A toy is a commercial product that is usually used mostly by small children although can also be sold to adults under specific circumstances. Playing with toys is a fun way of training small children for future life experiences. Many different materials such as wood, plastic, clay, paper and even cardboard are also used to create toys. Toys can range from the building blocks that our babies first play with, to complex interactive puzzles for older children to ride around on.
Older children can play with toys such as trains, balls, dolls, puzzle pieces, riding toys and even wooden trains. These toys help develop hand-eye coordination, improve motor skills, and allow children to master the art of problem solving. Wooden dolls such as those made from soft chenille wood or fine fibers of bamboo, are also popular toys for little girls. These dolls are designed to be soft, hand-shaped, with small joints, and are often made from porcelain, vinyl, fabric, leather or paper. Older girls can also play with doll houses, which allow them to pretend that they are housewives and/or mothers.
For young boys, toys are often baseball bats, soft balls (also known as bats), trucks, motorbikes, trucks with wheels, construction toys, action figures, and remote controlled airplanes and helicopters. Action figures are great toys for little boys to chase, hug, imitate, or even fight with. These action figures can come in a variety of sizes, including plastic, clay, and all-ages, and come in myriad character types such as animals, bugs, fairies, pirates, and more. A great toy for little boys is the train set with tracks and cars, which will encourage him to want to become an engineer someday.