History of Toys and Games Students Create a Timeline to Illustrate When Popular Toys Were First Introduced



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Sample Findings

Following are some of the toys/games and dates students might locate in their research. (Note: Dates may vary, depending on sources.)



  • Yo-yo - 1000 B.C.

  • Jigsaw Puzzle - 1767

  • Balloon - 1856

  • Lionel Train - 1901

  • Crayola Crayons - 1903

  • Lincoln Logs -1916

  • Pogo Stick - 1919

  • Frisbee - 1948

  • Silly Putty - 1949

  • Legos - 1949

  • Mr. Potato Head - 1952

  • Easy-Bake Oven - 1953

  • Play-Doh - 1956

  • Ant Farm - 1956

  • Hula Hoop - 1958

  • Barbie Doll - 1959

  • Etch-a-Sketch - 1960

  • Hot Wheels - 1966

  • Hacky Sack - 1972

  • Pictionary - 1986

Hot List of "History of Toys" Web Sites

  • HistoryChannel.com's History of Toys and Games - http://www.history.com/content/toys

  • Toy Inventions - http://inventors.about.com/od/tstartinventions/a/Toy_Inventions.htm

  • The History of Toys and Games - http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/history_for_children/112114

Assessment

After the timeline is created, create a simple matching activity for assessment purposes. List toys/games in one column and matching, but randomly arranged, dates in the other column; have students use the timeline to complete the matching activity.


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