Toys, Games and more Toys
28 June, 2012
Toys, Games and more Toys

For most children around the world toys and games mean everything. Adults believe them to be an enjoyable way to prepare the children for life in the society by helping them discover their identities, learn cause and effect and explore relationships. Archeologists have found ancient toys of different shapes and sizes throughout the world, and today the ”toy business” has one of the most substantial impacts on the economy. 


If we think back to our childhoods, we all have a fond

memory of our favorite game or toys that we loved to play with. For most girls I’m guessing it was a doll that they cared for as a mother to a child. For boys toy guns, horses, and swords probably drove their imaginations wild where they were pirate ship captains and cowboys, before their mothers called them back inside for lunch. But those wild imaginations go back to much earlier times. Dolls and figurines have been found in Egyptian tombs which date back to as early as 2000 B.C. Construction sets, animal figurines, and wooden and clay mechanical string toys have also been found in the ruins of ancient cities around the world. And to top this off, in 1887, a British archeologist discovered an Egyptian doll factory dating back to 1800 BC! However, compared to today’s toys, these ancient toys were in most part representations of their societal beliefs. In other words cats, crocodile’s birds and the ones alike were icons in these ancient families.

To this day, there are toys around the globe that maintain their special traditional meanings. Akabeko, or “red cow”, is a traditional toy from the Japanese Aizu region which is located west of Fukushima. It’s made by the papier-m?ch? technique and its shape resembles a cow which is later painted in red, since the color red is believed to be a lucky color in Japan. You may think of this toy as a bobble-head since when moved, its head also moves up and down and side to side. The origin of this toy dates back to the year 807. As the legend holds, a monk called Tokuichi, was building the Enzoji temple and cattle was used to haul the lumber. Among them was a large red cow. When the temple was finished the cow refused to leave and the locals started to treat her as a religious symbol. However the first Akabeko toys were not made until the late 16th century and they are believed to be able to prevent smallpox and other illnesses alike

Traveling westward and in Mallorca, Spain, the very famous Siurell is made. It is a clay whistle and is one of the major symbols of this island. Two traditional siurell figurines are those of a peasant and a devil. But nowadays other figurines of various people and animals are also made. Siurell is traditionally white with lines of different color and the color of these lines depends on the place where the figurines were made. These figurines are traditionally crafted by women. Although it is believed to be of Muslim origin, they were used by farmers to manage their herds and were even used to compose Majorcan folk songs with dances that have survived to this day.

One of the best examples of the Russian folk art is the Dymkovo toys and the Matryoshka dolls. The earthenware Dymkovo figurines have been made since the ancient time and are believed to have their roots in old pagan beliefs. They were part of the local spring festival that had been organized until the early 20th century on the bank of nearby Vyatka River. These toys are made of red clay and sand from that river and are usually made into three types of toys – balls, whistles and dolls. However, nowadays they have purely decorative meanings. The Matryoshka dolls on the other hand were not so symbolical when they first appeared in the 1890’s, but have become a famous Russian toy icon. The Matryoshka is made of wood and usually has an odd number of figurines within. The size of these dolls decrease so that one doll can be put inside the other. Usually the biggest doll in the set is a woman wearing a traditional Russian dress, other dolls can represent both genders and the smallest doll is always a baby. Today, special sets are also available as a mockery on who stands where in politics, music or any other profession.

Toys are a way to make friends, have fun and most importantly learn how to socialize amongst our peers. These traditional toys taught children about their customs and beliefs involuntarily during playing. Psychologists believe that children as young as 18 months differentiate between girl and boy toys and tend to play with the ones made for their gender. Most girls grow up playing mother, nurse or teacher. And boys in most part tend to play more active and physical games. When you think about it, it’s funny how big of a role our genes play in what we like to imagine being. Boys are amazed by pirates, soldiers, cowboys and knights while girls stick to princesses in castles with fairies, flowers and butterflies, awaiting their prince charming. Remember those wonderful times? Children need these toys and games in order to please their urge to act like their idols. So, I guess it’s true when they say that we should always stay young at heart. After all, they say when you dig deep inside, you will hear the young you calling…I hope you still haven’t lost touch with that child in you, because you might be someone else’s idol.

