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  • Well hello and welcome to this English lesson about Kids' Toys.

  • I thought that since Christmas was coming up in a number of

  • countries around the world that it might be a good time to talk

  • a little bit about kids' toys. This will be a lesson about

  • toys that I had as a kid. Toys that are modern and current. Um

  • some toys that are very old fashioned. Um but I think it

  • will be a fun lesson. Uh it's fun to learn all of the names

  • for different toys in English. I think most of these toys will

  • be familiar to you. I think you'll have the same toys in

  • your country. Um I do have to say one thing though. The

  • slides for this lesson are very colourful. I think kids toys

  • are often painted or the colours are usually very

  • vibrant and bright. So welcome once again to this very

  • colourful lesson about kids toys. So blocks probably one of

  • the first toys that every child has is a set of blocks.

  • Sometimes the blocks have the letters of the elf bit on the

  • side. Sometimes they're just plain blocks like this. And

  • they're the first toy you can play with where you can hold

  • them. You can stack them. Uh you can roll them. You can

  • throw them. Just don't throw them too hard. But blocks are a

  • very very common toy for a very very young child. Often the

  • block is made out of wood. So we would call them wooden

  • blocks. When a toy is made out of wood we use the word wooden

  • to describe it. So some kids have plastic blocks. Some of

  • them have wooden blocks. One of the first Toys that you have as

  • a child. And then another very common toy is a toy called

  • Lego. I put this as the second slide because this was my

  • favourite toy when I was a kid. When I was a kid I can't

  • remember when I got my first Lego set. But I do remember

  • quite often playing with Lego. Lego are a collection of bricks

  • that click together and then they stick together so you can

  • build things out of them. You can build houses. You can build

  • little cars because you can get wheels for them. Uh Lego is

  • just a very very fun toy. In fact I think my mom still has

  • my box of Lego from when I was a kid. I should go pick that up

  • because maybe I should reminisce and build something.

  • We also have what are called action figures. An action

  • figure is a small figurine that's made similar to look

  • like something someone in a movie or cartoon. So here you

  • see the Incredible Hulk. This is an action figure of the

  • Incredible Hulk. I didn't have a lot of action figures when I

  • was a kid. Um I did have Toys Soldiers when I was a kid. Um

  • but some people had action figures from GI Joe when I was

  • a kid and I didn't have one. I don't know if you know what GI

  • Joe is. Uh Brent from Speak English with this guy would

  • know what that is. But yes an action figure. So in this

  • current modern era you could have an action figure from the

  • Marvel movies. You could have an action figure of Iron Man or

  • Captain America if that was something you enjoyed watching.

  • A puzzle. This is what I would call a classic toy. A puzzle is

  • simply a picture that's cut into pieces and you need to

  • figure out how to put it back together. When I was a kid I

  • had a lot of puzzles. Now when you have puzzles as a kid they

  • have less pieces. Then a puzzle would have for an adult. My mom

  • loves to do puzzles but they have a thousand or 2000 pieces.

  • When I was a kid I had puzzles like this. This puzzle has

  • let's see here. I think about 3-five pieces if I'm counting

  • That would be a normal puzzle for a small child. I loved

  • doing puzzles as a kid. They were a lot of fun. This I would

  • say is one of the most common kinds of kids toy. And this is

  • a stuffed animal. We also in our house sometimes just call

  • them stuffies. But a stuffed animal is a soft toy. This is a

  • teddy bear. A very common type of stuffed animal. I had a

  • small dog as a stuffed animal as a child. And when I got

  • older my sister and I started to fight. Because we both

  • thought the stuffed animal belonged to us. But I was

  • pretty sure it belonged to me. It was a small red white dog.

  • Um and still to this day I believe that the stuffed animal

  • that I had as a kid was mine. But my sister still thinks it

  • was hers. Anyways once again a stuffed animal is a very soft

  • toy. Um almost has the same stuffing as a pillow. Um and a

  • teddy bear is one of the most common kinds. And then we have

  • of course all kinds of toy cars toy vehicles. When I was a

  • child I had toy tractors. But I think most kids will have a toy

  • car or toy truck. Um sometimes they're big. Sometimes they're

  • small. I'll talk about smaller ones in just a moment. Uh but

  • definitely when I was a kid I did have toy cars. But because

  • we lived on a farm I had toy tractors. As well. So just a

  • car but made really small for a kid or a tractor or truck but

  • made really small for a child to play with. And we had a

  • specific kind of toy car and toy truck when I was a kid. We

  • would call them dinky cars, Hot Wheels or Matchbox cars. So

  • here you can see them. They were about this big. They were

  • very tiny. I had a small collection of Hot Wheels cars

  • when I was a kid. By the way we have different names because I

  • think Hot Wheels and Matchbox are the name of the company.

