Toys only became more common as the playthings of children as a result of the Industrial Revolution. In ancient and medieval times, parents played with gadgets of all sorts, deigning to allow children to play along only on special occasions. Moreover, according to the Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood in History and Society, it was only when mass production got a foothold that adults passed on to children novelties such as water-powered mechanical figures.
Paper Toys Scale Monumental Heights in Historical Society Collection
Industrial Revolution made space for playthings for children.
HUMANITIES, March/April 2015, Volume 36, Number 2