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Far better it is to dare mighty things to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure then to rank with those poor spirits who niether suffer much nor enjoy much because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat sic The creation of the original teddy bear which is regarded as the perennial toy of the twentieth century complies with this philosophy Firstly though what denotes a toy The most common defenition states a toy as being a childs plaything which suggests balls dolls games puzzles and the like Perhaps a more general defenition which fits the entire age realm is any object which stimulates the brain A toy encourages learning through fun challenges increasing in difficulty as the mind further develops Most importantly toys keep children happy which is an essential emotion for growth and development See illustration 1Primitive toys served the same purpose they taught children the skills necessary to survive the world outside their parents protection In essence toys exist based on the instinct of self preservation Primitive toys and games taught manipulation of weapons and warfare which instilled invaluable coordination manual skills and mental agility A primates survival depended heavily on his successful use of the three Toys have remained an essential cultural icon throughout history For example an ancient doll concocted of organic materials such as clay bone and wood is dated before 3000 BC Most ancient dolls beheld religious significance which certain cultures still worship such as the Pueblo Kachina doll known as a fetish Also ancient African societies produced balls toy animals and pull toys while ancient Greece and Rome entertained with boats carts hoops and tops and in additon threw knucklebones similar to modern dice Furthermore the Middle Age European societies created clay marbles rattles and even puppets as toy teaching devices The same basic toys have emcompassed one society after another with their evolution
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