Games And Toys

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Degor

Degor is a traditional game from Bhutan. For all those who do not know, Bhutan is the Asian country in the eastern part of the Himalayas. The game is played with two spherical flat stones. The size and weight of the stone are not determined. It depends on the player. Stones are thrown towards two ground targets located at the distance of 20 metres.
Degor Degor

Dala horse

Dala horse (in Swedish "Dalahäst") or Dalecarlian horse is a traditional small wooden statue originally from Swedish province of Dalarna. At the beginning it was made as toy. Later it became popular symbol of the province and whole country.
Dala horse Dala horse
Pine wood is used in carving of Dala horses. In its original form many statues were not painted at all. Nowadays the most common basic colour of this statue is red. Other details and decorations are painted in white, blue, yellow and green.

Siurell

Siurell is a clay whistle from the island of Mallorca, Spain. It is one of major symbols of this island.

Dymkovo toys

One of the best examples of the Russian folk art are toys made in the town of Dymkovo located in the Kirov region.

Croatian wooden toys

Very beautiful traditional wooden toys are made in several villages around the town of Marija Bistrica. Marija Bistrica is a famous Catholic pilgrimage town in the north of Croatia. These toys have been made for over a century. Toys are made of willow, beech, lime or maple wood. After carving each toy is painted and decorated with floral or geometrical patterns. The most common colours are red, blue, black and white.
Croatian wooden toys Croatian wooden toys

Akabeko

Akabeko (in local dialect red cow) is a traditional toy from the Japanese Aizu region located in the west of Fukushima prefecture. Some ten households make the Akabeko today. This toy is made in papier-mâché technique. The toy has a shape of red cow or ox. Red is believed to be a lucky colour. When the toy is moved its head also moves up and down and side to side.
akabeko Akabeko – traditional Japanese toy

Channapatna toys

Channapatna (Chennapatna) toys are special kind of wooden toys made in the town Channapatna located in the Indian Karnataka state. Experts think that local toys have their origin in the art of Persian toymakers that was brought to this part of India by the Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan.
Channapatna toys Indian Channapatna toys

Matryoshka doll

Matryoshka doll (Russian nesting doll, babushka doll) is actually a whole set of wooden dolls. Their size decreases so one doll can be put inside the other one. The first Matryoshka was made in 1890. It was carved by Vasily Zvyozdochkin and designed and painted by Sergey Malyutin.
 the first Matryoshka doll The first Matryoshka doll made in 1890

Tò he

Tò he is a traditional toy of the Vietnamese children. This figurine has a shape of animals, flowers or some characters from the local folk stories like for example Tôn Ngộ Không, the Monkey King in Journey to the West. Tò he is made glutinous rice powder and is that way edible. Tò he figurines are sold on bamboo sticks.
Tò he toys Vietnamese Tò he toys