A toy is an object used in play. Toys are usually associated with children and pets, but it is not unusual for adult humans and some non-domesticated animals to play with toys. Many items are manufactured to serve as toys, but items produced for other purposes can also be used as toys. ...Wikipedia
What does a large cardboard box, an empty oatmeal box, a cooking pot and a wooden mixing spoon have in common? Why they are items when given to a small child will keep that child joyfully occupied for some time. Just watch a child with their innocent imagination and these items mentioned above. The oatmeal box and cooking pot become a drum when whacked with the wooden spoon . A large cardboard box becomes a house, a cave, a fort or whatever.
I remember as a young girl having Lincoln logs, Tinker toys and dolls among other things. When I was a little girl we all wanted a doll known as a Betsy Wetsy doll. She came with a bottle. After filling it with water( hopefully), you gave her a bottle she would wet her pants. I now find it perplexing why we all wanted that doll.
As we grow older the toys can become more sophisticated and expensive. For instance the person who must own all the latest technological gadgets. In my case my toys are cameras. I got my first camera when I was a young teenager. My father gave me a large black Eastman Kodak box camera. That was replaced with a Kodak Brownie Flash Camera that I still have to this day forgotten in a bottom dresser drawer. Overtime these two cameras were replaced. The film SLR and point and shoot cameras have been replaced or put aside with digital SLR and other digital cameras. I always wanted so much to draw, but I just don't have the talent. So, photography has become my art form.
But, the cameras are the least of my toys. I became a scrapbooker about six years ago. That is one expensive endeavor. Besides the photos, papers, scissors, adhesives and albums, there are so many gadgets, devices and cutting machines that can be bought. I think I have bought a substantial number of them all . Do I use most of them? No! I just like to buy them with the idea I will use them someday. Of course I have no idea when that some day will come. Matter of fact some of the items are still in their boxes. Meanwhile, I need to find a place to display / store all this stuff. So now I’m contemplating setting up a scrapbooking section in my library / computer room. The sooner I do this the better. Than I'll have no excuse not to use all the toys I have accumulated.
No matter what age we are from the time we are babies with a rattle and mobile over our crib through our adult life, most of us have some toy or toys that we enjoy and that make our lives full. What toy(s) do you have today?