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toy : something to play with — Webster See also OneLook, Free Dictionary, Wiktionary

Little Explorers English Picture Dictionary
Dictionary of Toys and Games in American Popular Culture (Frederick J Augustyn)


Roget’s II (, Merriam-Webster Thesaurus, Visuwords


Toy is any object that can be used for play. Toys are usually associated with children and pets. Playing with toys is training the young for their social role. Many items are designed to serve as toys, but goods produced for other purposes can also be used. For instance, a small child may pick up a household item and “fly” it through the air as to pretend that it is an airplane. Another consideration is interactive digital entertainment, such as a video game. Some toys are produced primarily as collector’s items and are intended for display only. — Wikipedia

The Vintage Toy Encyclopedia, Encyclopædia Britannica


The Toy Portal (Wikipedia)






39 Coolest Kids Toys You Can Make Yourself (Natalie Brown, Buzzfeed)
How Toys Work (HowStuffWorks)



Top Ten Reviews (Toy Stores Review)
Toy Companies (Wikipedia)
Toy Brands (Wikipedia)

Shop Imaginarium, eToys, Etsy, FAO, ToysRUs, Zazzle



Caring for Dolls and Toys (Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute)


History of Toys and Games (IdeaFinder)
The Vintage Toy Encyclopedia (Big Red Toy Box)


Quotations Page


The National Toy Hall of Fame (Museum of Play)

National Toy Hall of Fame (Wikipedia)

Worlds Largest Toy Museum (Branson, MO)

Antique Toy Museums, Markets, Toy Collections (YouTube Channel)
Toy Museums, Category (Wikipedia)


USA Toy Library AssociationHow to Start a Toy Library: 12 Quick Tips (Cat Johnson, Shareable)Toy library (Wikipedia)

WorldCat, Library of Congress, UPenn Online Books, Open Library





A Compilation of Online Classes on Doll and Toy Making (Abby Glassenberg, While She Naps)
Toy Product Design (MIT Open Courseware)
OER Commons: Open Educational Resources


Work Hard, Play Hard: Explore a Toy Design Career (The Art Career Project)
Cool Jobs: Toy maker (Chicago Tribune)
How to Become a Toy Maker (Tina Richey Swanson, eHow)


Toy Industry Association (TIA)


Toy Fair (New York),


Toy News, Dr. Toy, NPR


The Toy Book (Adventure Publishing Group), Toys & Collectibles Magazines (, ISBNdb


Toy Safety (United States Consumer Product Safety Division)





More from Flippy Cat’s YouTube Channel…


Amazon Toys


Collecting Games and Toys (Internet Public Library)



OEDILF: The Omnificent English Dictionary In Limerick Form



Pioneering playtime: 5 predictions for the future of toys (Stephanie Walden, Mashable)


Toys in Fiction (Wikipedia)


Legendary Monsters: Toys of Urban Legend and Folklore (Indiegogo)




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Entertainment Humor, Toy, Hobby, Competition (Game, Sport), Spectacle
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Belief Hypothesis, Forecast, Rumor, Superstition, Folklore, Faith



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