Other Stories
Premiere of the film “And then we danced” to be held amid possible unrest
The premiere of the 2019 Swedish-Georgian drama film - And Then We Danced, directed by Levan Akin, is scheduled to be held at Tbilisi and Batumi cinemas today.
Explosion after Possible gas leak in Tbilisi
A natural gas leak is the suspected cause of an explosion that destroyed the part of a multi-storey residential building on Guramishvili Avenue in Tbilisi.
Exclusive interview with Gail Elliott
The name of Gail Elliott is known to anyone. She was among supermodels Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Helena Christensen and Claudia Schiffer in the 1990s.
Mountaineer and pioneer: Nick Erkomaishvili
In 1989 Nick Erkomaishvili and some friends agreed to guide a group of Swiss climbers to Mount Kazbek. This encounter led them to become the first Georgian tour operators. And they founded the one and only Georgian Mountain Guide School.
Police in Tbilisi detain 11 for child pornography
The Ministry of Internal Affairs has arrested 11 members of a criminal group on the charges of child trafficking and pornography.
“She had schizophrenia” – Mother of the perpetrator of the 3-year-old boy speaks out
On the 27th of August in Tbilisi an unknown woman suddenly approached to a three-year-old boy, walking with his parents and sister, and harmed his face with sharp instrument and escaped.
Dead woman found in Tbilisi
In Tbilisi suburb called Temka dead woman is found. According to unofficial information, the fire brigade was called by the neighbors.
Nik West and Niko Kandelaki publish their wedding video
Famous American singer Nik West and Georgian Niko Kandelaki got married on the 11th of May but have only just published pictures and video about their wedding.
16-year-old dies due to reanimobile technical problems
16-year-old boy, Luka Popkhadze, whose health condition worsened due to reanimobile ambulance vehicle technical problems, has died. He was in a coma for 41 days.
Crashes and explosions heard on the Rustaveli Avenue
Crashes and explosions heard on the Rustaveli Avenue,
3 year old child, stabbed by passer-by in Tbilisi, to be discharged from clinic today
The 3 years old child, who was stabbed by a passer-by, will be discharged from Zhvania Clinic today,
After ten days of filming Fast&Furious, Tbilisi citizens have something to joke about
Filming of The Fast and the Furious 10 was started on the 18th of August in Georgia (It will take part in two cities – Tbilisi and Rustavi) and will last until the 20th of September.
Guram Sudadze’s Georgian hand made cars
There are people who make cars in their garages all around the world and Georgia is no exception.
Georgian wine company “20%” against Russian occupation
Ana Gabriadze and Nika Markozashvili are Georgian entrepreneurs living in the village of Ditsi near the occupation line.
Russian tourists: “We are tourists from Russia and we love Georgia”
‘We are tourists from Russia and we love Georgia” reads the placard of Russian girls supporting the anti-occupation demonstrators gathered in front of the Parliament building in Tbilisi.
President Salome Zourabichvili collecting peaches in Kakheti
The photos of President Salome Zourabichvili collecting peaches in eastern Kakheti region of Georgia have gone viral.
GEL 700 000 bail ordered for Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze
GEL 700 000 bail was ordered for TBC Bank founders Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze on July 26.
Elizabeth Rood just reached the peak of Mount Kazbegi
Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia has recently uploaded a photo of Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Elizabeth Rood reaching the peak of Mount Kazbegi.
Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze leave positions in Anaklia Board of Governors
TBC Bank founders Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze have left the positions of chairman and deputy chairman of the Anaklia Board of Governors.
Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Elizabeth Rood climbing up Mkinvartsveri
US Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia has recently uploaded a photo of Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Elizabeth Rood climbing up Mkinvartsveri.
Collection of Soviet Cars of Famous Georgians are now presented to public
Tbilisi AutoMuseum houses Soviet cars of Lavrentiy Beria, Eduard Shevardnadze, the current Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II and other famous Georgians.
British Embassy releases statement about charges against TBC Bank co-founders
The UK is closely watching developments related to the criminal charges the Georgian Prosecutor’s Office has made against TBC co-founders Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze,
US Embassy releases statement about charges against TBC Bank co-founders
We are concerned about the context and timing of the charges the Georgian Prosecutor General’s Office has filed against TBC Bank co-founders Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze,
Mamuka Khazaradze: "I am ready for anything"
TBC Bank founder Mamuka Khazaradze says he is ready for everything and nobody can intimidate him.
Mamuka Khazaradze: "We will build Anaklia Port anyway"
Mamuka Khazaradze, founder of TBC Bank, will arrive at the Prosecutor General's Office.
GEL Exchange Rate
Other Stories
World famous British singer Jessie J has decided to wear clothes made by Anouki Areshidze, Georgian designer and wife of the mayor of Tbilisi.
Bassiani, one of the most popular underground clubs not only in Georgia but throughout Europe as well, has opened today
An amazing video made in Georgia by tourists from the Philippines have gone viral on the internet.
Over the recent two days May 12-13 Tbilisi city saw a peaceful protest rally in the center of the city.
Hundreds of people took to the main street Rustaveli Avenue in Tbilisi to protest the raid in Tbilisi’s popular night clubs.
Two bear cubs listed as endangered on the red list were handed over to Tbilisi Zoo,
Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze and Deputy Tbilisi Mayor Ms. Sophio Khuntsaria have gifted a food stand
Pamela Anderson, famous Canadian American actress and model has appeared in the chic sunglasses by internationally acclaimed Georgian designer George Keburia.
A ski lift accident in Georgia’s eastern Gudauri resort,in particular at Sadzele 5 lift, has left 8 people with injuries.
The ski lift in Gudauri winter resort in Georgia has broke down in the aftermath of which several people have been injured.
GEL Exchange
November 2019
Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 29 30