What types of toys did children have in the nineteenth century?
- The wealthier families during the 19th century had elaborate trains made out of wood and metal and the dolls would be usually from France and made out of porcelain with silk dresses and laces. Other toys that were elaborate were rocking horses, prams for dolls, etc. The middle class families gave their children toys made from wood; painted; the dolls were often made from straw and some with straw or cotton filled bodies with porcelain heads. Many children had elaborate to older sleds; played 'kick the can;' tag; sometimes went swimming (swung off a rope attached to a tree) and fishing.
We do not have a lot of records of toys of the Middle Ages, and few have been preserved. We do know that children played a number of different games with balls, including probably a game now referred to as medieval football, and also probably including lawn bowling. Hoops were popular toys, right up to the 19th century. And medieval children played with dolls, as probably all children do. Children could have played with dominoes…
When having children it is important to consider what types of injuries inappropriate or unsafe toys may give young children and infants, any toys with small parts that can be swallowed should be avoided, as well as toys with a lot of moving parts, to avoid fingers being caught or jammed in them, parents would also want to avoid anything that isn't safe to be chewed or sucked on by an infant
Children at the end of the previous century played with many of the same types of toys that children enjoy now, but without all the electronic gadgets, television and computers. Girls enjoyed playing house, school and with dolls among other things. Boys enjoyed building models, role playing and sling shots. Both sexes enjoyed things such as coloring books and reading.
There are certain types of toys that American society considers to be made solely for young males. Examples of these types of toys would be toy cars, action figures, rubber balls, sports trading cards and equipment, and toys focused on unseemly characters such as monsters, dinosaurs, dragons, and insects.