A useful toy timeline, covering the history of toys for KS1, from the Museum of Brighton. This brief history of toys highlights some of the key toys and developments in toy production.
The word ‘toy’ dates from the 16th century. At that time it was applied to tawdry objects such as buttons and buckles as well as playthings. Many toys as we know them today were more likely to have originated as playthings and amusements for adults.