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Friday, 19 July 2013

Wooden Tops one of the oldest and still popular toys

The spinning top is one of the world’s oldest toys, the more it spins the more people enjoy, India has a long tradition of wooden toys and Wooden tops and spinners have always been a favorite with kids , they are very inexpensive yet fun that is one of the main reasons for being survived for so long , India has a pretty long monsoon season, during these monsoons due to heavy rains children are not able to go out or if the ground id wet they are not able to play cricket , that is the time they play marbles or spin tops, majorly the best game of top fighting and comparatively spinning and watching whose tops spins the lot is the best game to play and if you win you get to keep the other friends top.

Clay tops have been discovered in archaeological digs that date as far back as 3500 B.C. in the city Ur, southeast of Baghdad, Terra Cotta tops were discovered at Troy that date to 3000 B.C., and Egyptian, Greek and Roman tops have been found dating from 2000 B.C. to 27 B.C.

The body of a spinning top has at least one axis, known as a principle axis, around which it spins. They traditionally have a peg shape in which the top of the body is much wider than the bottom, or tip. Spinning wooden tops also include a mechanism to begin the spinning such as a spring cap, stem, string or pump. They can be made of a variety of materials including wood, clay, stone and metal, and are typically brightly painted.

Wooden Tops come in various shapes and sizes the Finger spinning tops
,the Tops spun by thread, flat tops, disc tops, square tops etc.

You’ll find historical tops in various toy museums and collections all over the world.  With all its wonderful facets, the spinning top will always find their fanciers.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Traditional Indian Wooden toys,

Indian is one of the countries with a very old legacy of wooden toys , generations and generations have played and grown up with wooden and clay toys, even today children in rural and semi urban places play with wooden toys, its jut the town and urban places people are forgetting their use and effectiveness.

Hardly there must be a boy in India who has not played or ever touched a Spinning top, Tops are one of the oldest and most played  wooden toy,its a real fun to challenge your friends in a game of Top fights and then if you win the fight you get to keep the top, I for once had collected a lot of tops , then all the juggling acts one can do with the tops , trowing it in air an picking up in the hand itself is a act of jugglery and very difficult to master . even just the tying of the Top is a difficult task and u have to practice it hard to become a master in spinning a top

For those who find difficult to spin the actual spinning top there is nothing to loose hope, tops which can be easily spun by your hand are also available in the market , these are simple tops which you can spin it with your fingers.

Similar to the wooden top , Wooden games like Gilli danda, wooden X-0 set (Tic tac toe set), wooden abacus are also one of the popular wooden games