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The Story Of Matchbox Toys – Part 2

Matchbox started the 1950′s in a world with a new war looming in Korea. At the start of this conflict the metal “zinc” was banned by the government for use in toys. This was a serious setback for Lesney as zinc is an ingredient of the mazac metal used in die cast toys and consequently the company fell on harsh times. The irony was that the company had stockpiled tons of zinc but could not use it.

It was at this time that Rodney Smith, thinking that the die cast toy business was on the way out, decided to leave the firm and he offered his part of the company to the two other partners. He was bought out by Leslie Smith and Jack Odell for the sum of £8000 … a large sum in those days.

After Rodney had left the company something had to done to use the tons of zinc the company had stockpiled so Odell, using his contacts, secured a contract to produce castings that were used in motor car production and from this stockpile of zinc a large profit was made for Lesney.

With the end of the zinc ban Lesney started to produce for Moko a model called Muffin the Mule which was based on a very popular British TV puppet of the same name.

The royal state coronation coach was then produced and this was their biggest selling die cast model to date and sold over a million units of the miniature coronation coach. This catapulted the company to the forefront of British diecast toy manufacturers.

The idea of holding the toy cars in match boxs came from the fact that Odells oldest daughter could only bring one plaything to school providing that the toy would fit in to a match box.
Jack discovered that his new small toys could fit quite snugly in to a matchbox from the Norvic Match Company Ltd from Czechoslovakia … and the name ‘Matchbox’ was born.

Copyright Roger Cantrell 2008

Toys for Dogs – Reviews About Some of Our Favorite Toys for Your Pups

If you own a dog, you must know that it needs toys to play with. Because you want a healthy dog, you should make sure to get it the best toys for dogs available. Below is a list of toys that you should consider when purchasing new entertainment for your pooch pal.

  1. KONG Ball Dog Toy: The KONG Ball Pet Toy is the best ball toy in the market. One significant feature that your pet will love, is that it bounces. By purchasing this toy, you are guaranteed to have something with great quality that will last for years.
  2. KONG Classic Kong Pet Toy: The KONG Classic Kong Pet Toy is another bouncy toy that your dog will enjoy. It’s been around for a very long time so you know that other pet owners love it.
  3. KONG Wobbler Dog Toy: Want to make your dogs happy? Then the Kong Wobbler Pet Toy is the perfect dog toy for you. The great thing about the Kong Wobbler Pet Toy is that it is very durable. Therefore, making this toy for dogs a must have. Your pet will be able to keep it in its mouth and chew as it is made of FDA approved polymer.
  4. KONG Rubber Flyer: This toy for dogs is specially made to make your pet busy by taking part in outdoor games. Your dog will be able to run faster as this product has accurate flight feature. This product is one of the best soft flexible flyer out in the market today.
  5. Kyjen Hide-A-Squirrel Puzzle Toy for Dogs: This is another great toy for dogs that will keep your dogs busy for a longer time. Kyjen Hide-A-Squirrel Puzzle will keep your dog’s attention for quite some time and at the same time stimulate it’s intelligence.
  6. KONG Extreme Pet Toy: KONG Extreme Dog Toy is the best durable product of the Kong toys line. It is built up of strong black rubber material that’s made for aggressive chewers. There is a feature in KONG Extreme Pet Toy in which you can fill in treats, so you can use Kong Ziggies treats to fill it up with.
  7. Smarter toys IQ Treat Ball Pet Toy: Smarter Toys IQ Treat Ball Dog Toy. This toy for dos is 3 inches in size. The prominent feature of this toy being that it gives mental and physical stimulation to dogs. This product is especially useful to small dogs.

Satisfaction guaranteed if you review these products and purchase any of these toys for dogs. Both dogs and pet owners love the products described above and you will too.

Guide To Choosing Educational Toys For Children

In the last few years, parents started getting more and more interested in choosing all sorts of educational toys for their children. Because a parent wishes the best for his child, a toy that is labeled as educational is very likely to be bought easier than others. But what is an child educational toy?

Well, there is no definition of the term “educational toy” from what I know. However, what I do know is that an educational toy is a toy that helps a child learn something good, something that will help in the future. Play is the most important activity of any child.

Learning through play is a reality; it can and it is done unknowingly every time your child plays. The parent must however control the play so that it remains on an educational course. There are also toys that aren’t exactly educational for children … Toy guns and other such toys that somehow tend to violence and other bad behaviors are not recommended. You must avoid such toys. Although these toys may be a good source of fun for youngsters, on the long term they will only do harm.

How do child educational toys and games work?

A I said above, play is a child’s main activity. During the play, a child learns many new things. Toys and games must be integrated into the play to make their job. This is not hard, because play consists of several games that require using toys.

Any toy can be educational, as long as it does not develop a bad behavior, and it is used in your child’s play. A toy must be used in order to be educational for a child.

To be clearer about how child educational toys and games work, I will take one example: Hide and seek.

Let’s take a look at Hide and Seek. You do remember this game, right? Can you remember the rules? Ok, I will still list them here, and comment on them and explain its educational side.

  • The first rule is that every player must obey the rules. I know, I know it’s obvious, but if players would not respect the rules, would there be any point for the rules to exist? Every child must learn and obey them, or else they are not allowed to play the game. The educational part of this is that the child learns to accept the fact that he cannot do everything he wants, that there are some limits and he must not pass them in order to keep his privileges.
  • One of the children in the group is chosen to count to 100 at the home tree (this helps young children learn the numbers in a pleasurable way, not like in school), without peeking (this educated the child to use fair play in all areas of the life). Meanwhile, the others must find a good hiding place, one that is both hard to discover and close to the home tree. This stimulates the child to think fast to the best solution to a given task.
  • After he finished counting to 100, the child says “Ready or not, here I come” and then he must search for the other players. He must be very careful. Once he finds a player hiding, he must run back to the home tree and shout his name. He must be vigilant so that he can hear any sound that might indicate the position of the other players.
  • The players who are already spotted must not tell where the others are hiding. This too educates children to use fair play.
  • The first player spotted is the next one to count to 100.

You’d never think that hide and seek, one of the most common games in childhood, could be so educational, right? Yes, it is a very educational game. And it’s not the only one. Pick any game you liked playing when you were a child, and analyze its rules, as I did above. You’ll be amazed. Hide and Seek is oriented mainly towards developing fair play and physical skills. Here’s another example of child educational game that helps developing more advanced skills: Monopoly.

I won’t bore you with its rules. This game introduces your child into the basics of modern business life. Acquiring high value properties, negotiation, taxes. Yup! This game educates your child to become the biggest businessperson on the Wall Street. Monopoly has rules that are more complex and it requires greater concentration.

Specific jargon and names that mean much to the entrepreneurs get your child closer the world of business. Toys are amongst the first objects a child gets in contact. Understanding how things work is a direct result of solving problems with toys like “Why this fits there?”, “Does that fit here?”, “How big is that?”.

Educational toys help your child learn to grab, pull, push, synchronize the movement of the head with that of the hand. Toys are indispensable when playing. Playing with a great variety of child educational toys helps your child develop his imagination, understand that different objects have different properties, and learn how to combine them to create other interesting objects.

Read the whole article on choosing child educational toys.