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.