Children around the world all share a common interest with young warm blooded animal cubs: an innate urge to play.The use of play is a natural method for learning how to coordinate movements and for practicing actions and routines.Later, in the adult phase, these skills will be essential for the development of the animal… Traces of toys have been found dating back to the beginning of time and from all cultures in every part of the planet.
The importance of traditional toys is made evident by the existence of various museums which display these tools of traditional child’s play.
The most relevant one is likely the (the museum of popular Mexican toys, popularly known as “la Esquina” given its corner location).
The museum is in San Miguel de Allende, in the state of Guanajuato, and it houses over one thousand of these play items.
Other noteworthy museums include the (known as the MUJAM) in Mexico City.
It is always surprising to see little children however, perhaps your own child, opening a Christmas present only to promptly remove and brush aside the shiny new toy robot inside and go about playing with the empty box, transforming it into a helmet, a boat, a house, a fort… Mexico has an old and valuable tradition of creating carefully crafted wooden toys decorated with vibrant colors.
It is no coincidence that Mexico is the world’s third largest producer of toys after China and Spain.
Over 220 traditional toy manufacturing companies employ some 28,000 workers.
Traditional Mexican toys, some of which have been inherited from pre-Colombian cultures, continue to prevail and bravely stand up to videogames, with whom they coexist in relative harmony.
A game in which each player purchases pieces of cardboard decorated with certain pictures and symbols that match those found in a deck of cards.