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Kids’ toys are one of the hallmarks of youth. The toys are fun and creative outlets for the child’s cognitive energy and sometimes their physical energies as well. The most amazing part of these toys is that the desire for children to have and play with them has existed for several millennium. One of the earliest known civilization, the Indus River Valley, has been recorded with small dolls and other toys for the kids to play with. In Egypt it was a coming of age ritual to turn in the dolls and toys at the temple in order to breach the age ceiling into adulthood. This article will attempt to list some of the most common categories and their influences in childhood development and general playtime in accordance with the most popular categories of kids’ toys.

Kids’ toys can be categorized as almost anything, thanks to the creativity and spontaneity of children. Anything that a kid spends the time to play with is commonly categorized in this way, but certain materials are commonplace. Cotton, plastics, and synthesized lightweight metals are used most often because of their low production costs. In ancient times anything you could get your hands on was used for building materials. So bones, grass, wood, hides, stones and anything around the individual child was often times used to make games. Interestingly enough for most of history there have been variants of ball and doll games which brings up the next interesting feature of children’s toys which is the gender instruction.

Kids have been seen to exude certain gender stereotyping early in their lives, as early as 18 months. Children are sometimes discourage socially to play with opposite-sex toys. For example boys are socially reinforced not to play with Barbie dolls, either through positive or negative reinforcement. Girls on the other hand have, at least in Western countries, been measured to be given more slack. That is to say it is more socially acceptable for a girl to play with a stereotypically boy’s game, such as soldiers or tanks. Studies into this inequality are plentiful and childhood development is still a vigorous science with much enthusiasm poured into it. The enthusiasm is rich, considering the $22 billion industry that stems for the sale of kids’ toys.

As stated the production of dolls as children’s toys has been a longstanding tradition that was localized the environment that the child lived in and the culture that surrounded it. With the introduction of global commerce the production of toys was largest outsourced to countries were the cost of labor was cheaper. In the United States over 75 percent of the toys purchased are bought from China. Dolls, stuffed animals, and miniatures are a large category of total toy sales and is generally inclined more towards girls than boys. The boy counterpart of the same category is the action figures which usually are some form of branding for a TV series, comic book, or film. Depending on the characterization or the product line, some toys can be highly popular just for being rare. Bennie Babies captured this form of product promotion by releasing new babies slowing into the market and consistently giving the toys comprehensive backgrounds so as to interact with each other.

Building block and other smaller sets that can be assembled as a whole or used to create something are termed construction sets. These serve variable purposes. Plato was quoted as saying a budding architect should play with building blocks as a child. There are an abundance of building styles that are used. One of the oldest education forms of building blocks which has been shown to represent spatial understanding as well as some geometry skills is to play with Tangrams and make another category: puzzles. These kids’ toys are intent on extrapolating and enticing a child’s creativity to understand how something goes together and the multiplicity of construction possibilities. In this way creativity, development, and fun are combined in a functional yet enjoyable method.

Kids’ toys have been found in some of the earliest civilizations that humanity has ever found. It makes sense that children love these toys and persist on playing with them as an outlet for their creative energy. It should come as no surprise that business owners expect this trend to continue and spend a substantial amount of money on toy development in the Organization of Economic Co-Operation and Development countries.