  • And I'm not sure about Dinky Car. I think it's an older way

  • to talk about it. Um to talk about tiny little cars. They're

  • all the same scale. I'm not sure what the scale is. But

  • they were all about this big. They were a lot of fun to play

  • with. And you could get a track to drive them down and you

  • could hook the track up to a table and drive let your cars

  • drive down the track. That was a lot of fun. When I was a bit

  • older as a child I had a yo-yo. Again this is a bit of a

  • mixture of this lesson is a mixture of older types of toys

  • and newer types of toys. We would say the yo-yo has stood

  • the test of time. The yoyo is still a very common gift today.

  • Um we have a couple yo-yos in our house. I do like doing a

  • yo-yo. I should make a video someday of me yo-yoing. I think

  • that's the word for it. But the yo-yo is a spinning top with a

  • string that you can throw down and then pull back up again.

  • It's a lot of fun. I really enjoyed I actually learned how

  • to do the yo-yo when I was in university. Not when I was a

  • child. When I was a child I had one but I didn't really know

  • how to use it. This is a toy that I never had. This is what

  • we would call an old fashioned toy. This is a toy that people

  • had many many years ago before my time. The were things called

  • rocking horses. They were usually made out of wood. So it

  • was a small horse with rockers on the bottom. So if you sat on

  • it as a kid you could rock back and forth. Um I think these

  • were pretty common like in the 50s and sixties. I'm not sure.

  • I think my mom had a rocking horse when she was a kid. But I

  • did not have a rocking horse. But certainly you'll if you

  • watch an old TV or an old movie and if there's children in it

  • they might have a rocking horse. Um one of the other toys

  • you get very early on in life is called a rattle. So this is

  • anything that you shake that makes noise. This is a very

  • common toy for babies. When a baby is able to sit up and hold

  • things one of the first things you might give the baby is a

  • rattle. And that's why we sometimes call it a baby

  • rattle. We actually just say baby rattle. Um but a baby

  • rattle is something a child can hold and shake that makes a

  • little bit of noise. I don't have one in front of me but I

  • should have brought one. I think we have one in the house

  • somewhere. Probably another very very common type of toy is

  • just a doll. This is a common toy. It's usually just a small

  • person. Um sometimes like the far doll they have they're kind

  • of soft. Sometimes like this closer doll which is called a

  • Barbie doll. So the girl in the blue dress right beside me is

  • called a Barbie doll. A very common type of doll. Um usually

  • kids when they have dolls they will play house. When you play

  • house it means that you play with your dolls as if they're

  • people and maybe the doll gets in her doll car and goes and

  • get some groceries or the doll goes to her doll work or

  • something like that. But dolls are certainly a very very

  • common toy. If I was to say top five I think dolls are in the

  • top five as type of toy that kids play with. Um educational

  • toys. So I didn't have toys like this when I was a child.

  • But there are toys that are educational toys. This is a toy

  • that it looks like the child had to build it. It looks like

  • it has some electronics on it. It looks like they needed to

  • attach the wheels and they needed to hook up wires and

  • they probably needed to put a battery in it. And I'm sure it

  • drives around. So as they built this toy and as they play with

  • this toy they're also learning something. So we would call it

  • an educational toy. Um when I was a kid my brother had a a

  • think he had a science lab or little electronics lab where he

  • could learn how to make and program different things. It

  • was really really cool. Um he enjoyed building stuff with it.

  • A Frisbee. So a Frisbee is a disc that you can throw and

  • when you throw it it flies really nicely. Um it kind of

  • glides through the air. Uh you can throw a frisbee back and

  • forth to another person. When I was a kid I did have a frisbee.

  • Frisbees are super fun. When I was in university I played a

  • little bit of frisbee golf. So frisbee golf is where you play

  • golf but you use frisbees instead. And I think there's

  • something called Ultimate Football where you play

  • football American style football but you use a frisbee

  • instead. But at its simplest level it's fun to have a

  • Frisbee just to throw back and forth. It's fun to play frisbee

  • with a friend. Do you want to go play Frisbee? Okay let's go

  • play Frisbee. And you throw it back and forth. When I was a

  • kid a relative visited from Holland and he brought gifts

  • for all of us. And he gave me a kite. I had never had a kite

  • before. A kite is a small