No one is completely sure who invented the first toy. Historians believe the first toys were used in or around 4000 B.C.
Toys were a lot different in ancient times than they are today and, for a time, they were rare. The first board game came from Babylonia around 4000 B.C. and was an ancestor of chess and checkers. Children in ancient times played with dolls made of string and paper and in ancient Greece, children would play ball with an inflated pig's bladder. As time went on, toys like tops, model horses, and rocking horses were invented to give children something with which to play.