Welcome to Toy Land
Where and when did toys begin? And how have they evolved over the years? This week, we’ll head back in time to understand the origins of toys, and explore some of the most incredible toy stories in history. (A toy pirate ship crossing the Atlantic? 30,000 rubber duckies lost at sea? Yes, really.)
Ask About Today
What kinds of toys did children play with long ago that you still enjoy today?
Skip the Ads
Unfortunately, online videos often start with short advertisements. Remind your campers to click the "Skip" button as soon as they can to move ahead to the video.
The Stories Behind the Toys
Behind every amazing toy, there's an amazing story. Check out this video from Great Big Story to learn how toys like Star Wars action figures, Magic Eight Balls, Supersoakers, and Silly String came to life.
The Mighty Ducks
How LEGO Was Built
Today, LEGO is one of the world’s largest toy companies. But who came up with the idea for these endlessly stackable bricks? And what does “Lego” even mean? Watch how all the pieces came together in this 17-minute animated documentary.
Remember: Online videos often start with advertisements. (Annoying, we agree!) Click the "Skip" button as soon as you can to move ahead to the video.
10 Toys in 1
The humble stick is probably the oldest toy in the world, according to the Toy Hall of Fame. Simple, yes, but a stick can become so many things! Find yourself a good one outside, then grab some paper and a pencil and make a list of 10 different ways a stick can be played with. Then get playing! (We’ll start: a baseball bat, a magic wand, a fishing pole.)
Be safe! Ask for permission before heading outside and watch out for your siblings’ eyeballs while playing.
Here are four toys that can be made entirely from recycled cardboard, like toilet paper tubes and juice cartons. Follow the steps in this video or design your own.