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pecking bird toy

There has been a tradition of wood carving in Bogorodskoye for many generations. Three hundred years ago, Peter the Great (who later became Czar of Russia) played with toy soldiers that were made in Bogorodskoye. The small town is surrounded by forest so it is an ideal place for wood carving to develop.

Young child’s toy How is it used? The handle is held so that the disk and hens are level. Then the hand makes a flat circular movement. This will make the ball swing in circles, which pulls the string attached to each hen’s neck. The hens will peck in succession, making a mesmerising rhythm! Those hungry chickens never seem to get enough to eat. Who is it used by and why them? These pecking hens are a toy. A toy is an object used for play. Toys are usually associated with children and this toy is probably ideal for a child aged 2 to 4 years. The toy is entertaining and great fun but like many toys it also helps in the child’s development by teaching a skill. Can you see what this skill is? It is learning to control careful hand movements. Toys are also collected by adults and these days many similar ‘traditional folk toys’ are sold as souvenirs to adults or as collector’s items.

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