Some new findings in Turkey confirm our ancestors’ childhoods included playing with Bronze Age toy chariots made of clay.
But since last May, archaeologists have found some objects that show everyday life in Sogmatar might not have been that different from our own contemporary lives … at least, for kids. In an infant’s tomb, a toy horse carriage with wheels and a decorated rattle were found.
In an article published by Hurriyet Daily News, the Şanliurfa Museum Director Celal Uludağ, who is also the head of the Sogmatar excavations, explained “the toy dates back to the Bronze Age and is thought to have been produced for the children of kings or administrators in the city. It shows us the sense of art and children’s sense of play 5,000 years ago.”
Now we know two things for certain:
1) Rattles have been around for at least five millennia.
2) Kids have always loved playing with miniature wheeled thingies, whether chariots or trucks.