The Evolution of Toys

Throughout the years there have been thousands of toys invented and many of them have slowly dissipated. The ones that have seemingly stayed ageless or evolved are still being used today due their uniqueness, educational value, and entertainment. They have created memories for families of different generations. They have also created different themes and resigns in order to stay current. We decided that the evolution of toys would be an interesting way to explore some of the few things that have made us who we are today.

1903-09-01 03:01:50


Crayola brought crayons into the world, helping children with coloring and craft in education.

1903-10-01 08:53:15

The Teddy Bear

The teddy bear is named after former U.S president Theodore Roosevelt, whose nickname was "Teddy". This stuffed toy gave everyone a best friend to play with.

1933-11-01 03:01:50


An American board game named after the concept of monopoly, the domination of market by a single entity.

1945-01-02 00:00:00


A helical spring that stretches and can bounce up and down, with the ability to perform tricks with the aid of gravity and momentum.

1948-08-01 15:44:16


A board game of two to four players points are received by lining up words from lettered tiles on a the game-board. It was created during the great depression.

1948-10-01 08:05:56

Toys "R" Us

Founded in 1948 in Washington D.C, during the post-war baby boom era as a baby furniture retailer. Now it is a dedicated toy and juvenile products retailer with more than 875 locations worldwide

1950-08-01 15:44:16

Silly Putty

A bouncing putty that has unusual characteristics. It can form shapes as well as bounce and can also flow like a liquid.

1953-10-01 13:24:46


Known as the original die-cast car. It was sold in a box similar to a box of matches, which is where its name was sprung.

1957-04-04 06:36:57

The Frisbee

Originated from empty pie tins from a baking company called Frisbie Baking Company. It was then later redesigned for accuracy and distance.

1958-11-01 13:54:17


An alternate version of previous building toys like Lincoln logs. Lego has come out with many different variations and themes.

1959-04-01 06:36:57


Barbie became the biggest selling fashion doll of all time. Though the years Barbie has had different nationalities as well as over 75 different jobs.

1965-03-04 14:27:40


Invented by Norman Stingley. An extremely elastic ball made up of a synthetic rubber named Zectron, giving it the ability to be bounced at tall heights. Thrown by an average adult, it can leap over a 3-story building!

1969-03-01 14:27:40

Big Wheel

A tricycle for young children that has been a family favorite in providing fun play and motor skills development.

1974-03-01 14:27:40


A game consisting of modular blocks where players take turns to remove a block from the tower and balance it on top, creating a taller and increasingly unstable structure as the game progresses.

1977-03-02 14:27:40

Rubik's Cube

A 3-dimensional puzzle cube created by architect Ernő Rubik. Originally known as the Magic Cube, this toy is known worldwide, selling over 350 cubes by 2009.

1985-03-01 14:27:40


A guessing word game played with teams while players try to identify specific words from their teammates' drawings.

1991-03-01 14:27:40

Super soaker

The Super Soaker shoots water with greater power, range, and accuracy than conventional squirt pistols. Super Soakers use pressurized air to reach these different levels of power.

1993-03-01 14:27:40

Beanie Babies

The Beanie Baby became Popular within a couple of years of their release, because of their variety and limit production.

1993-03-02 14:27:40

Power Rangers

A live action children's television series featuring a team of costumed heroes. Power Rangers became a huge success in pop culture as well as in action figures.

1996-03-01 14:27:40


A collectible card game based off the well known TV series, Pokemon.

1998-03-01 14:27:40


A digital audio player that plays one minutes clips of famous pop songs. These became very popular for their portability.

1998-10-01 08:05:56


A furry, animatronic creature that spoke "Furbish", but could eventually learn English. It was the first successful attempt o produce and sell and domestically-aimed robot.

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