc.

There are also symbolic toys, which are used by children to represent one element for another. For example, in the case of the broom, the child through his imagination can transform the broom into a horse and thus be able to play, the same thing happens with the lids of the pots that are used as car steering wheels, etc. The important thing is that this type of toys allows children to develop their creativity and language.

The rule toys, with these toys children begin to learn to follow the rules and develop behaviors such as strategizing. Board toys, such as chess, checkers, monopoly, etc. They foster in children the ability to interact with others.

Educational toys are those that, in addition to providing the child with fun, also help him understand school subjects, which allow him to increase his reasoning ability, spatial orientation, memory, and attention. Within this category are puzzles, word searches, memory games, etc.

When choosing the right toy for children, you must keep in mind the age of the child since there is a wide variety of them on the market, ranging from toys for babies to those for children and adolescents.