A toy is used in play. Playing with toys can be an enjoyable means of training young children for life in society.
Different materials like wood, clay, paper, and plastic are used to make toys. Many items are designed to serve as toys.
Some toys are produced primarily as collectors’ items and are intended for display only.
The origin of toys is prehistoric. Dolls representing infants, animals, and soldiers are found at archaeological sites. Representations of tools used by adults are readily found at archaeological sites. Toys are mainly made for children.
Playing with toys is considered to be important when it comes to growing up and learning about the world around us.
Younger children use toys to discover their identity. It helps their bodies grow strong, learn cause and effect, explore relationships. They practice skills that they will need as adults.
Many countries have passed safety standards limiting the types of toys that can be sold. Most of these seek to limit potential hazards, such as choking or fire hazards that could cause injury. Children, especially very small ones, often put toys into their mouths, so the materials used to make a toy are regulated to prevent poisoning. Materials are also regulated to prevent fire hazards. Children have not yet learned to judge what is safe and what is dangerous, and parents do not always think of all possible situations, so such warnings and regulations are important on toys.