Kentucky Advocate

Girl Playing
Hoop and Stick

The following is quoted from the Kentucky Advocate on Sept 17 2006.

Many kids found themselves especially entertained with a toy shop where they were encouraged to test the toys.

(Child's name withheld), of Danville took advantage of the opportunity.

I don't know what it's called but it's fun" she said as she rolled a small, hard ball on the ground toward a slab of wood with three holes cut out of it. She missed her target, but retrieved the balls and tried again.

(She) and others ran from toy station to toy station near the Faire Tyme Toys booth out of Ontario Canada, which specializes in old fashioned, hand-made toys. Toymaker John Skakel said there's an easy explanation why today's kids are so amazed with toys of the past.
"I want a toy I can play with, and not a toy that plays with me" he said.

Batteries are not included, and not required, and that is another point of interest for many kids, Skakel said. He compared old-time toys to the cardboard boxes kids play with instead of the shiny new toys that come inside.

Fellow toymaker Jim Gilbert thought when he started the business, there would be maybe 10 to 15 toys. Turns out, after he did his research, hundreds of toys exist from the 18th century.
"Kids always say the same thing, 'Why can't new toys be as fun as old toys" he said. It's all new to them. Everything old becomes new again. That's certainly true with toys."

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