With each new generation of children comes a fresh batch of toys designed to delight and entertain. Looking back on your own childhood, you can probably remember the toy craze of the time. Perhaps it was the Rubik’s Cube, and you spent hours frantically trying to solve it. Or maybe you played with a Barbie, dressing her up in a range of classy outfits and accessories.
Over the last century, countless toys have entered mass culture only to be replaced a few years later by a new line of games and action figures.
You would be surprised to learn how some of your favorite toys figure into history. For instance, you were most likely unaware that the yo-yo has existed for thousands of years, but it was not until the 1920s that it took its modern form. Furthermore, are you aware of how Monopoly transformed during World War II or how Legos got their name?
There is so much to learn when it comes to the history and development of toys. Using the infographic below, see how some of the world’s most popular toys came into existence. Perhaps you will come across an old favorite and see it in a completely different light.
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